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Kraus: Fiskarena / Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557498   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Between the opera/ballets of Rameau and Beethoven's Prometheus (which no one particularly cares for anyway), how many free-standing ballets by Classical composers do we care about? None. Well, here's a chamber setting of a piece that, on disc at least, makes for a highly charming and diverting 50 minutes of listening. The Fishermen's numerous short movements might best be summarized as comic opera without the singers. The dances include two labeled "Anglais", the second of which is clearly a traditional hornpipe, and there's also a penultimate dance in Hungarian style that anyone who knows Haydn's music in this vein will find quite familiar. Unfortunately (or maybe not) the plot is lost, but it's not hard to place the music's Read more pastoral imagery and rustic demeanor. This piece is a real find, one that adds an additional dimension not just to Kraus' discography, but to our knowledge of ballet circa. 1789.

The other works are minor, but certainly not disappointing. Kraus' two Pantomines are in fact three- and four-movement sinfonias in miniature, while the two brief movements written for Gluck's Armide strike a more serious note. All of the performances are excellent--beautifully played by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and featuring sprightly conducting by Petter Sundkvist. He may go a bit too far in stretching the rhythm in the ballet's Hungarian dance, but there's no gainsaying his laudable efforts to characterize the various numbers. Excellent sonics too. This disc is a treat.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Pantomime in D, VB 37 by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Sweden 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden (05/16/2005 - 05/19/2005) 
2. Fishermen, VB 40 by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1789; Sweden 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden 
Length: 50 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden (05/16/2005 - 05/19/2005) 
3. Pantomime in G, VB 38 by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Sweden 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden (05/16/2005 - 05/19/2005) 
4. Ballet Movements (2) for Gluck's "Armide" by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Stockholm, Sweden 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden (05/16/2005 - 05/19/2005) 

Featured Sound Samples

Pantomime in D: II. Adagio
Fishermen: 10. Angloise

Sound Samples

Pantomime in D major, VB 37: I. Allegro
Pantomime in D major, VB 37: II. Adagio
Pantomime in D major, VB 37: III. Presto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: Overture: Larghetto pero con moto - Allegro
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 1. Andante
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 2. Allegro
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 3. Andante con moto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 4. Allegretto ma non troppo presto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 5. Allegretto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 6. Andante con moto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 7. Allegretto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 8. Angloise
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 9. Allegro
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 10. Angloise
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 11. Allegro
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 12. Allegro
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 13. Allegretto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 14. Con piu di moto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 15. -
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 16. Andante con moto
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 17. Allegro
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 18. Allegretto grazioso
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 19. Ungherese
Fiskarena (The Fishermen), VB 40: No. 20. Contradanza Finale
Pantomime in G major, VB 38: I. Allegro
Pantomime in G major, VB 38: II. Tempi di marcia
Pantomime in G major, VB 38: III. Adagio
Pantomime in G major, VB 38: IV. Allegro
Almide: Ballet Music, VB 39: Act I Scene 3: Fieramente
Almide: Ballet Music, VB 39: Act IV Scene I: Allegro moderato

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