52,943 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider

£11 post-free anywhere
(currently suspended)


100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas

Bruno Monteiro (violin)

Special Price and we are still delivering

Recordings of the Month


Feinberg Piano Sonatas

Schoenberg Violin Concerto

Early Keyboard

Nun Danket Alle Gott
Now Everyone Thanks God


Haydn Scottish Songs

Choral Music

Liszt Sonata

Renaissance Bohemia


Hahn Complete Songs

Piano Sonatas 6,7,8 Osborne



Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS

Jonathan HARVEY (b. 1939)
Works for Piano – Works for Flute and Piano
Nataraja (1983) [11:02]
Run Before Lightning (2004) [7:35]
Tombeau de Messiaen (1994) [08:41]
Vers (2000) [02:46]
ff (1995) [02:16]
Homage to Cage, à Chopin (und Ligeti ist auch dabei) (1998) [01:40]
Haiku (1997) [00:19]
Four Images After Yeats (1969) [23:30]
Florian Hoelscher (piano); Pirmin Grehl (flute)
rec. 10-11 September 2007 and 23-25 July 2008, MDR Studio, Augustenplatz, Leipzig, Germany. DDD
NEOS 10828 [58:11]

Experience Classicsonline
The disc opens with the explosive piccolo and piano beginning of Nataraja, a dramatic piece which refers to the four-armed Indian God (also known as Shiva). The piece uses flute and piccolo, with moments of calm interspersed with active dance figurations. The influences of both Indian culture and the bird-song writing of Messiaen are detectable, as well as Harvey’s interest in electronic music, which can be heard through some of the uses of extended techniques and textures. Run Before Lightning, Harvey’s most recent flute work, was composed in 2004 as a competition test-piece. The stormy opening creates a dark atmosphere, demonstrating Harvey’s imagination for orchestration. The centre of the piece is calmer and more reflective, but elements of the storm return before the end. Both these works demonstrate a real understanding of the instruments for which they are written. They are performed with vigour and excellence by these players. Primin Grahl’s flute playing is assured, expressive and controlled, with a dazzling technique and silky tone. I’d like to hear more from this young, talented player.

Tombeau de Messiaen is perhaps one of Harvey’s most well-known piano pieces, extending the instrument’s range of sound with an electronics part of modified piano sounds. The music strays further from the concept of a traditional piano piece as it develops and the eerie sound of the electronics is allowed to take over. This is an interesting work which shows with much success one of the possible approaches to writing for a live instrument and electronics.

Four short pieces follow. Vers is an expressive work which combines sumptuous harmonies with dramatic dance-like figurations to create a well-formed and fascinating miniature. ff is a loud and fast work which makes wide use of the overtone series. The work’s driving energy alternates between syncopated chords and accented, toccata-like bass sections. The Homage to Cage, à Chopin (und Ligeti ist auch dabei) is another short work which pays tribute to some of the leading composers of piano repertoire. Again possessing the feel of a toccata, Chopin’s music is played in the style of Cage on a prepared piano, combined with Harvey’s own compositional style. The nineteen second long Haiku is made up of seventeen notes, which are allowed to combine to form a chord, in a moment of elegance and poise.

The final work on the disc is Four Images after Yeats for solo piano. This is a four movement tour-de-force, composed in 1969. Various composers are quoted through the work, including Bach, Mozart, Scriabin and others. Harvey incorporates these sounds entirely into his own work, and the influence of his teacher, Milton Babbitt, is also subtly present. Although complex in terms of harmony and texture, the music is deeply expressive, and I find the style fascinating rather than distracting. One never has the sense here that the music is difficult for academic effect; at the heart lies a sort of romanticism, with an emotional message to be conveyed.

Florian Hoelscher gives Harvey’s music some wonderfully emotive communication, finding the poetic nature of the writing and bringing that to the listening audience. His playing is polished and well controlled, without losing a sense of naturalness or humanity, and one has the feeling that his excellent technique serves primarily to enable him to express the essence of the music.

This is a world-class performance of some magnificent repertoire from some very exciting players. Harvey’s music works on many different levels, from the intellectual to the emotional, and the music has clearly captured the imagination of these performers. Their enthusiasm is infectious, creating an unmissable disc.

Carla Rees


















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

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

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

Pat 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

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.