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San Francisco Chronicle recommends Robert’s book

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 December 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

This website continues to be a bulletin board for news about my husband Robert Philip’s book, ‘The Classical Music Lover’s Companion to Orchestral Music‘. [Yes, I know – the author could have his own website. But, having seen how much work it takes to feed a hungry website with titbits,  he would rather do something […]

Speaking the Piano is a ‘Books of the Year’ choice

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 November 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  1 Comment

Good news at the weekend about my book ‘Speaking the Piano‘: it has been chosen as one of the Books of the Year by the Financial Times and by the Sunday Times. ‘An all-embracing exploration of how to make music come alive’ (Financial Times, 24 Nov 2018) ‘Studded with gems of insight … a must-read […]

First customer review of my book on Amazon

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 August 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

One never knows whether to fear or look forward to ‘customer reviews’ on Amazon. Ever since a couple of high-profile rows involving well-known authors hiding behind false names in order to rubbish their rivals’ work on Amazon, we’ve all been alerted to the possibility that customer reviews may not be what they seem. At the […]

Gramophone magazine review of Speaking the Piano

Posted by Susan Tomes on 12 August 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  2 Comments

A fine book from an underrated pianist ‘When my biography of Leopold Godowsky was first published some thirty years ago [writes Jeremy Nicholas in Gramophone magazine], I prefaced the narrative with a quote from Confucius: “I do not seek to be known. I seek to be worthy to be known”. It is a quote that […]

BBC Music: book review, July 2018

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 June 2018 under Books, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

My book ‘Speaking the Piano‘ was published last week, and by a happy coincidence on the same day it received a five-star review from Jessica Duchen in the July issue of BBC Music magazine. (see photo) ‘Susan Tomes’s insights as a performer and teacher are fully matched by her literary eloquence: at the piano or […]