Archive for Guest Blog

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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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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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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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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Discovering Henry Cotter Nixon

Given my long involvement with The Havergal Brian Society – I was its Secretary and Newsletter editor from 1976 to 1992 and Chairman from 1994… 

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A Birthday Present for Ronald Stevenson — by James Reid Baxter

This Friday, 6 March, Ronald Stevenson will celebrate his 87th birthday. In a different world, or even just a different country, one where human life… 

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David O’Brien — Dreams Come True: Recording my Grandfather’s Orchestral Music

On Monday, 4 August, one hundred years to the day after the start of the first World War, I found myself flying via Frankfurt on… 

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Tim Collins Reporting from Lillehammer: Celebrating Leif Solberg’s 100th Birthday

If the name of the small town of Lillehammer in Norway rings any bells for you, it is probably as the site of the 1994… 

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John Kinsella: A Tale of Two Symphonies

My Symphonies Nos. 5 and 10 were premiered eighteen years and a millennium divide apart, in 1994 and 2012. They were also written in very… 

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Orlando Jacinto García — A Project Realized: Three Orchestral Works on Toccata Classics

My new Toccata Classics CD is a labor of love and, as with many such projects, came together through the support of a number of… 

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