Tag Archive: Elgar

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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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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Dec 29

Musical Opinion on ESO/Elgar/Fraser “…gorgeous depths of tone…”

The current issue (January-March 2016) of Musical Opinion Magazine leads off its concert coverage with Christopher Morley’s rave review of the ESO’s October 10 premiere of Donald Fraser’s orchestration of the Elgar Piano Quintet. The ESO’s recording of this “worthy addition to the Elgar canon” is released on Avie Records in May 2016.  

Jun 25

CD of the Week- ESO, A portrait of Elgar

Click here to buy. Reviews ‘Boughton elicits solid, brilliant, feeling performances … As these performances meld something of Boult’s propulsion and body with an approximation of Barbirolli’s swing, they might serve as the ideal introduction. This production stands strongly recommended.’ Fanfare ‘The Elegy, is given a wonderful degree of gravity without ever over-heating – one …

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Jun 25

October 8- A String Pilgrimage, Elgar Concert Hall

October 8th at Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham University Campus   7:30 PM English String Orchestra Kenneth Woods- principal conductor Tippett- Concerto for Double String Orchestra John McCabe- “Pilgrim” for Double String Orchestra Vaughan Williams- Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis Elgar- Introduction and Allegro for Strings Tickets: £16, £12, £8 Town Hall Symphony Hall …

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