Callaghan's judgement is proved spot-on, and he makes an eloquent advocate
There was a time when the music of Derbyshire-born composer/pianist Coke (1912-72) featured fairly frequently in London's musical life. Until, that is, the postwar years, when his late-Romantic style became unfashionable. Callaghan stumbled across Coke's work and sensed something special. His judgement is proved spot-on, and he makes an eloquent advocate. SP
Little is known about Derbyshire pianist and composer R.S. Coke though he was clearly valued during his lifetime and there is an entry about him in Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Artists who admired his work include Eugene Goossens who conducted Coke's opera "The Cenci", Sir Henry Wood who conducted the composer's first symphony (broadcast on the BBC) and the Brosa Quartet who performed his chamber music. He was a friend of both Moiseiwitsch and Rachmaninov and dedicated his 2nd Symphony to Rachmaninov with his permission. Watch the trailer here.