When in late 2014 Yodit Tekle was diagnosed with stomach cancer, her partner, Martin Anderson, who runs Toccata Classics, asked a couple of composer friends to write some music to bring her comfort in her illness. As her life slipped away, he had the idea that she could 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 accepted, and so the project snowballed: there are now over 100 composers who have written or agreed to write for it – an undertaking unique in the history of music. This first volume presents the first eleven pieces in an initiative which, in effect, transforms love into something you can hear.
Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra
Paul Mann, conductor
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Ragnar Söderlind: ‘Å, den svalande vind…’: 15 Variations on a Norwegian Folktune, Op. 120
Catalogue No: TOCC0333EAN/UPC: 5060113443335Release Date: 01.11.2016Composer: Andrew Ford,
Steve Elcock Artists: Kodály Philharmonic,
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Patrick Waller :
This is clearly a very personal ongoing project and already quite a remarkable one. There is some very powerful music on this disc, largely slow and elegiac of course but never monotonous. Most of the composers are fairly well known but I hadn’t come across Mikhel Kerem (Estonian, born 1981) or Maddalena Casulana (16th century Venetian) before. Both their works make one want to hear more of their music and I was please to find that there are two discs of Kerem on this label to explore. Music like this needs the right setting. After Schubert’s Great C major and late in the evening with a nightcap, I found it utterly compelling.
David DeBoor Canfield :
“…These works are all sublimely performed by Paul Mann and the strings of the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra. Martin Anderson has produced a most moving tribute to his lost beloved, one which contains music that will surely live well beyond his present purpose. Even without much variety in tempo, this well-recorded disc will provide much enjoyment to the listener, and I recommend it very highly. I also feel as though I know Yodit Tekle just a little bit through Anderson’s touching program notes, and the equally touching music written in her tribute, even though I never had the opportunity to meet her.” —Fanfare Magazine, May/June 2017
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