Category Archive: Reviews

Nov 30

ESO Earns Classical Music Magazine “Premiere of the Year” for Second Year in a Row with John Joubert’s Jane Eyre

For the second year in a row, the English Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Kenneth Woods have received the Classical Music Magazine Premiere of the Year nod for the Midlands. Following on the 2015 selection of the premiere of Donald Fraser’s orchestration of the Elgar Piano Quintet at the Elgar Hall in the final concert …

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Nov 23

ESO Premieres John Joubert’s Jane Eyre to International Acclaim

For Immediate Release PREMIERE OF JOHN JOUBERT’S OPERA JANE EYRE BY KENNETH WOODS AND THE ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RECEIVES UNIVERSAL ACCLAIM On 25 October 2016, Kenneth Woods and the English Symphony Orchestra gave the world-premiere performance of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre in Birmingham, an occasion that was universally acclaimed and …

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Jul 01

CD Review: BBC Music Magazine on Elgar- Sea Pictures and Piano Quintet arr. Donald Fraser

  A new review of our Elgar CD from critic Stephen Johnson in the July 2016 issue of BBC Music Magazine. “The result is pretty remarkable. Fraser hasn’t just translated Elgar’s notes into rich and powerful orchestral terms, he as added (discreetly it must be said) the kinds of touches of colour and splashes of …

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Jul 01

CD Review- Gramophone Magazine on Elgar arr. Fraser- Sea Pictures and Piano Quintet

Critic Andrew Achenbach writes in the July 2016 issue of Gramophone Magazine. “To my ears, Fraser’s richly upholstered orchestration works a treat yet also manages to be astutely appreciative of the simmering passion and sense of loss that permeate this wistful creation (the Adagio slow movement is especially affecting). Plaudits, too, for Woods’s characteristically lucid …

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May 15

Five Stars from International Piano for ESO Krenek Piano Concerto CD

A fantastic new 5-star review for our recording of the Krenek Piano Concertos no.’s 1-3 with pianist Mikhail Korzhev on Toccata Classics/Toccata Press from International Piano Magazine critic Guy Rickards. On the podium was Kenneth Woods, conductor, and Benjamin Michael Haas was producing Five stars: “On the evidence of the first three, magisterially delivered by …

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Mar 16

Classical CD Reviews Rave for Krenek Piano Concertos

The popular blog Classical CD Reviews has an extensive review of the ESO’s latest recording for Toccata Classics. Critic Gavin Dixon says of the recording: The performances do full justice to the music. Pianist Mikhail Korzhev is able to make even the most knotty of Krenek’s serial textures flow naturally. His tone is warm, and …

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Mar 14

ESO’s Krenek CD a Sunday Times “Essential New Release”

“…a witty and mercurial masterpiece. Electric performances all” Published 13 March, 2016 Order from the ESO webstore here:

Mar 14

Critical Plaudits for ESO in Hereford

The popular blog “The Classical Reviewer” has published a rave review of the ESO’s 7 February concert in Hereford’s Shirehall. “Kenneth Woods drew a fine vigorous opening from the orchestra in the Allegro con brio of Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op.55 ‘Eroica’ with a crisp incisiveness and a great sense of panache …

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