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Leif Solberg Dies at 101

The death of the Norwegian composer, organist and choirmaster Leif Solberg – in Lillehammer, during the evening of 25 January – has just been announced.… 

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Sviatoslav Richter: The Pianist and the Person

In the autumn of 1959 I was beginning my final year at Oxford. A friend called David Tempest, like me a piano nut, asked me… 

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Jaromír Weinberger Re-Discovered

Today (well, I guess it depends on when you read this) – 8 January 2016 – marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the… 

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Discovering Henry Cotter Nixon

Given my long involvement with The Havergal Brian Society – I was its Secretary and Newsletter editor from 1976 to 1992 and Chairman from 1994… 

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Podcast: Gabriel Fauré: Songs for Bass Voice and Piano

Martin Anderson, Mary Dibbern, Roy Howat and Jared Schwartz discuss new Toccata release Gabriel Fauré: Songs for Bass Voice and Piano: http://feed.toccataclassics.com/media/2015-08-27_fauresongsandvoicespodcast.mp3 Click to listen… 

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Gramophone Features Toccata Classics in September 2015 Issue!

Gramophone Magazine highlights a handful of recent Toccata Classics releases in the Gramophone Collector feature: William Hurlstone: Complete Piano Music “…while I usually run a… 

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Discovering The Music of Leopold Damrosch

One of my favorite things to do is go into libraries, find my way to the orchestral scores and lose myself in there for untold… 

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Einar Englund, Symphonist and Drinking Companion

Today, 17 June, would have been the 99th birthday of the Finnish composer, Einar Englund, who, with his second wife, Maynie, was a friend of… 

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Rebels without a cause?

Is there really music after midnight? At Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam at the end of May I attended a panel discussion entitled ‘Music after Midnight’. I… 

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More Questions Raised than Answered

I approached Classical:NEXT 2015 – the trade fair for classical music – at De Doelen, Rotterdam, at the end of May, with an open mind… 

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Gary Brain Remembered

It has not been a good week. On Friday Yodit, my beloved fiancée, partner of the past seven years and mother of our five-year-old Alex,… 

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John McCabe in his Own Words

John’s death on 13 February was not unexpected – indeed, he had given his brain tumour a good fight and long outlived his doctors’ prognoses.… 

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Ronald Stevenson: all-too-brief encounters, and an astounding legacy.

I met Ronald only once. I simply came to his music too late in his life — which came to a peaceful end on 28… 

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A Birthday Present for Ronald Stevenson — by James Reid Baxter

This Friday, 6 March, Ronald Stevenson will celebrate his 87th birthday. In a different world, or even just a different country, one where human life… 

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Tully Potter on the Tully Potter Collection

Tully Potter is not only the author of the massive Toccata Press biography of Adolf Busch (currently out of print but undergoing preparation for a… 

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David O’Brien — Dreams Come True: Recording my Grandfather’s Orchestral Music

On Monday, 4 August, one hundred years to the day after the start of the first World War, I found myself flying via Frankfurt on… 

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