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Thomas de Hartmann in Ukraine- a Forgotten Master

Written by Efrem Marder

Background:

A few years ago I embraced the aim to help bring out de Hartmann’s orchestral music, a logical next step following the successful initiative led by Elan Sicroff to record de Hartmann’s solo piano, vocal, and chamber music.

Discussions with record labels ensued, and Martin Anderson, head of Toccata Classics, suggested that we speak with Theodore Kuchar, the accomplished American/Ukrainian conductor based in Lviv, Ukraine, with the idea that it would be fitting if de Hartmann’s music could be revitalized in the composer’s homeland.…

Journey to Inaccessible Places

Journey to Inaccessible Places

Elan Sicroff, pianist

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Listening here:

The music on this album is the result of an unusual collaboration between George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1877–1949) and Thomas de Hartmann (1885–1956). When Gurdjieff first appeared in Russia in 1912, he was already a master of the science of human transformation, and his ideas and techniques included a comprehensive psychology and cosmology, as well as many practical tools for inner work.…

Performing and Recording the Orchestral Works

Now that the Thomas de Hartmann Project CDs have been made available to the public, we are engaged in the process of recording and also seeking performance opportunities for the orchestral works. Efrem Marder, long-time project team member, is leading this initiative. 

As a first step, in September 2021, a festival of three concerts, Thomas de Hartmann in Ukraine- a Forgotten Master was organized in Lviv Ukraine in collaboration with the conductor Theodore Kuchar, and the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine.…

History

In 2006 guitarist Robert Fripp offered to guide me in a long-term project to bring de Hartmann’s music back to the listening audience. This was the beginning of what became the Thomas de Hartmann Project. Before going into detail about the process, it may be helpful to provide some background: 

Thomas de Hartmann’s music was widely acclaimed in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, and the composer enjoyed a successful career in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.…