Repertoire Report- 2011 KW

Happy New Year, VFTP Friends and Fans

The old year is out and the new one has arrived, which means it is Repertoire Report season at VFTP.  Our crack research team has spent literally minutes upon minutes combing through my programs for the year now past, assembling the annual listing of repertoire.

2011 was a very different year for me on many levels- more touring with the trio, which means more repeat performances of core works, and lots of time spent on recording projects. A great deal of time in the first half of the year went into getting the post-production details of my recordings of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Schumann and Gál’s 3rd Symphonies right. There were edits and masters to listen to and check, program notes to write and lots more. I recorded 3 more CD’s in 2011. First up in June was  a fantastic disc of new works for Japanese traditional instruments and orchestra in collaboration with my Orchestra of the Swan colleague David Curtis and my inspirational colleagues at Kyo-Shin An Arts. Then, in December, there were two more Gál projects- the Orchestra of the Swan recording of Gál 4 and Schumann 2 followed by the first recording of my string trio, Ensemble Epomeo, of the complete string trios of Gál and Hans Krasa. So, all in all, more repeat performances, more prep time and post production for recordings and fewer works getting a single outing.

I point this all out because on first glance, this repertoire report makes it look a bit like I had a slow year in 2011, when nothing could be further from the truth. Numerically, Repertoire Reports are incredibly prone to statistical distortion. Some projects, like the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop (which took a hiatus in 2011), the Harlech workshop I did in 2010 or any Viennese New Year project can add 10-20 works to a list in a week. On the other hand, huge works like Mahler 6 or Shostakovich 7 take up a lot of space on programs and in rehearsal time. This past year definitely tilted towards bigger, long-term projects.

As in past years, we’ll save detailed discussion, analysis and comparison with past years and other conductors for future posts

You can see my 2010 repertoire report here. 2009 here.



 1.    Bartok- Concerto for Orchestra

2.    Beethoven- String Trio op 9 no. 11

3.    Beethoven- Piano Concerto no. 1

4.    Beethoven- Symphony no. 1 in C major (2)

5.    Beethoven- Symphony no. 9

6.    Brahms- Alto Rhapsody

7.    Brahms- Tragic Overture

8.    Brahms- Variations on a Theme by Haydn

9.    Brahms- Piano Concerto. no. 2

10. Brahms- Symphony no. 1 in C minor

11. Britten- Cello Sonata

12. Bruckner- Symphony no. 5

13. Chopin- Cello Sonata

14. Copland- Dance Episodes from Rodeo

15. Dvorak- Wind Serenade

16. Dvorak- In Nature’s Realm

17. Dvorak- Othello

18. Dvorak- Carnival

19. Dvorak- Violin Concerto

20. Elgar- In the South

21. Elgar- Symphony no. 2

22. Gal- Serenade for String Trio op 41 (rec)

23. Gal- Trio op 104 (rec)

24. Gal- Symphony no. 4 (rec)

25. Gershwin- Rhapsody in Blue

26. Edward Gregson- Contrasts for Orchestra

27. Glazunov- Violin Concerto

28. Holst- The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra

29. Hummel-Trumpet Concerto

30. Krasa- Tanec (rec)

31. Krasa- Passacaglia and Fugue (rec)

32. Levinson- Three Parables

33. Lyadov- Eight Russian Folksongs

34. Mahler- Symphony no. 6 in A minor “Tragic”

35. Mendelssohn- Cello Sonata

36. Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”)

37. Mendelssohn- Symphony no. 1

38. Mozart: Divertimento K136

39. Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, Turkish

40. Mozart: Symphony no. 29

41. Mozart- Symphony no. 35 in D major (Haffner)

42. Mozart- Symphony no. 38 in D major “Prague

43. Saint-Saens- Cello Concerto no. 1

44. James Schlefer– Shakuhachi Concerto (UK Premiere) (rec)

45. Schlefer/Miyagi- Haru no Umi  (world premiere) (rec)

46. Schnittke: Mozart a la Haydn

47. Schnittke- String Trio

48. Schubert- Quintet in C major, for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos

49. Schumann- Symphony no. 2 in C major

50. Shostakovich- Festive Overture

51. Shostakovich- Gadfly Suite

52. Shostakovich (arr Barshai)- Chamber Symphony op 118a

53. Shostakovich- Symphony no. 7 “Leningrad”

54. Shostakovich- Symphony no. 9

55. Shostakovich- Symphony no. 10

56. Sibelius- Symphony no. 7

57. Smith- Two New England Hymns (world premiere)

58. Johann Strauss Sr- Radetzky March

59. Richard Strauss- Variations on “’s Deandl is harb auf mi”

60. Tchaikovsky- Suite from “The Nutcracker”

61. Tchaikovsky- Symphony no. 4

62. Vaughan Williams- Overture to “The Wasps”

63. Waggoner- The Emperor’s New Clothes

64. Wagner- Overture to the Flying Dutchman

65. Whitman- The Princess and the Man with a Pure Heart

66. Yang- Lubin from Chelm


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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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