Concert Review- Nottingham Philharmonic, March 10, 2007


11:00 – 12 March 2007

American rock and classical musician Kenneth Woods seemed a born conductor in his recent city debut.

His second appearance with the Nottingham Philharmonic underlined that impression with performances combining excitement and integrity.The overture to Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila got the concert off to a flying start.

Great things were expected of a soloist who played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the London Symphony in her early teens. Ten years on, the technical finesse and searing intensity of Seoul’s So-Ock Kim did not disappoint.

Her command of the most complex passages was matched by the charm displayed in the work’s central canzonetta.

Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances went down a treat. The audience also warmed to the portraits of Elgar’s Enigma Variations – which were sketched and coloured with a fine panache.

by Peter Palmer

Re-blogged from the Nottingham Evening Post. Original here.

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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