Haydn in The Oregonian

There’s a nice story in The Oregonian today from senior music critic David Stabler on Haydn and the never-ending Haydn/Mozart rivalry. In spite of the fact that David quotes from me extensively, it is a very good piece.


Audiences love Mozart, but Haydn’s music holds a special place for those who know it. With perfect technique, clear layout, rich harmonies and generous emotions, he leaves listeners optimistic, buoyant, engaged.

One of those people is Kenneth Woods, a conductor living in Wales who programs Haydn symphonies whenever he can. Until this season, Woods led the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton.


“Haydn doesn’t have to be a minority interest,” he says. “When people hear his music done well, they adore it.”

On his music blog, a smart, opinionated forum about composers and conducting, Woods leads the charge in support of Haydn: “I’ve said it here before, but I’m not sure everyone heard me,” he writes. “Haydn was a more creative, more talented and more skilled composer than Mozart.”

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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.

Learn about Kenneth at www.kennethwoods.net

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