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A Tribute To Pascal Bentoiu

This Friday, 7 April, the Romanian Cultural Institute in London plays host to the first of two events paying homage to Pascal Bentoiu, one of… 

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David Gorton’s “Variations on John Dowland” Reviewed on BBC Radio 3

Order Now Andrew McGregor and Kirsten Gibson talking on Record Review, BBC Radio 3, broadcast Saturday 18 March 2017: Kirsten Gibson reviews a collection of… 

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John Gardner, Symphonist

This interview was published in Fanfare, Vol. 24, No. 1 (September/October 2000) to mark the release of an ASV CD of John Gardner’s orchestral music.… 

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Algernon Ashton and Stephen Dodgson: A Brief Introduction to Two English Composers

A brief introduction to the music of Algernon Ashton and a discussion with Jane Clark Dodgson about her late husband, Stephen Dodgson, in St Margaret… 

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‘We Should Know Who We Are’: Veljo Tormis in Conversation

Learn More I am much saddened by the news of the death of Veljo Tormis on Saturday, 21 January. Tormis was as significant a figure… 

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Unlocking the Secrets of Sacred Music in Late-Eighteenth-Century Rome: Detective Work among Dusty Manuscripts

For better or worse, I have always been highly (some would say provocatively) inquisitive, and not always content to accept, without question, received narratives of… 

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Martin’s Final Sponsored Slim Check-In

Well, the end of the year also saw the end of my four-month sponsored slim, and I’m pleased to relate that when I got weighed… 

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Discovering Robert Fürstenthal and his ‘Lost Lieder’

It was while I was working as music curator at the Jewish Museum in Vienna that someone told me about Robert Fürstenthal. It must have… 

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The ‘Yodit’ Pieces Begin to Take on a Life of Their Own — A Report from Orlando Jacinto García

Orlando García is one of the composers who has contributed to Martin Anderson’s ‘Music For My Love’ project of pieces in memory of his partner.… 

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Recording David Hackbridge Johnson in Liverpool

I’m just back from a thrilling two days in Liverpool conducting the first-ever recording of the music of David Hackbridge Johnson. Indeed, these were not… 

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December Sponsored Slim Update

Well, the end of November brought me three-quarters of the way through my sponsored slim and so I am pleased to report that when I… 

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Sponsored Slim Update

Two weeks ago brought the end of October and thus the mid-point of my sponsored slim. The good news for your wallets is that I… 

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The Re-Emergence of Leo Zeitlin

The story of Leo Zeitlin and his music’s re-emergence is so remarkable that it has already been duly reported in several online and printed articles.… 

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Tadeusz Majerski Remembered: An Interview With Andrzej Nikodemowicz

A December release from Toccata Classics (TOCC0344) presents the first-ever recording of works by the Polish composer Tadeusz Majerski (1888–1963), whose music incorporates elements of… 

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Exploring Stephen Dodgson’s Chamber Music

It is very exciting for me, as Stephen Dodgson’s widow, to report that Toccata Classics will be releasing a series of recordings of his chamber… 

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Hans Gál’s Chamber Music for Clarinet : A Joyful and Important Discovery

Read More For us in the Ensemble Burletta, a chamber-music group exploring chamber music for clarinet in various combinations, the music of Hans Gál is… 

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