BBC Music Magazine- KW in “Music To My Ears”


I had a nice chat a month or so ago with Jeremy Pound, deputy editor of BBC Music Magazine about what I’ve been listening to with particular interest of late. The results of that chat form part of the “Music To My Ears” feature in the July 2011 issue, in which prominent (!) performers are asked about their listening habits. Joining me on the hot seat this month are pianist Danny Driver and percussion virtuoso Colin Currie. The issue is on news stands now, but it’s really better if you subscribe.

I decided to stick to discussion of other conductors. In a business with so much room for hype and charlatanry, I hope it’s interesting for readers to know which conductors serious musicians take seriously. I don’t generally let myself discuss living conductors here except in very special circumstances, so it’s nice to have a forum to plug two of the exciting talents of our time alongside two of the giants of all time. I also wanted to to mix live exeperience, CDs and radio listening experiences.

Have you heard anything lately that made you stay in the car and listen? Everything but the Music has one such story of falling in love with Schumann 4 in the parking lot of Best Buy here. I’d love to hear your stories of radio experiences so vivid you couldn’t get out of the car.







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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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