ESO Performance of Elgar/Fraser War Symphony a Classical Music Magazine Premiere of the Year

From the December-February issue of Classical Music Magazine, Christopher Morley picks the ESO’s performance of Donald Fraser’s orchestration of the Elgar Piano Quintet as his Premiere of the Year.

Congrats to all the wonderful composers and ensembles mentioned in this overview of important first performances. The magazine is on sale now, subscription information is here.

 

“… but October’s performance under Kenneth Woods in the appropriately named Elgar Concert Hall at Birmingham University was a revelation… This triumph of transcription deserves to be heard worldwide.”

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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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2 comments on “ESO Performance of Elgar/Fraser War Symphony a Classical Music Magazine Premiere of the Year”

  1. Tom Gauterin

    Ken – congratulations on the success of this. Was the performance recorded? I’d be interested in hearing the piece. Also, how might I get hold of a score please? This might very well appeal to an orchestra I conduct. Many thanks.
    Best wishes
    Tom

  2. Kenneth Woods

    Hi Tom-

    It comes out on CD in the spring. I’ll put you in touch with Don about the score. It’s not easy- possibly one of the most technically challenging pieces for the players I’ve ever done!

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