Tag Archive: Kenneth Woods

Feb 04

ESO Open 2017 Shirehall Sunday Series with Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann featuring Academia Musica Choir

4 February, 2017 For Immediate Release ESO Open 2017 Shirehall Sunday Series with Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann featuring Academia Musica Choir The English Symphony Orchestra, hailed as the International Orchestra of Elgar Country, kick off their 2017 series of very popular Shirehall Sunday concerts at 3:30 Pm on the 19th of February with a programme …

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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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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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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.  

May 11

Review- ESO at St John’s Smith Square, Mozart Requiem: Origins

    “…If ever an evening set the bar high this was it, but I can’t think of any evening that so comprehensively exceeded expectations.” From the May edition of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Today   Mozart’s Requiem: Origins English Symphony Orchestra Academia Musica Choir Kenneth Woods St John’s Smith Square Friday 24 April 2015 …

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Apr 26

Gramophone Magazine Rave for ESO’s “Wall of Water” CD

“…This is a wonderful performance of a wonderful concerto, completed by immaculate accompaniment from the English String Orchestra directed by the tireless Kenneth Woods. Very, very strongly recommended.”   From the May 2015 issue of Gramophone Magazine   Pritchard Violin Concerto, “Wall of Water” Harriet Mackenzie vn  English String Orchestra / Kenneth Woods Nimbus Alliance …

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Sep 25

ESO Programme Notes Online- Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture and Symphony no. 3 “Scottish”

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Performance: September 27, 2013 (details here)  Overture- “The Hebrides” (“Fingal’s Cave”), opus 26 Symphony no. 3 in A minor, “Scottish”, opus 56   In 1829, the twenty year-old Felix Mendelssohn was already a major international figure. As a teenager his precocity had far exceeded even that of Mozart.  He had already completed …

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