Archive for Guest Blog

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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Discovering Robert Fürstenthal and his ‘Lost Lieder’

It was while I was working as music curator at the Jewish Museum in Vienna that someone told me about Robert Fürstenthal. It must have… 

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The ‘Yodit’ Pieces Begin to Take on a Life of Their Own — A Report from Orlando Jacinto García

Orlando García is one of the composers who has contributed to Martin Anderson’s ‘Music For My Love’ project of pieces in memory of his partner.… 

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Recording David Hackbridge Johnson in Liverpool

I’m just back from a thrilling two days in Liverpool conducting the first-ever recording of the music of David Hackbridge Johnson. Indeed, these were not… 

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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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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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