Archive for Guest Blog

Mixing the Classical and the Popular

The urge to compose music arose after I joined a rock group in my teenage years. Although I was later classically trained, I continued to… 

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Vocal Works That Still Feel Excitingly New

The prolific compositional output of Elisabeth Lutyens includes 129 vocal pieces. The two pieces included on this album were written seventeen years apart: Nativity in… 

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Elisabeth Lutyens’ Complete Organ Music

Elisabeth Lutyens is not a composer usually associated with the organ. For most of her life she inhabited a musical world which was very much… 

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Adopt a Composer — Jürgen Thym and Samuel Adler

One of the most rewarding aspects of my activities as a musicologist has been following the life and works of living composers – be they… 

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Three Generations of Tcherepnins

Three Generations explores music by three generations of composers from the Tcherepnin family: Ivan, Alexander and Nikolai. Each of the three wrote a wide range… 

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Songs of Loneliness

Songs of Loneliness was recorded in the autumn of 2020; the oldest music on the disc dates back to 2016. Here is a selection of… 

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Stravinsky and Me

The longest piece on the new Toccata Classics album of my choral works is A Lenten Cantata. It was premiered in 2017 with organ and… 

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Some Thoughts on Marcel Mihalovici’s Left-Hand ‘Passacaille’

On 2 October Toccata Classics releases the first-ever album of the piano music of the Romanian-born, Paris-based Marcel Mihalovici (1898–1985), in performances by the Berlin-based… 

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Songs of Love, Sorrow and Satire (And Not Forgetting the Baboon!): Recording Hans Gál’s Music for Voices

One of the proudest, happiest and most surreal moments in my singing career to date has been uttering the final notes of a choral concert… 

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Remembering Cedric Thorpe Davie

Cedric Thorpe Davie was born into a musical family in London in 1913. His father, Thorpe Davie, was a remarkable Scot who had a successful… 

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Recording “An Outstretched Hand” and Other Chamber Works

At half past four on a Friday morning in May 2018 I set out from my home in south-eastern France to go to England. The… 

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All the Keys in Kent

One of the Toccata Classics releases later this summer will be a recording of a sequence of piano preludes commissioned from me in 2014 by… 

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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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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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