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Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, August 2015

Kraus’s oeuvre is not that large, and part of it has been lost. Even so, there are several works which have never been recorded. This disc includes no fewer than six world première recordings. That alone makes it a worthwhile addition to the discography. It impressively underlines the quality of Kraus’ oeuvre and makes one understand why he was held in high esteem by Haydn and other composers. The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra delivers outstanding performances of the orchestral works and the instrumental scores of the vocal items. Monica Groop…has a nice voice which is suited to the repertoire which is performed here. They are beautifully sung and the balance between voice and orchestra is just right. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Richard Wigmore
Gramophone, April 2015

The playing throughout bristles with energy, with natural horns and contrabassoon lending an aptly raucous buzz to the tutti textures. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, January 2015

The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra plays very well… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Christopher Brodersen
Fanfare, January 2015

The string playing here is polished and mellifluous, on a par with the best period orchestras around. Conductor Häkkinen, who also accompanies on the fortepiano throughout, inspires his forces to play with vigor and precision.

Finnish mezzo-soprano Monica Groop…sings with her customary refinement and expressiveness. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, January 2015

[Monica Groop] has the sensitivity to vary her sound according to the context of the aria she is singing. The characterful Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, led from keyboards by Aapo Häkkinen, plays Kraus’s music with a light and lively touch, but finds room for darker emotions as well, where darker emotions are needed. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2015

the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra plays well… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




WQXR (New York), October 2014

Why [Kraus]’s been so neglected in modern times seems a mystery when listening to this collection of his very effective stage music by the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Along with several lively overtures, the fine Finnish soprano Monica Group is featured on a handful arias including one from a cantata written in King Gustav’s honor. © 2014 WQXR (New York) Read complete review



Brian Clark
Early Music Review, October 2014

…if the precisely articulated string playing, sonorous winds with punctuating brass and the perfectly time fortepiano interjections fail to persuade you, then you can rely on mezzo Monica Groop to charm your ears in any various tongues! Hers is an instrument of great warmth and power… © 2014 Early Music Review



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, October 2014

…it’s a very attractive collection, performed and recorded with style. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2014

Born and educated in Germany, Joseph Martin Kraus moved to Sweden in 1778, and in the years that followed became their leading musician of the 18th century. The Naxos label has done much to introduce him to present day record buyers, including an on-going series of symphony recordings. Most are receiving their first recording, and includes Kraus’s reworking of Johann Christian Bach’s Sentimi, non partir!. Here we do find music of outstanding quality, though the bubbly and happy overture to a play, Afventyraren, would certainly place him in Mozart’s exalted musical world. The distinguished mezzo, Monica Groop, brings her operatic background to the arias, and Aapo Häkkinen obtains neat and enthusiastic playing from the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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