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Sponsored Slim Update

Two weeks ago brought the end of October and thus the mid-point of my sponsored slim. The good news for your wallets is that I… 

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Martin’s Sponsored Slim Progress Report: October 13, 2016

I’ve been meaning to report back on the progress of the Sponsored Slim for a couple of weeks but hadn’t managed to get near a… 

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Sponsored Slim Check-In: Week One

Well, I’ve reached the end of the first week of my sponsored slim – my attempt to turn my capacious belly into music. That was… 

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Support Martin’s Sponsored Slim

My mum has been nagging me for years about losing weight, and I promised my partner Yodit, just before she died last year, that I… 

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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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Leif Solberg Dies at 101

The death of the Norwegian composer, organist and choirmaster Leif Solberg – in Lillehammer, during the evening of 25 January – has just been announced.… 

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Gramophone Features Toccata Classics in September 2015 Issue!

Gramophone Magazine highlights a handful of recent Toccata Classics releases in the Gramophone Collector feature: William Hurlstone: Complete Piano Music “…while I usually run a… 

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John Mauceri, New Patron of Toccata Classics

We are delighted to announce that Toccata Classics has a new patron, the distinguished American conductor John Mauceri. He joins a panel of esteemed names:… 

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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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Steven Elcock, symphonist

You can imagine that, running a recording label, I get approaches from all sorts of people wanting their music to come out on CD. Every… 

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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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Farewell, Sasha

This morning news came through of the death, yesterday evening, 31 January, of Alexander Ivashkin, scholar, academic, conductor and, above all, wonderful cellist. Word got… 

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Sir Roger Gifford, former Lord Mayor of the City of London, joins Toccata Classics as Patron

We’re delighted to announce that Vladimir Ashkenazy and Osmo Vänskä, treasured Patrons of Toccata Classics, have been joined by a third luminary, Sir Roger Gifford,… 

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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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