Repertoire Report, KW 2015

It’s that magical time of year again, when we take a statistical look back at the musical year that was with our highly anticipated (!) annual repertoire report.

2015 was a very intense and busy year, as can be seen from a substantial increase in total number of works played, number of premieres and number of works new for Ken over 2014. It was so intense and busy that I’d actually forgotten I’d done Ein Heldenleben this year until I started work on the list- and it was a very good Heldenleben, at that.  Beethoven led the way with 7 works in 2015, although if you give Elgar full credit for his almost complete reimagining of the Bach Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, it was a tie. Spiritually, 2015 felt like an Elgar year, with performances of of the Enigma Variations at Scotia Festival and the ESO’s Elgar Pilgrimage among the most memorable musical experiences of this or any year. Out of 90+ pieces, only one stank- can you guess which?

Mahler saw a slightly down year- no symphonies at all in 2015 after 3 in 2014, but 2016 promises to be better on that front. I’ve been wanting to do something by Krenek for ages, and finally hit the jackpot in 2015 with his first three Piano Concertos. Hopefully there will be more to come in the years ahead.

Time allowing, I’ll have more to say about the year that was in another post. Meanwhile, if you would like to add your Repertoire Report to the Vftp archive, just email the office at


2015 by the numbers

Most performed composers

Beethoven- 7
Elgar- 6 (or 7)
Mozart 5
Mendelssohn- 4
Shostakovich- 4
Brahms- 3
Krenek- 3

New pieces for Ken- 45 (28 in 2014)

World Premieres 9 (7 in 2014)

 Number of composers 58 (49 in 2014)

Living composers performed 14 (15 in 2014)

Works by living composer 20 (19 in 2014)


  1. J. S. Bach/Elgar: Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, opus 86 *
  2. WF Bach- Adagio from Sinfonia in D Minor (2) *
  3. Barber- Dover Beach *
  4. Barber- Canzonetta *
  5. Bartok – Music for Strings, percussion, celeste, harp and piano *
  6. Beethoven—String Trio in G major, opus 9 no. 1
  7. Beethoven – String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3
  8. Beethoven- Overture and Incidental Music from Egmont
  9. Beethoven – Triple Concerto
  10. Beethoven- Symphony no. 7 in A major
  11. Beethoven- Symphony no. 1
  12. Beethoven- Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major “Eroica”
  13. Benjamin – Romantic Fantasy for Violin and Viola *
  14. Brahms: String Quintet in G major, opus 111
  15. Brahms- Symphony no. 3 in F major, opus 90
  16. Brahms (arr. Woods)- Piano Quartet in A major opus 26 (world premiere) *
  17. Evan Chambers- String Quartet “Three Memories”
  18. Copland- Fanfare for the Common Man *
  19. Debussy- Marche Ecossaise *
  20. Dvorak- String Quartet in F major, “American”
  21. Dvorak- Symphony no. 9 “From the New World
  22. Elgar/Fraser- Symphonic Realization of Piano Quintet in A minor, opus 84 (world premiere) *
  23. Elgar- Introduction and Allegro for Strings
  24. Elgar- Overture “Froissart” opus 19 (2)
  25. Elgar- Violin Concerto, opus 61 (2)
  26. Elgar/Fraser- Sea Pictures (world premiere of new version for choir and strings)
  27. Elgar – Enigma Variations
  28. Gade- Jealousy *
  29. Hans Gál- Idyllikon *
  30. Gardel- Por Una Cabeza *
  31. Ginasteraa- Danzas Argentinas No. 2   *
  32. Geoffrey Gordon- Saint Blue, Double Concerto for Trumpet, Piano and Strings (2) (world premiere) *
  33. Grieg- Holberg Suite
  34. Handel- “Alleluia” from The Dettingen Anthem 2) *
  35. Handel- Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, “The Ways of Zion do Mourn” (2) *
  36. Harty- Irish Symphony *
  37. Haydn- String Quartet op 76 no.5 *
  38. Haydn- Symphony no. 103 “Drum Roll”
  39. Holst- The Planets
  40. Tom Kraines- Hansel and Gretel for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra (world premiere) *
  41. Ernst Krenek- Piano Concerto no. 1 in F sharp Major *
  42. Ernst Krenek- Piano Concerto no. 2 *
  43. Ernst Krenek- Piano Concerto no. 3 *
  44. Led Zeppelin (Page/Plant)- Stairway to Heaven (version for string quartet) *
  45. Led Zeppelin (Page/Plant)- Black Dog (version for string quartet) *
  46. Led Zeppelin (Page/Plant)- All of My Love (version for string quartet) *
  47. Mahler- Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
  48. Mahler- Rückert Lieder
  49. Mahler- Schnikttke- Piano Quartet
  50. McCabe – String Trio (2) (Canadian premiere) *
  51. Mendelssohn- String Quartet in D major, opus 44 no. 1
  52. Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture
  53. Mendelssohn- Trumpet Overture *
  54. Mendelssohn- Violin Concerto in E minor
  55. Freddie Mercury- Bohemian Rhapsody (version for string quartet)
  56. Mozart- Overture to Cosi fan Tutte
  57. Mozart- Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
  58. Mozart Overture and ballet music from Idomeneo *
  59. Mozart Piano Concerto in BbMajor K595 *
  60. Mozart- Requiem in D minor (2)
  61. Mussorgsky/Stravinsky/Burke- The Flea *
  62. Mussorgsky- Night on Bald Mountain
  63. Perich, Tristan – Sequential *
  64. Rogers and Hammerstein- Selections from The Sound of Music
  65. Piazolla- Four for Tango *
  66. Deborah Pritchard- Wall of Water
  67. Jay Reise- Piano Quartet *
  68. Reise- String Trio
  69. Saint-Saens- Danse Macabre
  70. Philip Sawyers-Songs of Loss and Regret (world premiere) *
  71. Sawyers- Trumpet Concerto (world premiere) *
  72. Schönberg- Verklärte Nacht
  73. Schubert- Die Erlkonig *
  74. Schubert Symphony No. 6 *
  75. Schubert- Symphony no. 8 “Unfinished Symphony”
  76. Shore- Suite from Lord of the Rings *
  77. Shostakovich- Two Pieces for String Quartet *
  78. Shostakovich (arr. Barshai)- Chamber Symphony opus 110a (String Quartet no. 8)
  79. Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
  80. Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 2 *
  81. Sibelius- Incidental Music from “Pelleas and Melisande”
  82. Smetana Bartered Bride Overture
  83. Kile Smith- Plain Truths (UK Premiere)
  84. Richard Strauss- Ein Heldenleben
  85. Tchaikovsky- Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
  86. Tchaikovsky- Serenade for Strings
  87. Vasks, Petris – Piano Quartet*
  88. Vaughan Williams- Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
  89. Vaughan Williams- Oboe Concerto *
  90. Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
  91. Wagner- Ride of the Valkyries
  92. Weinberg- String Trio
  93. Kenneth Woods- The Ugly Duckling for Narrator and Chamber Orchestra (world premiere) *
  94. Toby Young- The Art of Dancing, Concerto for Trumpet, Piano and Strings (world premiere) *












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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 “Repertoire Report, KW 2015”

  1. David Galvani

    Lot of hard work there Ken.
    Enjoyed Ugly Duckling with some young ‘uns. Also you thoughts on the use of social media in advertising concerts.
    Good luck for 2016.

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