Author Archives: Kenneth Woods

CD Review- Gramophone Magazine on Franck, Falla and Turina Concertante works for Piano with KW, Valerie Tryon and the Royal Philharmonic

Critic Bryce Morrison writes in the Gramophone:  Throughout her long and distinguished, if insufficiently acknowledged career, Valerie Tryon has remained true to her own lights. Virtuoso teasers such as Balakirev’sIslamey and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit fell effortlessly within her grasp and here in Franck’s Symphonic Variations, sandwiched between two Spanish favourites of the repertoire, […]

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Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO- The right conductor, but for the right reasons?

Congratulations are most certainly in order to both Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony on the occasion of Sir Simon’s appointment as the LSO’s next Principal Conductor. I can scarcely imagine better news for either party or for music lovers across Britain. Given the importance of today’s announcement for British music making, I’m going […]

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CD Review: Birmingham Post on Psalm- Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos

SIMON Desbruslais demonstrates his virtuosity in four fresh, vigorous and varied works by three British composers. In Deborah Pritchard’s Skyspace he plays the piccolo trumpet, an instrument familiar through baroque works – famously in Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos – but seldom heard in contemporary music. It suits the soaring lines of Pritchard’s work, the seven sections […]

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Explore the Score- Hans Gál: Idyllikon

Hear it live for the first time in 25 years on the 31st of January here.  Idyllikon Four movements for small orchestra, Opus 79, (1958) Serenade, Badinerie, Sarabande, Villanelle Duration: 29” First performance: Vienna Radio, Aug. 1960 (Orchester des österreichischen Rundfunks/Etti) Hans Gál was born in the small village of Brunn am Gebirge, just outside Vienna. He studied […]

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10 Things Every Musician Should Know About Intonation

  10- The tuning slide allows a trumpet player to adjust how sharp he or she is to the rest of the orchestra. 9 – Violinists invariably play sharp when they’re under pressure, which is always. This is why they tune their open strings higher than the rest of the string section. 8- High C […]

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