CD Review: BBC Music Magazine on Krenek Complete Piano Concertos, vol. 2

A fantastic review from BBC Music Magazine in their August 2017 issue for volume two of the Complete Piano Concertos of Ernst Krenek “All the soloists on this beautifully recorded disc deliver totally committed performances. Special praise, however, is due to the English Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Woods, conductor, who negotiate this totally unfamiliar music with real flair.” […]

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Lenny Lights it Up

This is another real YouTube treasure. I’m conducting this mini-masterpiece tomorrow for the first time in about 20 years, but it’s a piece you hear (or least I hear) all the time, and there are many good performances out there under Bernstein’s baton (and others). The most famous, and most often seen and heard, recording […]

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A Brahmsian Update

A little update on the Brahms Piano Quartet orchestration project, for those of you interested…. A quick summary of how we got to where we are! The arrangement had its genesis in 2008 in Ischia when the idea came to me. I spent a good chunk of that summer annotating my score of the original […]

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Concert Review: MUSICAL OPINION ON SAWYERS’ THIRD SYMPHONY WORLD PREMIERE

We’re delighted to note a wonderful review of Philip Sawyers‘s Third Symphony and Songs of Loss and Regret as performed at St John’s Smith Square on 28 February in the new issue of Musical Opinion – Quarterly from Martin Anderson. Both works and the Fanfare also heard on that concert feature on our upcoming Nimbus Records recording to be released in October. “Profundity […]

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FIVE STARS FOR AN EVENTFUL MORNING IN LONDON FROM THE TIMES

Wonderful new FIVE STAR review in The Times for An Eventful Morning in East London: 21st C. Violin Concertos with Harriet Mackenzie; Get your copy: https://eso.co.uk/…/an-eventful-morning-in-east-london-21st…/ “Mackenzie’s playing is rivetingly incisive throughout, and Kenneth Woods, conductor obtains exemplary accompaniments from the English String Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra.” Classical review: Harriet Mackenzie: An Eventful Morning in East […]

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ESO 2016-7 in review. The good

This past Sunday afternoon, I conducted the ESO in a performance of Tchaikovksy’s String Serenade which marked the end of our main 2016-7 season. Between now and our return from the summer holidays, my colleagues are doing some fascinating chamber music concerts, the Bach B minor Mass with the wonderful Sarah MacDonald guest conducting, and […]

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Handy Plugin Makes New Music Popular and Profitable

A new plugin for Sibelius and Finale music engraving software is taking the music world by storm. The new “Titleizer” plugin from Demisoft Technology systematically analyses a piece’s duration, instrumentation and pitch content and automatically generates a meaningless and unrelated title for the piece. “Since Haydn’s time, we’ve all known that music sells better when […]

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Explore the Score: Hans Gal (1890-1987)- Concertino for Cello and Strings, opus 87

Hans Gal (1890-1987) Concertino for Cello and Strings, opus 87   Hans Gál was born in the small village of Brunn am Gebirge, just outside Vienna. He studied with some of the foremost teachers in Vienna, including Richard Robert for piano (teacher of Rudolf Serkin , Clara Haskil and George Szell) and Eusebius Mandyczewski for composition, who had been […]

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Unfinished/Unheard- The ideas and themes behind the programming of MF XXX

Unfinished/Unheard — By Kenneth Wooods In the 100+ years since his death, Mahler’s 10th Symphony has become possibly the most famous, perhaps even infamous, unfinished work of art in Western civilisation. For over 50 years, it was a work shrouded in rumor and myth, as famous for Mahler’s various written outbursts in the manuscript as […]

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