Ensemble Epomeo: Composer Kile Smith on composer Alfred Schnittke

Ensemble Epomeo has been playing Kile Smith’s beautiful new string trio, Thrice Blest, a lot this year. Kile has managed to come to a couple of our performances, including our concert at the University of Pennsylvania a few days ago. He’s written a fascinating blog post, dealing in large part with his reactions to Schnittke’s […]

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Concert Review- Stratford-upon-Avon Herald: Orchestra of the Swan Mahler and Strauss

“Mahler of quite exceptional quality” Civic Hall, Stratford upon Avon 26 November 2010 by John Wheeler “On Friday at the Townsend Hall, in Shipston, we were treated to a concert of quite exceptional quality, entitled ‘Essential Mahler’ in which the Orchestra of the Swan was joined by contralto Emma Curtis, tenor Brennen Guillory and baritone […]

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Well-Tempered Ear: JS interviews KW on Hans Gal Part I

The excitement of  “Kenneth Woods Week” (I’m told it that I’d better not start thinking it’s Kenneth Woods week here at Vftp headquarters if I know what is good for me)  continues @The Well-Tempered Ear with Part I of Jacob Stockinger’s interview with me on the music of Hans Gál. Jake and I covered a […]

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Well-Tempered Ear: KW and Hans Gal Week part I

The Well-Tempered Ear has quickly become the official source for classical music news and reviews serving Madison, Wisconsin’s very diverse and vibrant scene. Jacob Stockinger was the arts and culture desk editor and the former features editor and former news and investigative reporter at The Capital Times newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin from 1981 until his […]

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Guest blog- Peter Davison on Mahler and Strauss at Orchestra of the Swan

Last Friday’s Orchestra of the Swan performance of the Strauss Emperor Waltz and Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” and “Das Lied von der Erde” were prefaced by a wonderful and thought-provoking pre-concert talk by Mahler scholar and Vftp contributor, Peter Davison. In it, he not only finds the connections between these three remarkable and iconic […]

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On the skis, at the top of a new run, Part V

On tour with Ensemble Epomeo, Day 7 Yesterday morning, all that remained (after the stack of emails) was the final 100 miles or so to the Manchester Airport, a quick flight to Philly and concert at Penn. Hah! As we pulled away from the house, I heard an ominous noise. “Stop the car,” I told […]

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Concert Review- Classical Source on New Queen’s Hall Orchestra Gala with KW and K&W

Full Review at “New Queen’s Hall Orchestra Gala Concert” “Reviewed by: Douglas Cooksey Rossini Il signor Bruschino – Overture Walton Facade: An Entertainment [selection] Andrew Divine, adapted and arranged Roy Moore Faith [first performance] Beethoven Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92 Kit & The Widow (reciters) New Queen’s Hall Orchestra Kenneth Woods St John’s, Smith Square, London Thursday, […]

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CD Review: Robert R Reilly/CNA on Gal Triptych and Violin Concerti

Robert C Reilly at the Catholic News Agency dedicates a good chunk of his monthly column for October to the music of Hans Gal: “Austrian Jewish composer Hans Gál fled the Nazis in 1938 and eventually moved to Scotland, where he died at the ripe old age of 97. I have earlier written about his […]

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