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Hans Gál In Conversation

This conversation, first published in the Journal of the British Music Society (Vol. 9, 1987, pp. 33–44), was recorded at Dr Gál’s Edinburgh home in… 

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An Estonian Excursion for the Heino Eller Award

Toccata Classics has now released five albums of the piano music of the Estonian composer Heino Eller – enough for Toccata founder Martin Anderson to… 

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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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‘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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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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Einojuhani Rautavaara, Symphonist

THE FINNISH COMPOSER TALKS TO MARTIN ANDERSON In the light of the death of the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, on 27 July 2016, in a… 

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Toccata e due CD: Rediscovering Early Martinů – Part II

The publication of Martinů and the Symphony in 2010 brought a few unexpected opportunities my way. Even before the book appeared, I had taken part… 

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Toccata e due CD: Rediscovering Early Martinů – Part I

In April 2013, Toccata Classics released a recording entitled Bohuslav Martinů – Early Orchestral Works, Volume 1, launching what is hoped will be a series… 

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Where are the Women Composers?

Women Composers Bundle Time for a little controversy on this blog – but that’s not my aim, which is to try to understand why, when… 

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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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Teenage Truths

Professional involvement in an activity has its dangers: you can become so pre-occupied with the detail of the building you’re examining that you fail to… 

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John Kinsella: A Tale of Two Symphonies

My Symphonies Nos. 5 and 10 were premiered eighteen years and a millennium divide apart, in 1994 and 2012. They were also written in very… 

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Paul Mann: Solberg Sessions — A Report from Liepāja

Tucked away on the west coast of Latvia is the town of Liepāja, home to fewer than 100,000 people, but boasting an especially fine orchestra,… 

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A Visit to Elsa Respighi: Rome, May 1984

  In May 1984 I was invited on holiday with some friends who had rented a villa in the hills outside Viareggio in Tuscany, were… 

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