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The Toccata Classics Blog

Irmela Roelcke on Cloches et Carillons

My concert and recording project, Cloches et Carillons, impressed on me how much basic acoustic characteristics have influenced my most recent artistic interests and inclinations.… 

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A Radio Presenter’s Experience

I had long harboured the desire to present a radio programme. Years of growing up with radio in the 1950s had exposed me to mostly… 

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A Violist’s Bucket List

I am so happy to be able to participate in the Toccata blog and tell you a little about the two albums that have been… 

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The Reintroduction of Scotland’s Piano Music

An inadvertent benefit of the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 was that I had time to do lots of recording. I was able to record… 

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A Violist’s New CD Captures the Romance of Russian Sonatas

Article in the University of Denver Magazine (magazine.du.edu)by Tamara Chapman, 31 January 2022; reproduced with permission Compared with its siblings in the violin family –… 

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Mixing the Classical and the Popular

The urge to compose music arose after I joined a rock group in my teenage years. Although I was later classically trained, I continued to… 

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Not Just Another Piano CD

You may be thinking, ‘Oh not another piano recording’! But I believe that all piano albums are different. I have been writing music for over… 

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Vocal Works That Still Feel Excitingly New

The prolific compositional output of Elisabeth Lutyens includes 129 vocal pieces. The two pieces included on this album were written seventeen years apart: Nativity in… 

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Elisabeth Lutyens’ Complete Organ Music

Elisabeth Lutyens is not a composer usually associated with the organ. For most of her life she inhabited a musical world which was very much… 

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Adopt a Composer — Jürgen Thym and Samuel Adler

One of the most rewarding aspects of my activities as a musicologist has been following the life and works of living composers – be they… 

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Happy Collaborations — Samuel Adler: Music for Chamber Orchestra

Several years ago, through a mutual acquaintance, I met Dongmin Kim, the conductor of the New York Classical Players, and we immediately felt a kinship.… 

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Three Generations of Tcherepnins

Three Generations explores music by three generations of composers from the Tcherepnin family: Ivan, Alexander and Nikolai. Each of the three wrote a wide range… 

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My Relationship With The Piano — The Briefest of Histories

I started making up melodies, harmonies, rhythms and colours on the piano before I could read and write. But my real love affair with the… 

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Songs of Loneliness

Songs of Loneliness was recorded in the autumn of 2020; the oldest music on the disc dates back to 2016. Here is a selection of… 

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A Symphony by Mischa Spoliansky

It may come as a surprise to many that Mischa Spoliansky, the composer of the sly and witty cabaret songs that helped to launch the… 

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Borrowed Time

It is something of a myth that composers tend to die after completing their ninth symphony, based on the relatively few that did so and… 

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