* 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