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Composer: Wood, Hugh (b. 1932)

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Year of birth1932
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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Prom 7: BBCSO on top notch form

Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Delius resurrected, Wood introduced, Nielsen explored and thrilling Ravel at the BBC Proms.
****1
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20th- and 21st-century song with Andrew Tortise and Chris Hopkins at Presteigne

Sir Michael Tippett  ©  Nicky Johnston
To those who grew up with Michael Tippett’s music and lived through the later premières, the neglect into which he has fallen and the ill-disguised contempt of many is both puzzling and distressing. The same fate befell both Sibelius and Vaughan Williams in the years following their deaths and now, fifteen years on, there is perhaps just a faint glimmer of a Tippett reappraisal on the horizon.
****1
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Proms Chamber Music 6: Hugh Wood and Claude Debussy

Escher String Quartet  ©  Henry Fair
This year the Proms Chamber Music Series returns to the bright and spacious environment of Cadogan Hall to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth. At the sixth concert in the series an inspired programme given by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, the Escher Quartet, paired two works exactly one hundred years apart in their composition: String Quartet No. 4, Op.
****1
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Prom 16: BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Joanna MacGregor and Ryan Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth  ©  Benjamin Ealovega
As the programme put it, Prom 16 had a "distinctly watery" theme. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales took its audience on a trip to the Italian and French rivieras, with a staycation in the form of Hugh Wood's thrilling Piano Concerto. It was a challenging programme, which showed in the orchestra's playing more than once, but it was nevertheless an enjoyable experience.
***11
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British Quartets: The Castalian Quartet at the Cheltenham Music Festival

Castalian Quartet
This Cheltenham Festival concert featured three British string quartets by Hugh Wood, Michael Nyman and Giles Swayne. Swayne and Wood were both present at the concert and gave an introductory talk providing context for their works. Swayne said in the talk that ‘music should be unpredictable to keep the listener interested’.
****1
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