CD Review- Classic FM Magazine on Gal Violin Concerti and Triptych

Classic FM, October 2010 issue

Gál

Violin Concerto, Triptych, Concertino for Violin and Strings

Annette-Barbara Vogel, Northern Sinfonia/Kenneth Woods

***** (Five stars)

One of  a generation of native-born refugees from Nazi-dominated Austria in the 1930’s, Hans Gál spent the rest of his life in Edinburgh. There he became better known as a teacher, editor and writer rather than the fine composer he evidently was. These three works are rooted in the Austro-German tradition with the slightest modern twinge; they make for a pleasing listen with Vogel’s strong and beautiful playing matched by the excellent accompaniments. The Violin Concerto, composed during Gál’s exile is a particularly fine creation. MH

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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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