Archive for Guest Blog

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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Toccata e due CD: Rediscovering Early Martinů – Part III

Volume One of the Martinů Early Orchestral Works series brought much satisfaction to all involved. Martin Anderson was delighted by the quality of the new… 

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Svetik, My Hair and I

My contribution to Svetik – the opening section, ‘Three Sisters’ – deals with Sviatoslav Richter’s relationship to his mother and her sister (Dagmar von Reincke,… 

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Coming in from the Unknown

English composer Steve Elcock describes his emergence from total obscurity At the age of seventeen, I sat the entrance examination to go to Oxford to… 

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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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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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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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Tim Collins Reporting from Lillehammer: Celebrating Leif Solberg’s 100th Birthday

If the name of the small town of Lillehammer in Norway rings any bells for you, it is probably as the site of the 1994… 

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