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Igor Raykhelson (b.1961): Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Piano Concerto in G minor; Cello Concerto in B minor / Boris Berezovsky, piano; Alexander Kniazev, cello
Igor Raykhelson (b.1961): Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Piano Concerto in G minor; Cello Concerto in B minor / Boris Berezovsky, piano; Alexander Kniazev, cello

1 CD / Toccata / 2014-03-25

Works: Igor Raykhelson: Concerto for Piano in G minor; Concerto for Cello in B minor
Performers: Berezovsky, Boris [Piano]; Kniazev, Alexander
Conductors: Earle, Hobart
Ensemble: ; Russian State Symphony Orchestra

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I was most often reminded of Rachmaninov, but the influences of Prokofiev and Shostakovich are also present... There is certainly an audible jazz...continue...
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Ronald Center (1913-1973): Piano Music / Christopher Guild, piano
Ronald Center (1913-1973): Piano Music / Christopher Guild, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2014-01-28

Works: Ronald Center: Sonata for piano; Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op 3; Andante, for piano; Sarabande, for piano; Air, for piano; Pantomime, for piano; Larghetto, for piano; Sonatine, for piano; Hommage, fo...
Performers: Guild, Christopher

  • Ronald Center (1913-73) is sometimes described as 'the Scottish Bartok'.
  • His music shows affinities with the music of Busoni, Debussy, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams.
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Philip Spratley (b.1942): Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 - Symphony no 3; Sinfonia Pascale; Cargoes; Helpston Fantasia
Philip Spratley (b.1942): Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 - Symphony no 3; Sinfonia Pascale; Cargoes; Helpston Fantasia

1 CD / Toccata / 2014-01-28

Works: Philip Spratley: Cargoes (after John Masefield), suite for orchestra; A Helpston Fantasia, for small orchestra; Symphony no 3 ("Sinfonia Pascale")
Performers: Muralev, Alexander [Violin]; Runova, Valentina; Senatyrev, Vladimir
Conductors: Vasiliev, Dmitry
Ensemble: ; Siberian Symphony Orchestra

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The final work on the program, Spratley's Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia Pascale (2009), is a fresh and original creation. Powerfully orchestrated, the impressive...continue...
Recording information: Omsk Philharmonic Hall, Omsk, Siberia (05/28/2013-05/29/2013)....continue...
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John Pickard (b.1963): Chamber Music, Vol. 2 - String Quartets nos 1 & 5 / Brodawski Quartet
John Pickard (b.1963): Chamber Music, Vol. 2 - String Quartets nos 1 & 5 / Brodawski Quartet

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-11-19

Works: John Pickard: Quartet for Strings no 1; Quartet for Strings no 5
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Ensemble: Brodawski Quartet

This second Toccata Classics disc of John Pickard's chamber music - released to mark his 50th birthday - presents both his earliest and his most...continue...
Recording information: St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London (07/10/2013/07/11/2013)....continue...
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Gustavo Leone (b.1956): String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2; Una voz, un grito, un lamento; Red Quintet; Scenes / Q-Arte Quartet
Gustavo Leone (b.1956): String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2; Una voz, un grito, un lamento; Red Quintet; Scenes / Q-Arte Quartet

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-08-27

Works: Gustavo Leone: Una voz, un grito, un lamento, for string quartet; Quartet for Strings no 1; Quartet for Strings no 2; Red Quintet, for harp & string quartet; Scenes, for string quartet
Performers: Bonilla, Marta Liliana [Harp]

With a traditional academic training as an opera singer, and especially inclined towards chamber music, Beatriz Elena Martinez is dedicated to exploring the technical possibilities...continue...
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Jeronimas Kacinskas (1907-2005): Nonet; String Quartet no. 3; Chamber Fantasy; Reflections / various artists
Jeronimas Kacinskas (1907-2005): Nonet; String Quartet no. 3; Chamber Fantasy; Reflections / various artists

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-08-27

Works: Jeronimas Kacinskas: Nonet, for woodwinds & strings; Reflections, for piano; Chamber Fantasy, for flute, string quartet & piano; Quartet for Strings no 3
Performers: Alekna, Gabrielius; Gelgotas, Giedrius; Gurinavicius, Arnoldas [Double Bass]; Kirilauskas, Daumantas
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Ensemble: St Christopher Quintet

Jeronimas Kacinskas is one of the lost radicals of 20th century music. Kacinskas abandoned traditional syntax in favor of an atonal athematicism, whereby the music...continue...
Recording information: Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (2007-10-08_2007-10-09&2009-)....continue...
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David Matthews: Music for Solo Violin, Vol. 1 - 15 Fugues, Op. 88; 3 Studies, Op. 39; Winter Journey, Op. 32 / Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin
David Matthews: Music for Solo Violin, Vol. 1 - 15 Fugues, Op. 88; 3 Studies, Op. 39; Winter Journey, Op. 32 / Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-08-27

Works: David Matthews: Three Studies, for violin, Op. 39; Fifteen Fugues, for violin, Op. 88; Winter Journey, for violin, Op. 32
Performers: Skaerved, Peter Sheppard

David Matthews' Fifteen Fugues for solo violin constitute what is probably the largest set of violin fugues by a living composer. They are played by...continue...
Recording information: Aldbury Parish Church, Hertfordshire (08/17/2010-08/18/2010)....continue...
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Taylor: Viola Concerto, Symphony No. 2 / Sarah-Jane Bradley
Taylor: Viola Concerto, Symphony No. 2 / Sarah-Jane Bradley

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-07-30

Works: Matthew Taylor: Humoreskes, concerto for viola & orchestra, Op. 41; Symphony no 2, Op. 10
Performers: Bradley, Sarah-Jane
Conductors: Walker, Garry
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This is Garry Walker's third CD for Toccata Classics after two well-received releases of Havergal Brian works with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. On this...continue...
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Rose: Chamber & Solo Works for Strings and Horn / Sheppard-Skaerved, Trandafilovski, Heyde, Meerloo, et al.
Rose: Chamber & Solo Works for Strings and Horn / Sheppard-Skaerved, Trandafilovski, Heyde, Meerloo, et al.

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-07-30

Works: Michael Alec Rose: Air for violin; Hubbert Peak; Everything Under the Sun; Three Short Obsessions, for violin; An Arch Never Sleeps, duo for violin & double bass; Palimpsest, for violin; Dr. Johnson ...
Performers: Goff, Morgan; Heyde, Neil; Lake, Carly [Horn]; Meerloo, Rachel [Double Bass]; Rose, Michael Alec; Skaerved, Peter Sheppard; Trandafilovski, Mihailo
Conductors: ; Skaerved, Peter Sheppard
Ensemble: ; Kreutzer Quartet

This CD documents a ten-year productive friendship between a composer and a performer. Many of Matthews' quartets were written for the Kreutzer Quartet, and they've...continue...
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Bingham: Piano Music / David Jones, piano
Bingham: Piano Music / David Jones, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-05-28

Works: Judith Bingham: The Moon over Westminster Cathedral, for piano; Limehouse Nocturne, for piano; Byron, Violent Progress, for piano; Christmas Past, for organ; Chopin, for piano; Annunciation no 2, for...
Performers: Jones, David

Bingham's (b. Nottingham, 1952) music for chorus and organ has been previously released on CD, but this is the 1st recording of her piano music....continue...
Recording information: The Venue, Leeds (10/27/2009)....continue...
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Mihkel Kerem (b.1981): Symphony No. 3; Lamento; String Sextet / Mikk Murdvee, Tallinn Ensemble
Mihkel Kerem (b.1981): Symphony No. 3; Lamento; String Sextet / Mikk Murdvee, Tallinn Ensemble

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-05-28

Works: Mihkel Kerem: Symphony no 3 ("For the Victims of Communism"); Lamento, for viola & orchestra; Sextet, for strings
Performers: Murdvee, Mikk
Conductors: Murdvee, Mikk
Ensemble: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Tallinn Ensemble

Estonian violinist Kerem (b.Tallinn, 1981) is familiar as a performer in Britain as well as at home. He is also a prolific composer, with over...continue...
Recording information: Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn (03/02/2012); The Fraternity Hall, The House of Blackheads, Tallinn (03/02/2012); Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn (2012-01-11_2012-01-12&2012-); The ...continue...
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Theodor Grigoriu: Byzantium after Byzantium: Trinity Concerto; The Great Passage; The Eternal Return / Sherban Lupu, violin; Andrei Tanasescu, piano
Theodor Grigoriu: Byzantium after Byzantium: Trinity Concerto; The Great Passage; The Eternal Return / Sherban Lupu, violin; Andrei Tanasescu, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-04-30

Works: Teodor Grigoriu: Trinity Concerto for violin & orchestra; The Great Passage, sonata for violin; The Eternal Return, sonata for violin & piano
Performers: Lupu, Sherban; Tanasescu, Andrei
Conductors: Hobson, Ian [Piano]
Ensemble: Sinfonia da Camera

Grigoriu (b. Moldavia, 1926) is one of the major Romanian composers in the period after Enescu. His vast output is little known outside his own...continue...
Recording information: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of (10/17/1996); Romanian Radio Television Studios (10/17/1996); Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of (1999...continue...
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David Matthews: Piano Concerto Op. 111; Piano Sonata. Op. 74; Variatinos for Piano, Op. 72 et al. / Laura Mikkola, piano
David Matthews: Piano Concerto Op. 111; Piano Sonata. Op. 74; Variatinos for Piano, Op. 72 et al. / Laura Mikkola, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-03-26

Works: David Matthews: Concerto for piano & orchestra, Op. 111; Piano Sonata, Op. 47; Variations for piano, Op. 72; Dionysus Dithyrambs (2), for piano, Op. 94; One to Tango, for piano, Op. 51d
Performers: Mikkola, Laura
Conductors: Vass, George
Ensemble: Orchestra Nova

In his piano music, as in his symphonies and string quartets, the English composer David Matthews (b. 1943) marries the idiom of classical tradition with...continue...
Recording information: Pamoja Hall, The Space Performing Arts Centre, Sevenoak (10/25/2012-10/26/2012)....continue...
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Philip Ramey: Piano Music, Vol. 4 - 1959-2011 / Stephen Gosling, piano
Philip Ramey: Piano Music, Vol. 4 - 1959-2011 / Stephen Gosling, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-03-26

Works: Phillip Ramey: Incantations, for piano; Cossack Variations, for piano; Early Preludes (3), for piano; Sonata for Piano no 3; Epigrams, Book 2, for piano; Lament for Richard III, for piano; Sonata for...
Performers: Gosling, Stephen

Stephen Gosling plays the piano music of American composer Phillip Ramey (b.1939). His music is rooted in the motoric athleticism of Prokofiev and Bartok, tempered...continue...
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Matthew Taylor: String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7 / Dante, Allegri & Salieri String Quartets
Matthew Taylor: String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7 / Dante, Allegri & Salieri String Quartets

1 CD / Toccata / 2013-02-26

Works: Matthew Taylor: Quartet for Strings no 5, Op. 35; Quartet for Strings no 6, Op. 36; Quartet for Strings no 7, Op. 37
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Ensemble: Allegri String Quartet; Dante String Quartet; Salieri String Quartet

Matthew Taylor's sense of musical architecture - extending the symphonic tradition of Sibelius and Nielsen into the modern age - can be felt in his...continue...
Recording information: All Saint's Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London (05/23/2012-05/24/2012)....continue...
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Jean Françaix: Music for String Orchestra / Kerry Stratton
Jean Françaix: Music for String Orchestra / Kerry Stratton

1 CD / Toccata / 2012-11-13

Works: Jean Françaix: Symphony d'Archets for orchestra; Ode sur "La Naissance de Vénus" de Botticelli, for orchestra; Die Kamelien (The Camellias), pantomime in 6 scenes for orchestra
Conductors: Stratton, Kerry
Ensemble: ; Sir Georg Solti Chamber Orchestra, Budapest

Françaix (1912 - 97) has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the happier composers. His Gallic charm and breezy good humor eclipse the superb...continue...
Recording information: Studio 22, Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary (07/06/2011-07/08/2011)....continue...
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David Matthews: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Quartets nos 5 & 12 / Kreutzer Quartet
David Matthews: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Quartets nos 5 & 12 / Kreutzer Quartet

1 CD / Toccata / 2012-10-30

Works: David Matthews: Quartet for Strings no 5, Op. 36; Quartet for Strings no 12, Op. 114
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Ensemble: Kreutzer Quartet

Vol.2 in the Toccata Classics cycle of the complete string quartets of Matthews (b. 1943). The American critic Reilly described the music on Volume One...continue...
Recording information: St John the Baptist, Aldbury, London (06/25/2010); St Peter and St Paul, Tring (06/25/2010); St John the Baptist, Aldbury, London (10/26/2011); St Peter and St Paul, Tring (10/2...continue...
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Nikolai Korndorf: Complete Music for Cello - concerto capriccioso; Triptych; Passacaglia / Alexander Ivashkin, cello; Anya Alexeyev, piano
Nikolai Korndorf: Complete Music for Cello - concerto capriccioso; Triptych; Passacaglia / Alexander Ivashkin, cello; Anya Alexeyev, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2012-10-30

Works: Nikolai Korndorf: Concerto capriccioso, for cello, strings & percussion; Triptych, for cello & piano; Passacaglia for cello solo
Performers: Alexeyev, Anya; Ivashkin, Alexander
Conductors: Krimets, Konstantin
Ensemble: Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow

Russian composer Korndorf (1947 - 2001) was a larger-than-life character and wrote music that was similarly expansive and urgent. His 3 works for solo cello...continue...
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David Braid: Chamber and Instrumental Music / Grace Davidson, Yuri Kalnits, Peter Cigleris, Jelena Lakovic
David Braid: Chamber and Instrumental Music / Grace Davidson, Yuri Kalnits, Peter Cigleris, Jelena Lakovic

1 CD / Toccata / 2012-10-30

Works: David Braid: Morning (Neruda), for voice & string quartet, Op. 3; Pieces (3) for solo piano, Op. 8; Invention for violin & piano, Op. 11; Sonata for Quartet, Op. 13; Infinite Reminiscence for 2 piano...
Performers: Cigleris, Peter [Clarinet]; Davidson, Grace; Ekins, John-Paul [Piano]; Hori, Mikako [Piano]; Kalnits, Yuri; Lakovic, Jelena [Piano]; Morneweg, Julia [Cello]; Podobedov, Sergei; Stoycheva, Rossitza [P...
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Ensemble: Erato Piano Trio; Tippett Quartet

British composer Braid (b. 1970), studied in London, Oxford and Kraków. His music shows something of that double inheritance, bringing together the lyricism of such...continue...
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John Pickard: Chamber Music / Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin & viola; Sophie Harris, cello; Ian Mitchell, bass clarinet; Mattew Rickard, piano
John Pickard: Chamber Music / Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin & viola; Sophie Harris, cello; Ian Mitchell, bass clarinet; Mattew Rickard, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2012-10-30

Works: John Pickard: Piano Trio; Insomnia, for violin & piano; Chaconne for viola; Valedictions, for cello & piano; Sonata for Violin; Snowbound, for bass clarinet, cello & piano
Performers: Harris, Sophie; Marshall-Luck, Rupert; Mitchell, Ian; Rickard, Matthew

Reviews of music by the English composer Pickard (b. 1963) have stated that 'he has the technique and the temperament to emerge as one of...continue...
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Mihkel Kerem: Violin Sonatas 1-3; Sonata for Solo Violin / Mikk Murdvee, violin; Sten Lassmann, piano
Mihkel Kerem: Violin Sonatas 1-3; Sonata for Solo Violin / Mikk Murdvee, violin; Sten Lassmann, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2012-10-30

Works: Mihkel Kerem: Sonata for violin & piano, no 1; Sonata for violin & piano, no 2; Sonata for solo violin; Sonata for violin & piano, no 3
Performers: Lassmann, Sten; Murdvee, Mikk

Estonian violinist Kerem (b. 1981) is both a performer and composer, with over 100 works to his credit, 3 symphonies among them. Kerem's style is...continue...
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Pianist John McCabe: Farewell Recital: Schubert, Ravel, Casken, McCabe et al. / John McCabe, piano
Pianist John McCabe: Farewell Recital: Schubert, Ravel, Casken, McCabe et al. / John McCabe, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2012-07-10

Works: Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143; Emily Howard: Sky and Water, for piano; John Casken: The Haunting Bough, for piano; Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; John McC...
Performers: McCabe, John [Composer, Piano]

In August 2010, at the Presteigne Festival on the Welsh borders, John McCabe gave his last public piano recital, bringing to an end a career...continue...
Recording information: St. Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys (08/29/2010)....continue...
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Igor Raykhelson: Viola Concerto; Violin Concerto / Yuri Bashmet, viola; Nikolay Sachenko, violin
Igor Raykhelson: Viola Concerto; Violin Concerto / Yuri Bashmet, viola; Nikolay Sachenko, violin

1 CD / Toccata / 2012-07-10

Works: Igor Raykhelson: Concerto for Violin in C minor; Concerto for Viola in A minor
Performers: Bashmet, Yuri [Conductor/Viola]; Sachenko, Nikolay
Conductors: Vandelli, Claudio; Slatkovsky, Alexander
Ensemble: Novaya Rossiya Orchestra

In the words of his friend, violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet, composer-pianist Igor Raykhelson "possesses a superb mastery of both classical and jazz idioms." The...continue...
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Philip Ramey: Piano Music, Vol. 3 / Stephen Gosling, piano
Philip Ramey: Piano Music, Vol. 3 / Stephen Gosling, piano

1 CD / Toccata / 2011-10-11

Works: Phillip Ramey: Suite, for piano; Short Pieces (2), for piano; Toccata Giocosa, for piano; Slavic Rhapsody (The Novgorod Kremlin at Night), for piano; Burlesque-Paraphrase on a Theme of Stephen Foster...
Performers: Gosling, Stephen

The piano music of American composer Phillip Ramey (b. 1939) is rooted in the motoric athleticism of Prokofiev and Bartók and then seasoned with sober...continue...
Recording information: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York (05/07/2010-05/10/2010)....continue...
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Mario Lavista: Complete String Quartets
Mario Lavista: Complete String Quartets

1 CD / Toccata / 2011-07-12

Works: Mario Lavista: Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Reflejos de la Noche"); Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Música para mi vecino"); Quartet for Strings no 4 ("Sinfonías"); Quartet for Strings no 5 ("Siet...

The string quartets of Mexico's leading contemporary composer, performed by Latin America's leading string quartet. The influences on the work of Mario Lavista (b. 1943)...continue...
Recording information: Sala Silvestre Revueltas, Estudios Churubusco, Mexico C (02/19/2007-02/20/2007)....continue...
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Matthews: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1
Matthews: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1

1 CD / Toccata / 2010-05-11

Works: David Matthews: Quartet for Strings no 4, Op. 27; Adagio for string quartet, Op. 56a; Quartet for Strings no 6, Op. 56; Quartet for Strings no 10, Op. 84

To date David Matthews (b. 1943) has written seven symphonies and eleven string quartets. This first volume of his complete string quartets presents works written...continue...
Recording information: Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, England (08/04/2008/08/05/2008)....continue...
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Krzysztof Meyer: Complete Works for Cello and Piano / Mizerska, Abbate, Glensk
Krzysztof Meyer: Complete Works for Cello and Piano / Mizerska, Abbate, Glensk

1 CD / Toccata / 2009-07-14

Works: Krysztof Meyer: Sonata for cello & piano no 1, Op. 62; Canzona for cello & piano, Op. 56; Sonata for cello & piano no 2, Op. 99
Performers: Abbate, Emma; Glensk, Katarzyna; Mizerska, Evva

Krzysztof Meyer, a student of Penderecki, Lutoslawski, and Nadia Boulanger, is one of the leading Polish composers of the day. His music marries a powerful...continue...
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Spratley: Music for String Orchestra / Spratley, Manchester Sinfonia, et al
Spratley: Music for String Orchestra / Spratley, Manchester Sinfonia, et al

1 CD / Toccata / 2009-07-14

Works: Philip Spratley: Sinfonietta for orchestra, Op. 6; Byard's Leap, concertino for clarinet & orchestra, Op. 27; A Gallery of Cats, concertino for recorder & orchestra, Op. 26; In Outlaw Country, suite ...
Performers: Jones, Eira Lynn; Merrick, Linda; Redfern, Tracey; Turner, John
Conductors: Wordsworth, Barry; Spratley, Philip
Ensemble: Manchester Sinfonia; Royal Ballet Sinfonia

A fresh, original, and immediately attractive voice in British music, Philip Spratley has roots in English folksong, and his compositions are strongly evocative of the...continue...
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Vuori: Symphonies no 1 and 2 / Pirilä, Hyvinkää Orchestra
Vuori: Symphonies no 1 and 2 / Pirilä, Hyvinkää Orchestra

1 CD / Toccata / 2008-08-12

Works: Hari Vuori: Symphony no 1; Symphony no 2
Conductors: Pirilä, Tuomas

Harri Vuori is one of the leading voices among contemporary Finnish composers. This is the first recording of two symphonies hot off the presses: No....continue...
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Ramey: Piano Music Vol 2 / Conti
Ramey: Piano Music Vol 2 / Conti

1 CD / Toccata / 2008-06-10

Works: Phillip Ramey: Diversions (8) for Piano; Epigrams, Book 1; Leningrad Rag "Mutations on Scott Joplin"; Winter Nocturne; Toccata for Piano no 1; Ode for F.D.R.; Toccata for Piano no 2; Sonata for Piano...
Performers: Conti, Mirian

After the huge critical success of the first CD of Phillip Ramey's piano music, Toccata is pleased to announce the release of a second disc....continue...
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Lees: Piano Music 1947-2005 / Conti
Lees: Piano Music 1947-2005 / Conti

1 CD / Toccata / 2008-06-10

Works: Benjamin Lees: Toccata, for piano; Six Ornamental Etudes, for piano; Three Preludes, for piano; Sonata Breve, for piano; Odysseys (3), for piano
Performers: Conti, Mirian

This long overdue disc is dedicated to the piano music of Benjamin Lees! For the many listeners new to Lee's music, be prepared to discover...continue...
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Tormis: Works for Men's Voices / Kraus, Eberhard, et al
Tormis: Works for Men's Voices / Kraus, Eberhard, et al

1 CD / Toccata / 2007-10-09

Works: Veljo Tormis: An Aboriginal Song; Kaksikpühendus, diptühhon (Double Dedication, diptych), for chorus; Crosswind, for men's chorus; Meie varjud (Our Shadows), for chorus; Forging the Sampo, ...
Performers: Emilsson, Erik; Engstrom, Stefan; Johansson, Emil; Lindberg, Staffan; Midgren, Johannes; Sternby, Johan; Stervander, Martin; Tormis, Veljo [Composer]

"(Tormis') music is tonal but steeped in close-voicings, pungent dissonances, often dense textures, and wide vocal and dynamic range. The musical material is most often...continue...
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Raykhelson: Jazz Suite, Little Symphony / Bashmet, et al
Raykhelson: Jazz Suite, Little Symphony / Bashmet, et al

1 CD / Toccata / 2007-04-10

Works: Igor Raykhelson: Little Symphony for strings in G minor; Reflections; Adagio for viola and strings; Jazz Suite, for viola, saxophone and orchestra
Performers: Bashmet, Yuri [Conductor/Viola]; Butman, Igor; Goloubev, Yuri; Raykhelson, Igor; Revich, Elena; Revitch, Elena; Zizak, Eduard
Conductors: Bashmet, Yuri
Ensemble: Moscow Soloists

Igor Raykhelson studied both classical and jazz piano, and early in his career formed a jazz quartet, 'The Emerging Stars.' In 1979 Raykhelson moved to...continue...
Personnel: Igor Raykhelson (piano); Elena Revich (violin); Yuri Bashmet (viola); Igor Butman (saxophone); Yuri Goloubev (double bass)....continue...
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Plakidis: Songs for the Wind and Blood / Sne, Riga Chamber
Plakidis: Songs for the Wind and Blood / Sne, Riga Chamber

1 CD / Toccata / 2007-04-10

Works: Peteris Plakidis: Music for piano, strings & timpani; Songs for the Wind & Blood, for voice & orchestra; Concerto for 2 oboes & strings; Concerto-Ballad for 2 violins, piano & strings
Performers: Beitans, Dzintars; Bigaca, Antra; Pauls, Andris; Pelnens, Vilnis; Plakidis, Peteris; Urbans, Uldis
Conductors: Sne, Normund
Ensemble: Riga Chamber Players

The music of Peteris Plakidis, born in 1947, is rooted in the melodic character of Latvian folk music, which imbues all his works with a...continue...
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Matthew Taylor: String Quartet 3, Piano Trio / Brabbins, BBC
Matthew Taylor: String Quartet 3, Piano Trio / Brabbins, BBC

1 CD / Toccata / 2007-03-13

Works: Matthew Taylor: Piano Trio, Op. 17; Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 18; Conflict and Consolation, for brass, timpani & percussion, Op. 19
Conductors: ; Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Lowbury Piano Trio

Matthew Taylor's music (b. 1964) seeks to give the symphonic tradition continued relevance in the modern age. These three works, composed consecutively between 1993 and...continue...
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Ramey: Piano Music / Stephen Gosling
Ramey: Piano Music / Stephen Gosling

1 CD / Toccata / 2006-06-13

Works: Phillip Ramey: Color Etudes, for piano; Memorial (In Memoriam Alexander Tcherepnin), for piano; Chromatic Waltz, for piano; Sonata for Piano no 1; Sonata for Piano no 2; Sonata for Piano no 5 (For th...
Performers: Gosling, Stephen

The piano music of American composer Phillip Ramey (b. 1939) has its roots in the motoric athleticism of Prokofiev and Bartok, refracted through the wiry...continue...
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