CD Review- Musical Pointers on Bobby and Hans vol. 2

Short but sweet- a new review from Peter Grahame Woolf over at Musical Pointers for the Orchestra of the Swan’s new recording of Schumann 2 and Gal 4:

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A short excerpt:

With the lighter No 4 (Sinfonia concertante Op 105) Kenneth Woods continues his distinguished Gál cycle recorded at Stratford-on-Avon. This, with solo flute, clarinet, violin & cello is the aged composer’s farewell to composition, a lovely work which reminds one of Haydns’ sinfonia concertante with violin, cello, oboe and bassoon soloists. It ends with a Buffoneria !

No. 3 is a grander affair, and each is coupled with a Schumann symphony, Woods’ account of Schumann No 2 with his chamber orchestra overturning my disregard of it as my unfavourite of the canon…

All in all, this is a worthy endeavour, which should keep the name and music of holocaust survivor Hans Gál (1890-1987) before the public as long as CDs continue to be bought…

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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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