Several responses to the responses to my posting on Toccata Classics.
First, Alan Stone recommends:
>Fricker and Stanley Bate symphonies in new recordings, especially
>Fricker. Keep up the great work.
I entirely agree. I asked Malcolm Smith, ex-Boosey & Hawkes, which -- of all
British works not on CD he would most like to see recorded and without
skipping a beat he answered "Stanley Bate, Third Symphony" (and Malcolm has
been around since Adam was a cowboy: he knows his stuff).
Then Jim Tobin suggests:
>The work I would most like to hear a new recording of is the Weingartner
>orchestration of Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata. There are a couple
>of really old recordings with grossly inadequate sound (including
>Weingartner's own) but even in them the dynamics and sustained legato
>in some passages make for a powerful difference with even the best piano
I wonder if the CPO series of Weingartner's orchestral music will stretch
to that; I'll try to find out. If it doesn't, what should the coupling
be? More orchestrated Beethoven, logically -- but what?
I wrote and Jim responded:
>>No North American distribution yet, BTW. I'm working on that.
>But direct ordering is possible, yes?
Yes, you can order online at www.toccataclassics.com using PayPal.
Finally, Jeff Dunn writes:
>I believe you asked this question last year, but it's certainly worth
>continually asking in order to get unrecorded, worthy music before the
> ... I've long admired the music of Patric Standford. He has a tape
>of a perfomance of his Fifth symphony which I think is a classic example
>of collage/postmodern writing. There may be rights issues associated
>with it, but it certainly deserves to be as widely disseminated as Berio's
I did indeed run the idea past you last year (and probably the year before
that), but the difference is that the label is now up and, well, if not yet
running, at least taking its first steps! Anyway, your answers might well
differ from year to year -- I am currently listening, for example, to a
recording of piano music of the Ukrainian Viktor Kosenko (1896-1938), who
was barely even a name to me a couple of weeks ago, and it's tremendously
Patric Stanford is a good idea. I was in touch with him years back. If you
have an e-mail address for him, Jeff, could you let me have it in a private
And there are lots of chamber-music composers who deserve attention. If
we take only composers whose string quartets have not yet been recorded
(or only in part) and whom I have in my sights, we have, just off the
top of my head:
Vranicky (both brothers)
There must be hundreds more, of course, so I ask the List members to add to