Archive for Guest Blog

Remembering Roger Smalley

A new Toccata Classics release restores to circulation the music of a composer who was both a cutting-edge modernist and an enthusiast for Romantic figures… 

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Cooking Up A Symphony: Steve Elcock Examines What Makes A Good Recipe

After I posted a recipe on one of the social networks, two composer friends suggested, jokingly, that I should come up with a recipe for… 

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‘A Gigantic Bear Hug’ From Scotland

The third volume of Ronald Stevenson’s piano music (TOCC 0403, released on 1 February) has been probably the most interesting album of his music I’ve… 

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Remembering Cedric Thorpe Davie

Cedric Thorpe Davie was born into a musical family in London in 1913. His father, Thorpe Davie, was a remarkable Scot who had a successful… 

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Remembering Sasha: Alexander Ivashkin Honoured in Moscow

In Moscow in early November 2018, a series of events were staged to honour the memory of Alexander Ivashkin – cellist, scholar and champion of… 

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Rediscovering George Antheil — Not Such a ‘Bad Boy’ After All

When Martin Anderson of Toccata Classics first suggested a project of music by the American composer George Antheil, I immediately thought of the typically avant-garde… 

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Recording “An Outstretched Hand” and Other Chamber Works

At half past four on a Friday morning in May 2018 I set out from my home in south-eastern France to go to England. The… 

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An Infinity of Traces: Influence Without Anxiety

I often play a kind of party game with friends: each participant will offer a recording of a piece of music by a less-well-known composer,… 

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Introducing the Waldegrave Ensemble

The Waldegrave Ensemble established itself in 2009 as a flexible ensemble of wind, strings, piano, harp and brass, with a wind quintet at its core.… 

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All the Keys in Kent

One of the Toccata Classics releases later this summer will be a recording of a sequence of piano preludes commissioned from me in 2014 by… 

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Robert Saxton’s Piano Music: A Creative Collaboration

Clare Hammond introduces her album of Robert Saxton’s piano music, in preparation for release in March 2018 In August I travelled to SJE Arts in… 

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Rodney Newton’s Spanish Diary

UPDATE: ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW! Day 1, Sunday, 17 September 2017 This afternoon my old friend Martin Anderson and I set out for Málaga to record… 

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Recording my Tone Poems in Liepāja

The first thing I noticed was the trees. Once we were out of Riga airport, they soon crowded up to the edge of the road;… 

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‘Long Memories’: The Diary of an Unfolding Project for Toccata Press – First Stop: Lithuania

‘Long Memories’ – the original idea for a book of interviews with senior composers came as the result of meeting and working with two very… 

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Robert Crowe Guest Blog on The Opera Stage

Explore Toccata artist Robert Crowe has penned a guest-blog for the site, The Opera Stage. Read the excerpt below, and continue reading on TheOperaStage.com and… 

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Unlocking the Secrets of Sacred Music in Late-Eighteenth-Century Rome: Detective Work among Dusty Manuscripts

For better or worse, I have always been highly (some would say provocatively) inquisitive, and not always content to accept, without question, received narratives of… 

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