The textures are appropriately bass heavy, and the two cellos dominate, but every line comes through with exceptional clarity. This gives the piece a new profile, with the complex but now clear counterpoint driving the music and leading the ear through the harmonic web. There is atmosphere here too, and much warmth in the ensemble’s sound, but that is never at the expense of the individual lines..
A review from critic Jessica Duchen in the November 2013 issue of BBC Music Magazine for Somm’s new recording of music for piano and orchestra by Franck, Falla and Turina with pianist Valerie Tryon “..loving and attentive performances…atmosphere that could be cut with a butter knife. Woods draws the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra into a rapt […]
Following on from our recent post listing all of the artists on the Orchestra of the Swan recording Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen as arranged by Schoenberg on SOMM Recordings, we are now happy to post the personnel for the Avie Records recording of Hans Gál and Robert Schumann’s […]
A new review at the Classical Source from Peter Reed of the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on Somm. Read the whole thing here. A short sample follows: …The three singers are superb. In the Wayfarer songs, the baritone (with a strong […]
A new review of our new Orchestra of the Swan Mahler disc in the Birmingham Post by senior critic Christopher Morley. The Post doesn’t have CD reviews on their website, so the complete review is below. MAHLER: LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN, DAS LIED VON DER ERDE: Orchestra of the Swan/Woods (SOMMCD 0109) (for classical CD […]
There is a quite substantial interview piece with me by Colin Anderson online at The Classical Review today. We talked about recording Gal and Schumann, why I’ve paired them for this project, as well as talking about about Vftp itself and the Mahler recording. A very short sample follows, but you should check out the […]
A new review by Michael Tumelty in The Herald, Scotland for the new Orchestra of the Swan recording of Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, published 12 June, 2011. Orchestra Of The Swan Kenneth Woods, conductor Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde etc (SOMM) I wonder, I just wonder, […]
I’m a little frustrated that I haven’t had a chance to post in what looked on the calendar like a quiet week. This is often the case- a week without a concert ends up with so much off-the-podium activity crammed in that it feels even busier. Just as by a quirk of scheduling I ended […]