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Kenneth Woods- conductor



cellist, chamber musician, guitarist, composer and author



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KW and ESO’s Recording Krenek Piano Concerti vol. 1 with pianist Michael Korzhev a Sunday Times “Best of the Year” for 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:27:39 +0000

The Sunday Times has just announced their list of the “100 Best Records of the Year,” across all genres. We’re delighted to learn that our recording “Complete Piano Concertos of Ernst Krenek vol. 1” with pianist Mikhail Korzhev has made this year’s list as one of just 10 CDs in their “Contemporary” category. “Moving from […]



Vive la frivolité

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:25:07 +0000

Poulenc’s frothy, frivolous and rather sexy ballet Les biches does not seem, at first glance, to be the sort of piece to make a hardened muso well up with emotion, but it had just that effect on me about a week ago as I listened to it for the first time in ages. “Les biches” […]



Kenneth Woods and English Symphony Orchestra Earn Classical Music Magazine “Premiere of the Year” for Second Year in a Row with John Joubert’s Jane Eyre

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:42:47 +0000

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 […]



Hans Gal Piano Concerto a 2016 Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:31:59 +0000

We’re all very, very pleased and proud to see Sarah Beth Briggs’ wonderful AVIE Records recording of piano concerti by Mozart and Hans Gál get a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice of 2016 from Guy Rickards in the year-end issue of the magazine. Bravos to Sarah and my wonderful colleagues in the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Congrats […]



Orchestral colleagues share trumpet player’s joy at purchase of new, louder trumpet

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:23:04 +0000

Members of the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra reacted with public expressions of glee upon learning that their colleague, principal trumpet player Jack Hammer, had taken delivery of a new, louder trumpet. “I’m just so happy for Jack,” said Mabel Teargarden, a violist in the MSO. “I sit right in front of Jack at the back of […]



On funding

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:27:37 +0000

The relationship between artists and arts funders seems ever more complicated. It seems to me that most funders (trusts, public sector funders, private sponsors) lack the energy, time or knowledge to vet funding applications in the arts on the basis of merit or quality. The problem is compounded in music as few people making decisions […]



Explore the score- Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:30:17 +0000

For me, it was musical love at first sight. The first time I heard the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto was on a cassette tape.  I loved it so much, I kept rewinding and replaying bits of the first movement (most often the big tutti at the end of the exposition- even then I had conductor tendencies). […]



Kenneth Woods, conductor: Highlights of the 2015-6 Season

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:52:08 +0000

  MahlerFest Debut In May, Ken made his debut as the new Artistic Director of    Colorado MahlerFest , one of only two organisations in the USA (the other being the New York Philharmonic) to be awarded the Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society. For his inaugural concerts, Ken conducted Mahler’s notoriously challenging […]



Musical Opinion on ESO/Korzhev/Woods Krenek Piano Concerti

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:31:13 +0000

Robert Matthew-Walker in the July-September 2016 issue of Musical Opinion “The performances are exceptionally good, with Mikhail Korzhev proving a terrific virtuoso and highly sensitive musician. Indeed, at that level, it is hard to imagine these works ever being better recorded. The orchestral plays with formidable musicianship and commitment under Kenneth Woods.



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

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:18:22 +0000

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, […]



Explore the Score: Weinberg- String trio

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:21:12 +0000

The rediscovery and reevaluation of the music of  Mieczyslaw Weinberg is surely one of the more positive stories in classical music in recent years. If this blog post piques your interest in Weinberg, do check out the podcast version of BBC Radio 3’s recent “Composer of the Week” series on him (scroll down the page and […]



CD Review- BBC Music Magazine on Gál and Mozart Piano Concertos with Sarah Beth Briggs and Royal Northern Sinfonia

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:01:55 +0000

A fantastic review from Eric Levi for the recent Avie Records recording of Gál and Mozart Piano Concertos with Sarah Beth Briggs and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the August, 2016 issue of BBC Music Magazine. “It’s something of a mystery as to why this attractive and accessible work enjoyed only a few performances in […]



Blogxit

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:45:53 +0000

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections. — The History of Freedom in Antiquity, 1877   In spite of my deep disappointment and despair at the outcome of last week’s referendum, I’ve been […]



Nearly-Washed-Up Leading Conductor Trades Baton for Bow

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:06:42 +0000

The nearly-washed-up conductor Robert von Bohyarti, former Decca recording artist and long-time conductor of the Minneapolis Philharmonia, is considering launching a solo violin career, it has been learned. Bohyarti, whose instrument is the piano, is reported to feel “a little bored at this stage conducing the same handful of Beethoven and Brahms symphonies over and […]



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

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:41:28 +0000

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 […]