Joseph Martin Kraus

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German-Swedish composer (Born in Miltenberg am Main, Germany 20 June 1756, and died in Stockholm, Sweden 15 December 1792). He moved to Stockholm in 1778, and is often referred to as "the Swedish Mozart".

Joseph Martin Kraus’ dates (1756-1792) make him an exact contemporary of Mozart, integral with the untimely death at the age of 36 (of tuberculosis), one year and ten days after Mozart (he was his younger by a mere five months). He was born and trained in Germany but his compositional career really started in full in 1781, at 25, when he entered the service of the enlightened King of Sweden Gustav III after three years spent in Sweden in dire conditions, vying for recognition. Gustav even sponsored Kraus on a four-year training tour of Europe, from October 1782 to the end of 1786 – the ancient regime version of J. William Fulbright, I call it. As for Gustav, he was kind of the Swedish Lincoln or Kennedy, not because he abolished slavery or stood up to the Russians (although, for the latter, he did, to regain the Baltic provinces, but only after having allied with them to conquer Norway) but because of his assassination (and Gustav is famous for providing the model of Ricardo in Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera, derived from Auber’s Gustave III ou le Bal masqué). In fact Gustav is a highly controversial figure, an enlightened despot, admirer of Voltaire, who cut down the powers of the parliamentary nobility (the Brits and the French would have chopped his head off after a mock trial, and had he been a Roman some 1700 years earlier, his own son would have stabbed him), legalized Catholic and Jewish presence in Sweden and lavished a lot of money on the arts. No wonder then that Kraus wrote his Funeral Cantata to his memory: one puts one’s art where one’s mouth is, the French call it “la reconnaissance du ventre”, “the stomach’s recognition”. Himself died a mere nine months after his patron, an admirable case of a servant’s faithfulness to his masters, considering what I pay my cleaning lady by the hour, I doubt that she will do the same for me.
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H-1156 Joseph Martin Kraus - Symphonies For Kings album art Joseph Martin Kraus, Gaetano Brunetti, Angelicum Orchestra Of Milan* Under The Direction Of Newell Jenkins Joseph Martin Kraus, Gaetano Brunetti, Angelicum Orchestra Of Milan* Under The Direction Of Newell Jenkins - Symphonies For Kings Nonesuch H-1156 US 1967 Sell This Version
MUR 17 Joseph Martin Kraus - Vienna Flute Quintet In D Major / Piano Sonata In E Major album art Joseph Martin KrausWerner Löhrich, Günter Krieger, The Heidelberg Barock Ensemble* Joseph Martin KrausWerner Löhrich, Günter Krieger, The Heidelberg Barock Ensemble* - Vienna Flute Quintet In D Major / Piano Sonata In E Major(LP, Album, Mono) Musica Rara MUR 17 UK 1967 Sell This Version
VCS-10065 Joseph Martin Kraus - Funeral Cantata For Gustave III Of Sweden album art Joseph Martin Kraus Funeral Cantata For Gustave III Of Sweden(LP, Album) Vanguard VCS-10065 US 1969 Sell This Version
SM 93310 Joseph Martin Kraus - Josef Martin Kraus Und Das Süddeutsche Rokoko album art Josef Martin Kraus* - Hanno Haag, Anneliese Schlicker Josef Martin Kraus* - Hanno Haag, Anneliese Schlicker - Josef Martin Kraus Und Das Süddeutsche Rokoko(LP, Album) Da Camera Magna SM 93310 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
SM 92727 Joseph Martin Kraus - Wiener Flötenquintett - Klaviersonate album art Joseph Martin Kraus Wiener Flötenquintett - Klaviersonate(LP) Da Camera Magna SM 92727 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
M 32842 Joseph Martin Kraus - Music For Flute And Violin / Viola album art Eugenia Zukerman And Pinchas Zukerman - Beethoven* / Telemann* / Kraus* Eugenia Zukerman And Pinchas Zukerman - Beethoven* / Telemann* / Kraus* - Music For Flute And Violin / Viola(LP, Album) Columbia Masterworks M 32842 US 1974 Sell This Version
MHS 3517 Joseph Martin Kraus - Gustavian Keyboard Music album art Naumann*, Kraus*, Wikmanson*, Stig Ribbing Naumann*, Kraus*, Wikmanson*, Stig Ribbing - Gustavian Keyboard Music(LP, Album) Musical Heritage Society MHS 3517 US 1975 Sell This Version
7C 061-35584 Joseph Martin Kraus - En Sommarnattskonsert På 1700-talet album art Kraus*, Roman*, Johnsen*, Nationalmusei Kammarorkester Kraus*, Roman*, Johnsen*, Nationalmusei Kammarorkester - En Sommarnattskonsert På 1700-talet(LP) EMI 7C 061-35584 Sweden 1978 Sell This Version
CAP 1173 Joseph Martin Kraus - Sonat Nr 1 E-dur • Sonat Nr 2 Ess-dur album art Joseph Martin Kraus, Lucia Negro Joseph Martin Kraus, Lucia Negro - Sonat Nr 1 E-dur • Sonat Nr 2 Ess-dur(LP) Caprice Records CAP 1173 Sweden 1979 Sell This Version
SM 92114 Joseph Martin Kraus - Kammermusik album art Joseph Martin Kraus, Thaddeus Watson, Philipp Naegele, Günter Krieger Joseph Martin Kraus, Thaddeus Watson, Philipp Naegele, Günter Krieger - Kammermusik(LP) Da Camera Magna SM 92114 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
MSCD 416S Joseph Martin Kraus - Sorgemusik Över Gustaf III album art Joseph Martin Kraus Sorgemusik Över Gustaf III(CD, Album) Musica Sveciae MSCD 416S Sweden 1988 Sell This Version
MS 416 Joseph Martin Kraus - Begravningskantat för Gustav III = Funeral Cantata For Gustav III album art Joseph Martin Kraus Begravningskantat för Gustav III = Funeral Cantata For Gustav III(LP) Musica Sveciae MS 416 Sweden 1988 Sell This Version
MSCD 416 Joseph Martin Kraus - Funeral Music For Gustav III album art Joseph Martin Kraus Funeral Music For Gustav III(CD, Album) Musica Sveciae MSCD 416 Sweden 1988 Sell This Version
MSCD 414 Joseph Martin Kraus - Stråkkvartetter = String Quartets album art Joseph Martin Kraus, Lysellkvartetten Joseph Martin Kraus, Lysellkvartetten - Stråkkvartetter = String Quartets(CD, Album) Musica Sveciae MSCD 414 Sweden 1990 Sell This Version
ABCD 031 Joseph Martin Kraus - Mozart And His Contemporaries album art Mozart*, Kraus*, Vogler*, J G Berwald*, Lars Roos, Örebro Chamber Orchestra, Göran W Nilson Mozart*, Kraus*, Vogler*, J G Berwald*, Lars Roos, Örebro Chamber Orchestra, Göran W Nilson - Mozart And His Contemporaries(CD, Album) Bluebell Of Sweden ABCD 031 Sweden 1990 Sell This Version
10 396 Joseph Martin Kraus - 4 Sinfonien album art Joseph Martin Kraus, Concerto Köln Joseph Martin Kraus, Concerto Köln - 4 Sinfonien (Album, Comp) Capriccio (2) 10 396 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
MSCD 419 Joseph Martin Kraus - Symfonier album art Joseph Martin Kraus, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Anthony Halstead Joseph Martin Kraus, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Anthony Halstead - Symfonier(CD, Album) Musica Sveciae MSCD 419 Sweden 1991 Sell This Version
C 254921 A Joseph Martin Kraus - Symphonien, Violinkonzert album art Joseph Martin Kraus, Martin Sieghart, Edith Peinemann, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester Joseph Martin Kraus, Martin Sieghart, Edith Peinemann, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester - Symphonien, Violinkonzert(CD) Orfeo (2) C 254921 A Germany 1992 Sell This Version
10 430 Joseph Martin Kraus - Symphonie Funebre album art Joseph Martin Kraus , Vol. 2 Concerto Köln Joseph Martin Kraus , Vol. 2 Concerto Köln - Symphonie Funebre(CD, Album) Capriccio (2) 10 430 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
MSCD 415 Joseph Martin Kraus - Kammarmusik = Chamber Music album art J M Kraus* Kammarmusik = Chamber Music(CD, Album) Musica Sveciae MSCD 415 Sweden 1992 Sell This Version
150 082-2 Joseph Martin Kraus - Flötenquintette album art Luigi Boccherini, Joseph Martin Kraus, Aurèle Nicolet, Athenaeum Enesco String Quartet Paris* Luigi Boccherini, Joseph Martin Kraus, Aurèle Nicolet, Athenaeum Enesco String Quartet Paris* - Flötenquintette(CD) Novalis 150 082-2 Switzerland 1992 Sell This Version
MSCD 422-423 Joseph Martin Kraus - Proserpin album art Joseph Martin Kraus Proserpin(2xCD, Album) Musica Sveciae MSCD 422-423 Sweden 1994 Sell This Version
MSCD 424 Joseph Martin Kraus - Arie E Cantate album art Joseph Martin Kraus Arie E Cantate(CD, Album) Musica Sveciae MSCD 424 Sweden 1994 Sell This Version
MSCD 909 Joseph Martin Kraus - A Musical Portrait album art Joseph Martin Kraus A Musical Portrait(CD, Album) Musica Sveciae MSCD 909 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
8.553734S Joseph Martin Kraus - Tre Symfonier / Uvertyr Till Olympie album art Kraus*, Svenska Kammarorkestern, Petter Sundkvist Kraus*, Svenska Kammarorkestern, Petter Sundkvist - Tre Symfonier / Uvertyr Till Olympie (Album) Naxos 8.553734S Scandinavia 1997 Sell This Version