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  • Conductor: Janne Nisonen
  • Composer: Joseph Martin Kraus
  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ondine
  • ASIN: B007C7FD5Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Viola Concerto in E-Flat Major, VB 153c: I. Risoluto10:46Album Only
  2. Viola Concerto in E-Flat Major, VB 153c: II. Adagio e cantabile 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Viola Concerto in E-Flat Major, VB 153c: III. Rondo: Moderato 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Viola Concerto in C Major, VB 153b: I. Allegro maestoso 8:32Album Only
  5. Viola Concerto in C Major, VB 153b: II. Larghetto cantabile 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Viola Concerto in C Major, VB 153b: III. Rondo: Allegro 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Concerto for Viola and Cello in G Major, VB 153a: I. Allegro moderato e cantabile11:33Album Only
  8. Concerto for Viola and Cello in G Major, VB 153a: II. Adagio 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Concerto for Viola and Cello in G Major, VB 153a: III. Rondo: Allegro moderato 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 

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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 (ODE 1153-2), 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.


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 at their concerto repertoire now has three challenging and beautiful additions, and those who wish to hear what is going on in the European string concerto beyond Haydn and Mozart could hardly do better to start here. --David Threasher, Gramophone

Carpenter and the superb Tapiola Sinfonietta, directed by its leader Janne Nisonen, undoubtedly makes out an extremely impressive case for this music, and these superbly played and recorded accounts are unlikely to disappoint… Carpenter plays the often demanding solo parts with ease, assurance and complete aplomb, and his fine-toned Deconet viola never sounds strained or nasal, even in the high-register passagework which abounds throughout all three works. --Michael Jameson, International Record Review

All three Concertos are never less than charming, especially in their light-hearted final rondos. --George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Bernhardsson on 29 Oct. 2012
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This wonderful permiere recording of the recently rediscovered Joseph Martin Kraus viola concerti is clearly a must get for any lover of the classicist period. Here's hoping that these concertos will make it into the core viola repertoire. Highly recommended!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Carpenter does it again! 6 Aug. 2012
By Warren Harris - Published on
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David Aaron Carpenter has chops. Period. His viola playing is just simply marvelous, and in this disc of concertos by Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) he shows that the viola does indeed deserve to be the featured instrument with orchestral accompaniment rather than being relegated to a supporting role in a symphony orchestra.

The first piece is a Concerto in E-flat Major for Viola and Orchestra, and it starts with some Mozartian sounding material...and though it isn't Mozart, it is glorious just the same. The second movement consists of slower material, but exquisitely played by Mr. Carpenter, with the orchestra providing perfectly textured music as accompaniment. The third movement starts off with a strong toe-tapping rhythm and delightful guaranteed-to-put-a-smile-on-your-face performances from the soloist and the orchestra. Ahhhhhh...this is wonderful!

The second piece is also Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, this time in C Major and the first movement is fun, fun, fun. Mr. Carpenter's Viola is playful and warm and frolicking. You can't help but smile when listening to him play this movement. The second movement is slower, but sweetly played - I really wished this was a DVD so that I could watch him - it's that good. And the 3rd movement is perfect, joyful and jaunty.

The last piece is a Concerto in G Major for Viola, Cello, and Orchestra, and again Mr. Carpenter's wonderful tone is evident, as is the fact that the Tapiola Sinfonietta (under Janne Nisonen's baton) is having a great time. This piece shines through and through.

This disc is fantastic from beginning to end. Very Highly Recommended!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating Kraus discovery 23 May 2012
By Luke Agati - Published on
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For centuries the viola has seen its fair share of adversity. Accused of not having a soul or being a stringed instrument with a colourless life, one can only speculate that its survival was mainly due to its timbre which was only fit enough to fill in the harmonies between violins and cellos. Even though a number of attempts were made by luthiers and composers to re-address the viola as a prominent player, it failed to attract to become a solo instrument. Of the few composers who wrote for it, only a handful, like Kraus, came from the eighteenth century. Of these, works by Flackton, Telemann, K. Stamitz, Vanhal, Mozart and Hoffmeister have been recorded. Unsurprisingly, the viola faced an even more miserable repertoire in the following century.

Given this information, this premiere recording is certainly a welcome addition to the catalogue of concertos for the viola. Although I have a number of Kraus recordings, none, apart from CPO's Miserere and Requiem etc (2008; 777409-2), have been as memorable as this latest recording from Ondine played by David Aaron Carpenter and the Tapiola Sinfonietta. Although the disc opens with the concerto in E flat, I must admit it did not catch my immediate attention; however the second and third concerto in C and G, respectively had won me over (the second in particularly). All three concertos certainly share Kraus's virtuoso writing, and though there are stylistic traits leaning more towards Stamitz (than Hoffstetter, in my opinion), Kraus provides his own individuality. According to the booklet his `trademarks' are `his penchant for varied repetition', `modulatory patterns' and his `use of sequences'. Kraus's melodic themes, no matter how small, are simple yet catchy, particularly with the popular eighteenth century rondo he supplies in the last movement in each of his three concertos. As for David Aaron Carpenter, the soloist, he has the strength of a viola player, the sentiment for expressing beautiful melody, a genius of interpretation and a master for virtuosity, particularly in such a difficult-to-handle instrument. My only concern lies with the overshadowing of the viola by orchestral accompaniment on the odd occasion. Nonetheless, this CD is a worthwhile addition for the library of any serious music lover, devotee of eighteenth century music, not to mention the viola enthusiast or viola player. An enjoyable recording!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting Faux Mozart/Haydn 8 Feb. 2014
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
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Joseph Martin Kraus was born in Germany but moved as a young man to Sweden, and had a only a brief life that was almost exactly contemporaneous with that of Mozart. I've enjoyed many of his symphonies and other works, and this disc presents three marvelous viola concertos recorded, I think, for the first time. They are all intricate, well-crafted and sophisticated works, highly reminiscent at times of Mozart's impulsiveness and orchestration, but also with a measured and relaxed tone that leans ever so slightly toward Haydn. To my untrained ear, the playing is excellent, and this disc easily takes one of my top spots as an alternative to the aforementioned Wolfgang and Franz Joseph. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A singular and incomparable musical offering. 14 Aug. 2014
By Dr.G. - Published on
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These concerti are stunning. I desire with all my heart that they be heard more often in the concert hall and purchased by you the listener. You simply can't anticipate the beauty you are missing. A singular and incomparable musical offering of the highest caliber.
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