Robert Schumann

The All-Time Official Greatest Unknown Violin Concertos. These 10 Fantastic Pieces are Going To Completely BLOW YOUR MIND

Ever wonder what  sort of concertos exist for the violin beyond the marvelous mainstays from Mozart,  Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Brahms and Sibelius? Well- there’s a lot out there. There are a number of tremendous 20th. C concerti that are now pretty well established in the repertoire, such as those by Shostakovich (particularly his First), Barber, […]

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KW’s 2015 in review- part one, winter and spring

2015 was quite a year for me- a year of very, very hard work, a year of ups and downs with some incredible highlights and some moments of rather intense frustration. I started the year talking- giving a long chat on the Gál symphonies at a gala launch event celebrating the release of Avie’s set […]

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Psalm- Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos

Released 10 November, 2014 Simon Desbruslais- trumpet Orchestra of the Swan Kenneth Woods and David Curtis conductors Deborah Pritchard- Skyspace for Piccolo Trumpet and Strings * Robert Saxton- Psalm, A Song of Ascents * John McCabe- Trumpet Concerto “La Primavera” * Robert Saxton- Shakespeare Scenes *Conducted by Kenneth Woods Product Description A collection of new […]

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Concert Review- Birmingham Post, Orchestra of the Swan at Civic Hall, “Spring Sounds 2012 Finale- The Trumpet Shall Sound”

A review from senior critic Christopher Morley at the Birmingham Post of last week’s Orchestra of the Swan performance in Stratford-upon-Avon featuring trumpet virtuoso, Simon Desbruslais. For space reasons, the original review was slightly cut for the print edition, omitting some key detail, so, with the author’s permission, we reproduce his complete, original text here. […]

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