Mark Tatlow

Joseph Martin Kraus: Proserpin

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When King of Sweden Gustav III heard the 25-year-old Joseph Martin Kraus' opera Proserpin in a private performance in his royal pleasure palace, he was so impressed that he sent him on a grand tour of Europe, made him his kapellmeister,/i> and became his friend. It's that good an opera. A work uniting classical form and balance with Sturm und Drang passion and expressivity, Kraus' Proserpin is a brilliantly composed and hauntingly beautiful work that bears comparison with the best operas of Gluck and Haydn.

Mark Tatlow's 1994 Musica Sveciae recording is the one and only recording of Proserpin,and thankfully, it is superb recording. The choral singing is sure and supple. The orchestral playing is sweet and strong. The solo singing is characterful and convincing. Tatlow's conducting is intensely dramatic but with complete control of form and structure. Musica Svaciae's sound is clear and deep. The notes are detailed and entertaining.