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Robert Dearling
Hi-Fi News & Record Review, January 2009

"The Swedish CO has good style under Petter Sundkvist's alert direction, the sound comes through with crystal clarity, and the disc offers incredible value. One anticipates Vols. 3 and 4 with impatience."

Penguin Guide, January 2009

Born in the same year as Mozart, Kraus was dubbed the ‘Swedish Mozart’, but these lively symphonies, freshly performed by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, suggest that his music has mor in common with that of Haydn (who praised his music highly), above all in the Sturm und Drang period. Kraus was drawn to the minor keys (especially the Symphony in C sharp minor and the Symphonie funèbre), and the tough streak in his writing is emphasized by the sharpness of syncopated rhythms. The major-key symphonies are marginally less striking, although Allegros still have plenty of vitality. Indeed, the fourth volume (8.555305) contains all the positive qualities that mark the other three volumes, the major-key symphonies combining classical elegance with Kraus’s more dramatic style. The music is animated and inventive, often with a compelling edge, with the spirit of Haydn strongly felt in the major-keyed works. First-class recording and lively, fresh playing complete the picture.

Classic FM, January 2000

"Pick of 1999."

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