News and thoughts about the best damn Austro-German master you didn’t know existed.
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Gramophone Magazine on Gal Violin Concerti and Triptych “This superb new disc…Woods directs a highly polished account but the orchestral playing throughout is most assured. Avie’s sound is excellent but it is the music that compels attention. Strongly recommended.”
Robert C. Reiley, Catholic News Agency on Gal Violin Concerti and Triptych– “Vogel’s playing is superlative, obviously a labor of love, as is the dedicated performance of the Northern Sinfonia, under conductor Kenneth Woods. It is a measure of the damage the Nazis did that this work was not heard after 1933 until 2004. It is, I suppose, easy to imagine how music this lovely and civilized was first suppressed and then overlooked in the ideological age of the 20th century. How wonderful that Avie has revived it. The Concertino is just as delicious as the Concerto, and the Triptych from 1970 shows that Gál never lost his bearings. As you can tell, this is one of my favorite discoveries of the year.”
ClassicalSource on Hans Gal Violin Concerti and Triptych– “Such transparent and highly-crafted scores are given superbly prepared performances… playing here is first-class, so too the quick-witted response of Northern Sinfonia under Kenneth Woods.”
Classical CD Reviews on Hans Gal Violin Concerti and Triptych– “The performances and the recording are of a consistently high standard. The Northern Sinfonia …… are probably better than anything he ever heard in this country. But most importantly, both orchestra and conductor Kenneth Woods are sensitive to the lightness of the textures and always elegantly balance the soloist.”
The Strad on Hans Gal Violin Concerti and Triptych– “committed performances… revels in the honesty of this music….perceptively fluid..The symphonic-scale Triptych for orchestra dates from 1970, but is written in a style that seems unchanged from the time of Mahler and Korngold, whose music the pieces resemble at times. The Sage Gateshead recording is warm and supportive.”
MusicWeb International on Gal Triptych and Violin Concerti– “It has a serious sense of purpose without dourness. It has harmonic variety without abstruseness. It has rhythmic vitality without being overly complex. It has an immediate impact but is worthy of greater study. The presentation is exemplary with photos and examples of Gál’s neat manuscript work and wonderful performances. If from my descriptions the music seems to have an appeal then search out this CD out because if successful then I suspect more Gál might appear in the next few years.”
FANFARE Magazine on Gal Violin Concerto and Triptych– “Woods phrases with distinction, and aims for clarity in Gál’s contrapuntal textures… plus the kind of open-hearted warmth this soaring music requires to make its case.”
ESSAYS AND FEATURES
June 2011- Composer Kenneth Leighton on Hans Gal.
October 2010- International Record Review Special Feature on Hans Gal.