When Yodit Tekle was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2014, her partner, Martin Anderson, who runs Toccata Classics, asked a few composer friends to write some music for strings to bring her comfort in her illness. As her life slipped away, he had the idea that she might be remembered in music and so he began to commission other pieces for string orchestra in her memory. To his surprise, almost everyone he asked generously agreed, and so the project snowballed: there are now over 100 composers who have written or agreed to write for it – in an undertaking that is probably unique in the history of music. This second volume presents twelve more pieces in an initiative which, in effect, transforms love into something you can hear.
Ukranian Festival Orchestra Paul Mann, conductor
Catalogue No: TOCC0370EAN/UPC: 5060113443700Release Date: 01.12.2018Composer: David Matthews, Gerard Schurmann, Gregory Rose, John Kinsella, José Serebrier, Phillip Ramey, Robin Walker Artists: Paul Mann, Ukrainian Festival
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John KINSELLA https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track02.mp3
Richard WHILDS https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track03.mp3
David MATTHEWS https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track04.mp3
Wim HAUTEKIET https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track05.mp3
Gregory ROSE Eritrean Sunset and Tigrinya Dance https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track06.mp3
Sean HICKEY https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track08.mp3
Ronald CORP https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track09.mp3
Phillip RAMEY https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track10.mp3
Gerard SCHURMANN https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track11.mp3
Robin WALKER https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track12.mp3
José SEREBRIER https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0370/Track13.mp3
Patrick Waller :
The second disc in this series is perhaps even more remarkable than the first. The larger pieces by Robin Walker and Gregory Rose naturally make the biggest impressions but there’s no dud and it is a cleverly put together and moving sequence of heartfelt pieces by worthwhile contemporary composers. Listening to this music and reading about its genesis in the booklet is a humbling experience. There is apparently a lot more come – I hope so and I shall certainly be looking out for it.
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