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"Recent" Toccata Releases


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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2018, 05:30:15 pm »

Recording and releasing particular works by "obscure" composer by small record companies must be one of the most mystery-enshrouded activities within the world of classical music

Who decides on what to record? Who decides on the performers? Who puts up the money?

In some cases it seems to come down to the personal tastes of the company's owner. BIS in Sweden was an obvious case in point, certainly in years gone by. Robert von Bahr-as I understand it- owned the company so what got recorded and equally what did not get recorded came down to him. von Bahr appears to have had little interest in, for example, the music of Hilding Rosenberg.

Some companies rely heavily on a trusted repertoire adviser. CPO have Burkhard Schmilgun. Dutton have Lewis Foreman. Lyrita have a board of trustees of the Itter Trust, presumably advised to some extent by Paul Conway  but with Antony Smith heavily involved. Martin Anderson runs Toccata.

CPO seem financially sound. Certainly their particular modus operandi enable them to issue several cds every month. But they also appear to have a substantial backlog of recordings which means that it can take years, sometimes many years, before a particular recording is released to the public. The reasons why some of these recordings take longer than others to reach the public domain are seldom clear and usually completely inexplicable!

Other companies- one guesses- operate on a "shoestring" budget. They must seek external support/funding from wherever it can be obtained. It is very well known how generous the Havergal Brian Society have been in funding Dutton's recordings and, at least, helping Naxos.
The recent Hyperion cd of Erik Chisholm's Violin Concerto was paid for by the Chisholm Trust.
I suppose however that sources of funding may dry up or be diverted elsewhere so that the continuation of funding ceases. Thus projects stall.

Ultimately, I don't know. I am guessing.I know no more than other people. It would be nice to know more and I shall try to find out a little more soon. Perhaps Gareth can tell us how the CPO Holbrooke recordings were funded and when CPO will release the latest??
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2018, 08:22:02 pm »

I'm not sure that I can, suffice it to say that all the works recorded were broadcast first on Deutschland Radio Kultur, so perhaps the radio station paid a lion's share of costs. Certainly, the Holbrooke family has no sort of "Trust" or "Holbrooke Society" to fund recordings of Joseph's works.
As to a release date for Volume 3 of CPO's Holbrooke disks I am hoping that it will be some time this year. I will make enquiry.
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2018, 09:54:43 pm »

This is exactly what I was referring to when I spoke about CPO's modus operandi. It is a well-tried formula which works through the structure of radio within the Federal Republic.

There does appear to be a growing relationship between record companies and BBC3. A number of recent labels carry the BBC3 logo denoting that the content of the disc has been broadcast previously.
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« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2018, 04:09:42 pm »

Many thanks to the contributors to this thread. I have put together a nice Spotify playlist out of it all.
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2018, 04:19:53 am »

It is not often that four British symphonies completely unknown to me and by three composers, two of whom were equally unknown to me, arrive by post in a largie box Smiley

Steve Elcock's Symphony No.3 is described on the back of the cd as being in "the Nordic-British tradition of Sibelius, Nielsen, Simpson, Brian and similar fugures".

David Hackbridge Johnson's Symphony No.9 (he has apparently written fourteen!!) is described as being written in "a language inherited in part from Brian, Copland, Janacek, Rubbra, Sibelius, Simpson, Tippett...."

Rodney Newton's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 are written in the tradition of "Vaughan Williams and Arnold".

Well.......if these descriptions turn out to match what I hear then I shall be a very happy chap indeed Smiley Smiley

Watch this space!!
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