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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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Remembering Alice Herz-Sommer

News has come through of the death this morning, 23 February 2014, of Alice Herz-Sommer, at the age of 110. Alice had become an icon,… 

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Maxim Vengerov, new Patron of Toccata Classics

I am delighted to announce that, hot on the heels of Sir Roger Gifford (see the blog posting on 24 January), now Maxim Vengerov joins… 

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Khodorkovsky’s Coat-tails…

Two days before Christmas I heard an interview with the recently released Mikhail Khodorkovsky where he was asked if he had missed going to the… 

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First Posting to the Toccata Blog: Opening-up Classical Music

Welcome to the first posting on my new blog. Quick introduction for those who don’t know me: I run the CD label Toccata Classics and… 

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