£16 post free World-wide


555 sonatas 9Cds mp3 files
Only £22


Benjamin: Written on Skin £16

What's New
Previous CDs
Labels index

Every day we post 10 new Classical CD and DVD reviews. A free weekly summary is available by e-mail. MusicWeb is not a subscription site. To keep it free please purchase discs through our links.

  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    

Misc M-Z
Detailed listing (last two days)]
[Part 1 New]  [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] 
[Part 7 Misc M-Z]

Would you like a hyperlinked weekly summary of the CDs we have reviewed?
Enter your email address below, then click the 'Join Now' button.
You can unsubscribe yourself at any time.
Powered by groups.yahoo.com
Sample: See what you will get

Search the entire MusicWeb site

Any review; Any Article
powered by FreeFind


Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Violin Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op.8 (1865) Peter SCULTHORPE (b. 1929) Irkanda I for solo violin (1955) Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 9 (1895) Christian HEIM (b. 1960) Transformation for violin and piano(1993) Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Caprice Viennois Marina Marsden, violin - Robert Chamberlain, piano - Recorded in the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC, Melbourne, Australia, September 1994 TALL POPPIES TO067 [72.21] [NH]

An excellent showcase for Marina Marsden's talents with a remarkable cross-fertilisation of Australian and Scandinavian chamber music … see Full Review

In memoriam; Yehudi Menuhin Ludwig van BEETOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D Op.61 Edouard LALO (1823-1892) Symphonie Espagnole Op.21 – omits Intermezzo Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Double Concerto in D BWV 1043 Bela BARTÓK (1881-1945) Violin Concerto No.2 Interview with Menuhin talking about Bartók, 1978 Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York/Artur Rodzinski, 9 December 1945 (Beethoven) San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux, 30 December 1951 (Lalo) David Oistrakh (violin) and Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra/Georges Georgescu, 18 September 1958 (Bach) L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet, 16 August 1947 (Bartók) MUSIC AND ARTS CD 1053 [2 CDs 130.50] [JW]

Aside from the Lalo and the vicissitudes of his middle and later years here is a musician of nobility and breadth … see Full Review

"The Pearl Fishers: Famous Opera Duets" Various Naxos artists Recorded at various locations between 1990 and 1995 - Notes in English and Deutsche. Complete texts and English translations NAXOS 8.555797 [77.59] [PS]

A generous, well selected collection of operatic highlights capably sung and excellently recorded … see Full Review

PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA 1927-1940; STOKOWSKI 1 Leopold Stokowski discusses Schoenberg's Gurrelieder Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Gurrelieder Arkadi DUBENSKY (1890-1966)12 The Raven 12:05 Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) 13-16 Kammermusik No. 2, Op. 36, No. 1 (Concerto for Piano and Orchestra) 18:36 13 I Sehr lebhafte Achtel 3:22 14 II Sehr langsame Achtel 7:49 15 III Kleines Potpourri: Sehr lebhafte Viertel 1:36 16 IV Finale: Schnelle Viertel 5:49 Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908), Arranged by Stokowski 1 "Hunt and Storm Music," Act III, Prelude from The Maid of Pskov 4:20 Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) 2 Entr'acte from Act IV, Khovantshchina 3:58 Modest MUSSORGSKY, arranged and edited by Stokowski 3-8 Boris Godunov: Symphonic Synthesis 21:31 Reinhold GLIÈRE (1875-1956) 9-12 Symphony No. 3 in B minor, "Ilya Murometz" (abridged version) 46:15 13 "Russian Sailors' Dance" from The Red Poppy 3:48 Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) 1 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, 3-5 Nocturnes 26:35 6-7 Danses sacrée et profane 10:25 6 "Danse sacrée" 5:13 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) 8-11 Rapsodie espagnole 16:27 ANDANTE 4978 [4 CDs 300.21] [JW]

Recommendation seems superfluous given the many Andante strengths. Times have never been better for Stokowskians and the Gurrelieder means that this is a mandatory purchase … see Full Review

Quietude Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Improvisation Op.84 No.5 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Preludium No.VIII from The Well Tempered Klavier Vol.1 Adolf WIKLUND (1879-1950) Ein liten roddtur from Från mitt fönster, Mot kväll from Från mitt fönster Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Lento irrealmente No.XX of Visions Fugitives Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Op.19 No.6 of Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op.19 No.2 of Sechs kleine Klavierstücke Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Clair de lune from Suite Bergamasque Erik SATIE (1866-1925) Gnossienne No.2, Gymnopédie No.3 Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La vallée des Cloches from Miroirs, Oiseaux tristes from Miroirs TRADITIONAL MELODIES Som sjärnan, Limu Limu Lima Lars KARLSSON Romance from Fem aforismer Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Berceuse Op.40 No.5 from Pensées, Lyriques Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Sadness from 12 American preludes Emil SJÖGREN (1853-1918) Reverie from Bilder och utkast Maurice KARKOFF Oasen Kerstin JEPPSSON En dröm – Music for piano Rolf Lindbloom (piano) Rec. Great Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm December 1985 PROPRIUS PRCD 9052 [67.54] [JW]

Some nice touches, imaginative choices and one feels Lindbloom is a thoughtful musician. … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH - ‘Rariora & Marginalia’ - Philipp Friedrich BÖDDECKER (1607-1683) Sonata in d minor [07:21] - Sonata sopra ‘La Monica’ [06:11] - anon (Nicolaus A. Strungk?, c1640-1700) Contrapunct sopra la Baßigaglos d’Altr. (Variations on the chorale ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’ [13:49] - Johann Paul VON WESTHOFF (1656-1705) Sonata ‘La Guerra’ [12:17] - Giovanni Battista BOVICELLI (c1594) Diminutions on ‘Io son ferito ahi lasso’ (Da Palestrina) [05:56] - Georg MUFFAT (1653-1705) Sonta per violino solo (Prague, 1677) [12:20] - Antonio BERTALI (1605-1669) Chiacona [08:29] The Rare Fruits Council: Manfredo Kraemer, violin; Josep Borrás, dulcian; Balász Máté, cello; Eduardo Egüez, theorbo, guitar; Alessandro de Marchi, harpsichord, organ - Rec. March 2001 at the Abbey of Brunenthal, Austria DDD ASTRÉE E-8840 [66:28] [JvW]

A collection of extraordinary music for the violin – brilliantly performed and recorded. … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Prague String Quartets Luboš FIŠER (1935-1999) String Quartet (1986) Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b 1954) Shofarot-String Quartet No 4 (2000) Otmar MÁCHA (b 1922) String Quartet No 2 (1987) Zdeněk LUKÁŠ (b 1928) String Quartet No 4 Op 213 (1987) - Jupiter Quartet Recorded Domovina Studios, Prague, June and July 2001 ARCO DIVA UP 0044-2 131 [63.40] [JW]

A very strong recommendation. Likeable, winning and effective works receiving committed advocacy … see Full Review

William Primrose (viola) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Viola Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.120 No.1 (1894) - Viola Sonata No.2 in E flat major Op.120 No.2 (1894) Arthur BENJAMIN (1893-1960) Elegy, Waltz and Toccata (1945) Roy HARRIS (1898-1979) Soliloquy and Dance (1938) Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani William Primrose (viola) with - William Kapell (piano) Sonata No.1 - Gerald Moore (piano) Sonata No.2 - Vladimir Sokoloff (piano) in the Arthur Benjamin - Johanna Harris (piano) in the Roy Harris - Franz Rupp (piano) in the Fritz Kreisler - Recorded 1937-46 PEARL GEMM CD 9253 [73.04] [JW]

A splendid conspectus of mid-period Primrose in repertoire of which he was a masterful interpreter. … see Full Review

Reminiscence Terence CROUCHER Lullaby, Romance, Greenwood Jonathan RICHARDS Idyll, Nocturne Jonathan RICHARDS and Andi EDMONDSON Caprice Jonathan N Richards (guitar) Andrea Edmondson (flute) rec. 2002, Angel Studios ANDIDISX@D No Number [18.30] [RB]

Here is music consistently pleasing to the ear and mind. Shapely melody without unsettling modernity ... see Full Review

‘Sacred Music at the Munich Court’ - Rupert Ignaz MAYR (1646-1712) Jubilate Deo [04:06] - Deus in adiutorium [01:15] - Dixit Dominus [02:17] - Laudate pueri Dominum [02:11] - Laetatus sum [02:43] - Salve Regina [09:46] - Cofitebor tibi Domine [03:31] - Nisi Dominus [02:08] - Lauda Jerusalem [02:26] - Magnificat [03:17] - Johann Caspar KERLL (1627-1693) Gaudete Pastores [07:33] - Regina caeli laetare [02:23] - Missa Superba [25:52] - Constanze Backes, Priska Eser-Streit (soprano), Susanne Otto (contralto), Hermann Oswald, Christian Zenker (tenor),Thomas Hamberger, Joel Frederiksen (bass) orpheus chor münchen; Neue Hofkapelle München Dir.: Gerd Guglhör - Recorded in December 2002 at the Markuskirche in Munich DDD ARTE NOVA 74321 98493 2 [70:06] [JvV]

Interesting recording, sympathetically performed showing some basic misunderstandings of performance practice of sacred music in the 17th century. … see Full Review

Det Korta Livet - The Short Life Sven Erik BÄCK Våren David WIKANDER Förvårskväll; Kung Liljekonvalje Knut HÅKANSON Våhr-Wijsa TRAD Den blida vår Oskar LINDBERG Pingst; Stjärntändning Waldemar ÅHLÉN Sommarpsalm Wilhelm STENHAMMAR I seraillets hæve TRAD arr ALFVÉN Uti vår hage C.J.L. ALMQVIST Varför kom du på ängen; Den lyssnande Maria Fritz SJÖSTRÖM Söt blomma Ingvar LIDHOLM Sommarafton; Troget och milt Sven-Eric JOHANSON Det är vackrast när det skymmer; Nu är det sommarmorgon Bjørn HJELMBORG Den lyse nat Åke MALMFORS Månsken Lars Johan WERLE Är gryningen redan här Elisabeth HERMODSSON Sommardoft; Sommarkväll på ön Knut HÅKANSON Brusala Stefan FORSSÉN Som tysta ljud Rilke Ensemble rec. Jan, Nov 1988, May 1999, Lundby Nya Kirka, Göteborg DDD SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1112 [72.33] [RB]

Fresh and tonal Swedish a cappella choral music from the last century purged of anything to do with the Victorian fustian. ... see Full Review

Rhapsody for Two George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Dokshizer) Zdenĕk FIBICH (1850-1900) Poème César CUI (1835-1918) Oriental Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Rondo for Lifey Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Pavane pour une Infante défunte Piotr Ilitch TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Danse Napolitaine - Valse sentimentale Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dance Op. 10, No. 2 (arr. Dokshizer) Abraham GEIFMANN (?) Two Jewish Pieces - Melodie, Tanz - Romanze Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Ständchen Alexander ARUTUNIAN (b. 1920) Trumpet Concerto (Piano Reduction) - World Première Recording Andrea Michel, trumpet Nicola Hollenbach, piano - Recording information not included - No catalogue number [60.50] [NH]

Trumpet and piano versions of well known and lesser known miniatures, bookended by two more substantial works … see Full Review

Rhapsody Klement SLAVICKÝ (1910-1999) Rhapsody for solo viola Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Three Madrigals for violin and viola (1947) Zdeněk LUKÁŠ (b 1928) Sonata per viola solo Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Lachrymae – reflections on a Song by Dowland (1950) Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b 1954) Gila Rome – Meditations for Solo Viola Vittorio MONTI (1868-1922) Csárdás Jitka Hosprová (viola) - Veronika Jarůšková (violin) - Kateřina Englichová (harp) - Recorded in the Domovina Studio Prague November 2001 ARCO DIVA UP 0043-2 131 [65.29] [JW]

Robust, youthful performances full of affirmation sometimes more introspective and tinged with melancholy. … see Full Review

The Organs Of Gottfried Silbermann Vol. 1 Freiberg/St. Petri: 1 Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750): Toccata d-Moll BWV 913a 2 Johann Bernhard BACH (1676-1749): Choralbearbeitung "Allein auf Gott setz dein Vertraun" - 3 Choralbearbeitung "Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten" BWV 647 aus den "Schübler Chorälen" - 4 Choralbearbeitung "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend" BWV 709 5 Johann Christoph KELLNER (1736-1803): Fantasia g-Moll Tiefenau: Johann Sebastian BACH: Vier Choralbearbeitungen: 6 "Wir Christenleut" BWV 1090 - 7 "Nun freut euch, liebe Christen gmein" BWV 734 - 8 "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" (Bach zugeschrieben) BWV deest - 9 "Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf" BWV 1092 Niederschöna: 10 Johann Sebastian BACH: Fantasia ex C dis BWV 1121 11 Johann Rudolf AHLE (1625-1673): Choralbearbeitung "Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" Johann Sebastian BACH: Zwei Choralbearbeitungen: 12 "Von Gott will ich nicht lassen" (Bach zugeschrieben) BWV deest - 13 "Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr" BWV 715 Großhartmannsdorf: 14 Partita diverse sopra "Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen?" BWV 770 Ewald Kooiman, organs Rec: September 2000, Freiberg/St. Petri, Tiefenau, Niederschöna, Großhartmannsdorf QUERSTAND VKJK 0022 [69.41] [KME]

A very attractive disc featuring music played on four excellent Silbermann organs ... See Full Review

The Organs of Gottfried Silbermann Vol. 2 Bad Lausick: Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750): Partita "Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig" BWV 768 (Choral und Variationen I bis XI) - Rötha, St. Marien: Georg Andreas SORGE (1703-1778): Sonate F-Dur (Ohne Bezeichnung (Allegro) - Andante - Aria - Fuga) Schweikershain: ANONYMOUS (18. Jh.): Variationen über "Ah, vous dirai-je, maman" Johann Sebastian BACH: Choralvorspiel "Nun ruhen alle Wälder" BWV 756 Glauchau: Johann Sebastian BACH: Praeludium und Fuge C-Dur BWV 531 Christian Gotthilf TAG (1735-1811): Zwölf kurze und leichte Orgelvorspiele: Vivace e maestoso - Andante molto - Vivace - Adagio - Andantino - Andantino - Largo molto - Andante molto - Adagio - Larghetto - Largo - Grave (Auf die in phrygischer Tonart gesetzten Melodien: Es wolle uns Gott gnädig; Aus tiefer Noth schrey; Da Jesus an dem Kreutze) Felix Friedrich, organs - Rec: April 2001, Bad Lausick, Rötha, St. Marien, Schweikershain, Glauchau QUERSTAND VKJK 0207 [69.41] [KME]

A somewhat disappointing recording of music played on four excellent Silbermann organs ... see Full Review

Victor Simon (b.1930) - cellist Boris TCHAIKOVSKY (1925-1996) Cello Concerto [38.09] Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805) Cello Concerto in B flat major [22.30] Piotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Nocturne; Pezzo Capriccioso [4.44; 6.47] Victor Simon (cello) - Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio/Vladimir Fedoseyev - rec. Mar 1983 (Boccherini), Jan 1987 (Piotr Tchaikovsky), Feb 1978 (Boris Tchaikovsky) ADD - Recordings from Russian State Foundation of Radio and Television RELIEF CR991065 [72.36] [RB]

A magnetic pull for cello-fans ... the grit and smoke, song and lamentation of the Boris Tchaikovsky concerto. Defiant and distinctive, ... see Full Review

The Sirota Archives: Rare Russian Masterpieces Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Sonata in G Op.37 (1878) Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Près du Ruisseau - Sérénade - Prelude in F - Polonaise in E flat minor - Valse-caprice Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936) Sonata No.1 in B flat minor Op.74 (1901) Leo Sirota (piano) - Recorded in April-May 1955 ARBITER 110 [75.37] [JW]

Intense drama, romantic, occasionally wayward … big playing … growing increasingly ardent … see Full Review

Leo Sirota. Tokyo Farewell Concert Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Pastorale in E minor - Capriccio in E Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3 (1802) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Sonata in A minor D845 (1845) Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Sposalizio Don Juan Fantasy - The voice of Sirota; a message to his family - Leo Sirota (piano) - Recorded in Tokyo December 1963 except Liszt (radio broadcast March 1955) and the message (May 1960) ARBITER 123 [77.15] [JW]

Real sensitivity, pensive introspection … a powerful sensibility at work. If you’re hesitating because of Sirota’s technical frailties, don’t. … see Full Review

Songs of Heaven and Earth Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Heart’s Music (1954) [3’03"] - Valiant-for-Truth (1940) [6’08"] - Three Choral Hymns (1930)** [14’02"] Brian BROCKLESS (1926-1955) Christ is now risen agayne (1958) [2’23"] - Now blessed be thou, Christ Jesu (1959) [2’32"] - Come Holy Spirite, Most Blessed Lorde (1976, revised 1985) [2’09"] - There is a garden in her face (1953) [3’17"] Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Festival Te Deum (1944)** [6’24"] - Five Flower Songs (1950) [11’24"] Jonathan HARVEY (b. 1939) Come, Holy Ghost (1984) [6’17"] - I love the Lord (1976) [5’42"] Howard SKEMPTON (b. 1947) Two Poems of Edward Thomas (1996)* [2’51"] The Choir of Queen’s College, Cambridge - directed by Matthew Steynor and *James Weeks - **Samuel Hayes (organ) - Rec. Chapel of Queen’s College, Cambridge 24, 26, 27 June 2001; * 27 June 2000 GUILD GMCD 7265 [67’50"] [JQ]

The programme is very interesting and it is good to see Oxbridge college choirs other than the "usual suspects" represented on CD. … see Full Review

Sounds Contemporary Alan RIDOUT (1934 – 1996) Suite Bretonne (1989) - Christ Preaching at Cookham Regata (1988) - Passacaglia (1971) - Two Pictures of Graham Sutherland (1967) - Scots Suite (1994) - The Night Watch (1981) Humphrey CLUCAS (born 1941) Passacaglia (1998) Bernard ROSE (1916 – 1996) Improvisation Ein’feste Burg (ca. 1960) - Chimes (1974) - Passacaglia (1983) Robert Crowley at the organ of All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London - Recorded: All Saints Church, London, no date LAMMAS LAMM 103 D [71:12] [HC]

 Truly contemporary music, but not of the experimental kind that turns the organ into a noise-producing engine. Warmly recommended. … see Full Review

In the Spring - A Collection of Dorset Songs John IRELAND Great Things (Hardy) Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Linden Lea (Barnes) Graham PEEL Bright is the ring of words (R.L. Stevenson) - Requiem (R.L. Stevenson) - Summertime on Bredon (Housman) - The Oxen (Hardy) G.E.P. ARKWRIGHT In the Spring (Barnes) F. F. COAKER The Geate A-Vallen To (Barnes) Paul EDMUNDS Bells of Alderburnham (Barnes) Gustav HOLST The Sergeant's Song (Hardy) William Adams (bass-baritone) Richard Hall (piano) NO NUMBER [24.32] [RB]

Thanks to William Adams for pushing out the boundaries of British song. Coaker and Edmunds should certainly be explored further. ... see Full Review

Stars of Salzburg Bedrich SMETANA (1824-84) Ma Vlast – From Bohemia’s Fields and Grovesa (1875) [13’46]. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91) Don Giovanni (1787) – Notte e giorno faticarb [4’20]. Zaide (1780) – Ruhe sanft mein holdes Lebenc [6’21]. François DEVIENNE (1759-1803) Flute Concerto No. 8 in G (1794) - Tempo di Polonaised [4’43]. Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924) Turandot (1924) – Nessun dormae [3’24]. Charles GOUNOD (1818-93) Roméo et Juliette (1867) – Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maître … Que fais-tu, blanche tourterellef [4’34]. Johannes BRAHMS (1833-97) Hungarian Dancesg (1858-79) – No. 1 in G minor [2’37]; No. 6 in D flat [2’51]. Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Il trovatore (1853) – Ah! Sí, ben mio, coll’essere … Di quella pirah [7’09]. Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Vier letzte Lieder (1948) – Septemberi [4’47]. Richard WAGNER (1813-83) Tannhäuser (1845) – Dich teure Hallej [5’09]. Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908) Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43k (1899) [5’04]. Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Spring Waters, Op. 14 No. 11l (1896) [2’01]. Santiago de MURCIA (?1685-?1732) La Jotam (?) [2’53]. TRADITIONAL Dilmano, dilbero (Bugarska Tshushka)n [1’51]. Manuel PONCE (1882-1948) Estrellitao (c1913) [3’20] (arr. Heifetz). aVienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt; bMaurizio Murare (baritone), bKwang Choul Youn (tenor); bRegina Schörg (soprano); bReinhard Hagen (bass); bVienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Bertrand de Billy; cElena Moşuc (soprano); cIasi ‘Moldava’ Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania/Camil Marinescu; dLondon Mozart Players/James Galway (flute); eJohan Botha (tenor); eVienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Paolo Carignani; fnVesselina Kasarova (mezzo); fMunich Radio Orchestra/Frédéric Chaslin; gEvgeny Kissin (piano); hRamón Vargas (tenor); hAnnegher Stumphius (soprano); hJames Anderson (tenor); hMunich Radio Orchestra/Edoardo Müller; iMelanie Diener (soprano); iZurich Tonhalle Orchestra/David Zinman; jWaltraud Meier (soprano); jBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Lorin Maazel; kMirijam Contzen (violin); kValéry Rogatchev (piano); lDiana Damrau (soprano); lFlorian Henschel (piano); mLos Otros; nVoices from Bulgaria; oNikolaj Znaider (violin); oDaniel Gortler (piano). Original issue dates 1997-2003. DDD BMG CLASSICS 82876 536602 [75’40] [CC]

Careful programming saves this disc from becoming too much of a patchwork quilt, and there is much to enjoy. … how often it is going to come down off the shelf. … see Full Review

Tilia Petr VYROUBAL (b 1975) Nepi, Jano arr VYROUBAL Smrtí tanec arr VYROUBAL Na kopečku stojí borovička arr VYROUBAL Koulelo se koulelo arr VYROUBAL Valachica, Osud lidský, Lidové motivy, U Třebone na tom mostě , U našeho Bárty , Velebný pane, Počkej má milá, Pĕknĕ se zelená, Píseň Tobiášova Jaroslav KRČEK (b 1939) Tři tance ve starém slohu Otmar MÁCHA (b 1922) Zpěvy Horňácka Tilia (Marta Dunová, mezzo-soprano) Jitka Kubková and Simona Ševčíková, violins; Radka Heřmanská, viola; Markéta Krausová, cello; Lada Zradičková, flute and recorder; Jaroslava Tajanovská, oboe and recorder; Miroslav Baloun, percussion; Petr Vyroubal, conductor and double bass. Recorded at the Domovina Studios, Prague, October 2002 ARCO DIVA UP 0058-2 231 [52.55] [JW]

Excellently produced and recorded … a really enjoyable and imaginative disc … you’ll have a lot of fun with Tilia. … see Full Review

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: 20th Century Music, Volume 1 Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955) Symphony No. 5 (1951) Ernest Ansermet (conductor) - Rec 2 December 1951, Musikverein, Vienna Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) The Rite of Spring (1913) Igor Markevitch (conductor) - Rec 26 April 1952, Musikverein, Vienna Leos JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Sinfonietta (1926) Rafael Kubelik (conductor) - Rec 3 March 1955, Musikverein, Vienna Anton WEBERN (1883-1945) Passacaglia, Opus 1 (1908); Six Pieces, Opus 6 (1909) - Zubin Mehta (conductor) - Rec 3 December 1983, Musikverein, Vienna Alban BERG (1885-1935) Der Wein (1951) Dorothy Dorow (soprano) - Karl Böhm (conductor) - Rec 1 June 1969, Musikverein, Vienna Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951) Pelleas und Melisande, Opus 5 (1903) Karl Böhm (conductor) - Rec 1 June 1969, Musikverein, Vienna Franz SCHMIDT (1874-1939) Symphony No. 2 (1912) Erich Leinsdorf (conductor) - Rec 29 October 1983, Musikverein, Vienna Egon WELLESZ (1885-1974) Prosperos Beschwörung, Opus 53 (1935) Bernard Haitink (conductor) - Rec 24 February 1985, Musikverein, Vienna ANDANTE AND4080 [3CDs: 79.37+75.27+79.37] [TB]

A compilation never less than interesting; sometimes a good deal more than that. … see Full Review


BRITISH SOLO SONG: a guide for for singers, teachers, librarians and the music trade of songs currently available. By Michael Pilkington Thames/Elkin Publications, 2003: xii, 308pp, inc. three indices. ISBN 0 905210 78 6 Ł19.99 paperback

Previous editions of this valuable book are now completely superseded. This is an indispensable purchase for lovers of the British solo art song....see Full Review


BRITTEN, Voice and Piano: Lectures on the Vocal Music of Benjamin Britten By Graham Johnson (Guildhall Research Studies 2) Ashgate/Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 2003: x, 270pp, plus two CDs. ISBN 0-7546-3872-3 Ł29.95 paperback

Much additional and unique interest pertains to the volume in the extent of Johnson's personal contribution to his text.... see Full Review

HENRY FOTHERGILL CHORLEY (1808-72) Victorian Journalist By Robert Bledsoe pp384 hardback 2 illustrations Ashgate, October 1998 ISBN 1-84014-257 [RW]

The book is a very interesting one to dip into to widen one's knowledge of the Victorian theatre scene. … see Full Review

Elgar’s Oratorios: the creation of an epic narrative By Charles Edward McGuire Ashgate 2002 339pp Ł45.00 ISBN 0754602710 [JW]

We have cause to admire the resolute, sometimes dogged, work McGuire has carried out. Succeeds best in analysis of compositional directions, balancing of text and source material … see Full Review

LETTERS AND DIARIES OF KATHLEEN FERRIER Edited by Christopher Fifield The Boydell Press, 2003:xii, 333pp, inc. Bibliography, Personalia, three indices. 16 Plates. ISBN 1-84383-012-4 Ł25 hardback

Anyone interested in Kathleen Ferrier's life and art and the milieu of the Second World War years and their aftermath by which they were embraced, will find this welcome book required reading. It is above all, and despite the final descent, a celebration of living...see Full Review

PARROTTICISMS: The Autobiography of Ian Parrott British Music Society – Monograph No.5 ISBN 1 870534 24 X [HC]

This is a fine tribute to a very distinguished composer whose music is all too rarely heard and that definitely deserves to be better known....see Full Review

Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician by Jeremy Dibble (Oxford 2002, 535 pp) £65
Charles Villiers Stanford by Paul Rodmell (Ashgate 2002, 495 pp) £57.50 [CH]

Vaughan Williams and the Symphony by Lionel Pike Toccata Press 352pp including indices (1. works; 2. technical; 3. general) Symphonic Studies No. 2 ISBN 0907689 54 X (case bound) ISBN 0907689 55 8 (paper)

An extremely well presented, intricately analytical dissection and commentary on the Vaughan Williams' nine ... see Full Review

Detailed listing (last two days)]
[Part 1 New]  [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R]  [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] 
[Part 7 Misc M-Z]

Revolving notes from clipart.com

MusicWeb - The International Web Site Founder: Len Mullenger [UK], Classical Editor: Rob Barnett [UK],  Regular Reviewers:   Steve Arloff [UK], Guy Aron [Australia], Tony Augarde [UK], Terry Barfoot [UK], Melinda Bargreen [USA], David J. Barker [Australia], Rob Barnett [UK], Nick Barnard [UK], Robert Beattie [UK], Dave Billinge [UK], Peter Bright [UK], Byzantion [UK], Colin Clarke [UK], Dominy Clements [Netherlands], Michael Cookson [UK], Hubert Culot [Belgium], Evan Dickerson [UK], Gavin Dixon [UK], Robert J. Farr [UK], Christopher Fifield [UK], Göran Forsling [Sweden], John France [UK], Patrick Gary [USA], Pierre Giroux [CAN], Paul C. Godfrey [UK], Michael Greenhalgh [UK], William Hedley [France], Gary Higginson [UK], Neil Horner [UK], Robert Hugill UK], David Jennings [UK], Bill Kenny [UK], William S Kreindler [USA], Ian Lace [UK], Em Marshall-Luck [UK], Oleg Ledeniov [USA]Rob Maynard [UK], David A McConnell [USA], Kirk McElhearn [France], Robert McKechnie [UK], Ralph Moore [RMo] [UK], Dan Morgan [UK], Margarida Mota-Bull [UK], Glyn Pursglove [UK], John Quinn [UK], Carla Rees [UK], Brian Reinhart [USA], Donald Satz [USA], Mark Sealey [USA], John Sheppard [UK], George Stacy, Kevin Sutton [USA], Bert Thompson [USA], Simon Thompson [UK], Zane Turner [Australia], Steve Vasta [UK], Johan van Veen [Netherlands], Raymond Walker [UK], Derek Warby [UK], Brian Wilson [UK], Jonathan Woolf [UK] Leslie Wright [USA]. A complete list of contributors can be seen here


Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

MusicWeb International thank Naxos for the no-strings use of their server to mount the website.

Return to Front page