One of the most grown-up review sites around
One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here


International mailing

Up to 40% off

  Founder: Len Mullenger

Some items
to consider

Brahms Symphony 4 Dvorak Symphony 9
Peter Aronsky (piano) Les Délices du Piano"
IL Carnevale di Venezia Clarinet with orchestra

Sinfonie Concertanti for two flutes and orchestra



A most rewarding CD
Renate Eggebrecht violin


World Premiere
Weinberg’s Concertino (cello)!


Irish-Appalachian Celebration


Nick Barnard review
Michael Cookson review

an inspirational performance

An indispensable acquisition

The finest we have had in years

bewitching sound

Simply amazing

A splendid addition

One of the most enjoyable

quite superb!

utterly essential

A wonderful introduction

An outstanding CD


One of the finest versions


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
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
Senior Editor
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

see end of review for listing
Ophélie Gaillard (cello)
Royal Philarmonic Orchestra/Tim Redmond
rec. no date given, Abbey Road Studios, London.
APARTE AP001 [55:01]

Experience Classicsonline

Ophélie Gaillard's calling-card album is just the ticket in terms of presentation. Gaillard plays a Goffriller loaned to her by CIC. As for the music it is a selection of toothsome miniatures as arranged by Craig Leon. He did a similar service for Joshua Bell not so long ago.
The music by temperament of the original and by arranger's art is warmly romantic. It is recorded strongly. Pride of place in the sound-stage is accorded to Gaillard but the orchestra is not neglected. The Song to the Moon catches the supernatural element in Dvořák and makes a link I should have made long before now with the Erben-based tone poems of his later years. The Grieg Solveig Song leaves you in no doubt that Gaillard is a fluent communicator of emotion - nothing cold or disengaged here. The Sonnambula and L'Elisir hits are smooth but leave little impression beyond a sweet glow. Leon makes prominent play with the harp and an example is in Mio Babbino Caro which is most lovingly shaped by Gaillard and her orchestral partners. The Satie pieces have each had the central heating turned on and the sentimentality setting advanced. This works better in the Gnossienne than in the Gymnopedie. The Fauré Pavane, on the other hand, is taken at an unsentimental, even impatient clip. I would, by contrast, have preferred a higher sanglote quotient. Things are more adroitly judged in Après un Rêve. The two Chopin pieces are nicely shaped, the Mazurka even making unexpected connections with Sibelius's incidental music. The Nocturne needs a little more reserve - held back rather than unleashed. Rachmaninov's Vocalise has been arranged every which way and is superbly done here. The dialogue with the violin is most touchingly done. We end with the passionately swelling and receding Tchaikovsky Valse sentimentale. This serves as a rubric for the whole collection.
Gaillard has already recorded the Bach suites, Britten suites and Sonata and Fauré pieces (all for Ambroisie) so this is no starter collection. It should please the seemingly inexhaustible market for sincerely shaped sentimental anthologies. Meantime how about next time including the world premiere recording of Florent Schmitt's superbly imaginative Cello Concerto which rejoices under the title Introit, Récit et Congé. Now that would make a most welcome entry into the CD lists. Is anyone listening, I wonder.
Rob Barnett

Track listing
Claude DEBUSSY La fille aux cheveux de lin (Prélude 8) [2:43]
Antonin DVOŘÁK Song to the moon (Rusalka) [5:39]
Edvard GRIEG Solveig’s Song (Peer Gynt) [3:46]
Vincenzo BELLINI Ah non credea mirarti (la Sonnambula) [4:11]
Gaetano DONIZETTI Una furtiva lagrima (L'Elisir d'Amore) [3:58]
Giacomo PUCCINI O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi) [3:41]
Erik SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1 [2:57]; Gnossienne No. 1 [3:55]
Gabriel FAURÉ Pavane op 50 [5:21]; Après un rêve [3:01]
Frederic CHOPIN Mazurka op.67 no.4 [3:19]; Nocturne op.9 no.2 [4:20]
Sergei RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise op.34 no.14 [5:27]
Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY Valse Sentimentale [2:24]






























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.