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This new release features the first-ever commercial recording of three newly discovered viola concertos by German-born Swedish composer Joseph Martin Kraus.
Joseph Martin Kraus was one of the most innovative composers of his time. With Mozart, he was described by Haydn as one of only two geniuses he knew.
Recipient of the 2011 Leonard Bernstein Award and of the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant, David Aaron Carpenter has emerged as one of the world's most promising young artists. The Philadelphia Inquirer describes him as being “in a league with the best.”
This release follows on the success of David’s earlier recordings, including the Elgar and Schnittke concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach (ODE11532), which was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.
One of the leading chamber orchestras in the world, the Tapiola Sinfonietta has enjoyed critical success from their recordings of key Classical repertoire, including the Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with piano soloist Olli Mustonen.
Joseph Martin Kraus: Viola Concerto in E flat major, VB 153c
II. Adagio e cantabile
III. Rondo: Moderato
Joseph Martin Kraus: Viola Concerto in C major, VB 153b
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Larghetto cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro
Joseph Martin Kraus: Concerto for Viola and Cello in G major, VB 153a
I. Allegro moderato e cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro moderato
“Carpenter is a sensitive and knowledgeable guide through these works, which he plays as if they've always been with him. Viola players will surely rejoice that their concerto repertoire now has three challenging and beautiful additions.”
“Their Haydnesque scale and formal clarity suggest they're all early works. There's a passionately Strum und Drang quality to the bleak opening unisons, but Kraus was clearly a fine melodist; all three slow movements include touching lyrical passages, beautifully drawn out and shaped by Aaron Carpenter's solo viola.”