Conceived in a moment of sudden inspiration while teaching in Italy, Kenneth Woods’ orchestration of Brahms’ most expansive chamber work is the product of a life-long immersion in the music of this great composer as both cellist and conductor. This is a work of symphonic scope, realised here as an orchestral score that fully inhabits the soundworld of its composer as a work worthy of sitting along side his four numbered symphonies.
“Woods has orchestrated Brahms’s Second Piano Quartet Op. 26 to create what’s effectively a completely new Brahms symphony…Any Brahms lover would be fascinated to hear this orchestration…”
Richard Bratby. The Birmingham Post
“In his Brahms arrangement, Woods proves to be a master orchestrator, delivering a score of wide-ranging expression and colour…Woods brings glorious warmth to Opus 26, and this could well pass as an original Brahms orchestral score…one which will for sure in the future delight audiences everywhere.” Adrian Williams. Classical Source