MENDELSSOHN, GERSHWIN, AND STILL - DOUBLE REED QUARTET
CD and Sheet Music
WSCL Radio, Salisbury, Maryland, listed this CD as its Delight of the Week in May 2015: "My Delight of the Week! Ken Watson's biography is worth reading for it's depth and complexity... just fascinating. Having been a member of "The President's Own" (and several of the other musicians on this CD either were or are currently part of that group) he decided to switch from musician to active duty... and has since worked in network security. Such is the life of a musician! Now able to focus more fully on music, he is particularly devoted to fostering knowledge and appreciation for double reed instruments. With the lyricism of Mendelssohn, the appeal of Gershwin, and the lush melodies of Still, I'd say this is a great start!"
Also in May 2015, WHRO Radio, Norfolk, Virginia commented: "The Mendelssohn, etc, wind ensemble CD is great. Very fine arrangements, great sound, excellent playing."
Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet in E-Flat, Opus 12, George Gershwin's Three Preludes, and William Grant Still's Lyric Quartette, arranged for double reed quartet (two oboes, English horn, and bassoon).
"I've enjoyed hearing this and the earlier Barret Quartets CD again and again. These arrangements would be lots of fun to play and also great teaching material." --David Weber, Weber Reeds, Inc.
"Ken Watson's Mendelssohn, Gershin, Still CD is really GREAT. Wonderful playing and superlative arrangements!!" --Trevor Cramer, TrevCo Music Publishing and Member, Board of Directors, International Double Reed Society (IDRS)