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


Reger Violin Sonatas
Renate Eggebrecht violin

Brahms Symphony 3
Dvorak Symphony 8
9 cello sonatas
Piano Music

Clara Schumann
piano concerto

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

Vraiment magnifique!

Quite splendid

Winning performances

Mahler Symphony 8
a magnificent disc

a huge talent

A wonderful disc

Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21
A handsome tribute!

Roth’s finest Mahler yet

Mahler 9 Blomstedt
Distinguished performance



We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews

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: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Ignacio CERVANTES (1847-1905)
38 danzas cubanas (complete list at end of review) [66:04]
Álvaro Cendoya (piano)
rec. 10-12 August 2010, Estudio l’Auditorum, Anacrusi s.l. Jafre, Girona, Spain
NAXOS 8.572456 [66:04]

Experience Classicsonline

Ignacio Cervantes was a sort of Cuban Scott Joplin, a twilight-of-the-1800s composer of enormous swathes of tuneful piano dances. His music bears, on a light tropical breeze, the sounds of Cuban folk styles, Caribbean dance rhythms, and African rhythmic gymnastics. If you like the piano music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk or Ernesto Nazareth, you’ll love hearing this.
It seems churlish to give this pleasure of an album a short review, but there’s very little to say: these are Cuban dances from the late 1800s which sometimes sparkle with merry wit, sometimes play for soft tears, sometimes strike up a loud raucous dance, and sometimes feel like an afternoon sipping cocktails on the beach. Don’t expect depth or heavy emotion or compositional wonders; there are a few touching moments (“Fusión de almas,” or “Union of souls,” for instance) but this is mostly a breeze. Cervantes’ titles often give the game away: “La carcajada” translates to, simply, “laughter,” one tune adopts the title “Cold Showers,” and the naughty “Picotazos” means “Lovebites”! There’s even a dance here called “¡Pst!” We have evocations of petticoats rustling, a church at prayer, a jealous lover, and somebody getting punched in the face. “Soledad” (track 19) was written when Cervantes was 9.
It’s all a lot of merry fun, and Álvaro Cendoya is a marvelous caretaker for the (very rare) music, with a cheerful disposition and the ability to bring out all the diversity and complexity of the Afro-Caribbean rhythms. This may be an album of trifles, but it’s a lovely one at that, and comes with a quality booklet note, excellent clear sound, computer database info which supplies multiple translations for some tracks, and one of my very favorite Naxos cover designs (by the usually abstract Paolo Zeccara). It’s not exactly Chopin, then, or even Moszkowski, but a good time will be had by all.
Brian Reinhart

Thirty-Eight Cuban Dances: complete listing
Los tres golpes [1:16]; Cortesana [2:54]; El velorio [1:41], La encantadora [1:31], Adiós a Cuba [2:02], Vuelta al hogar [1:07], Cri-Crí [1:25], Ilusiones perdidas [2:12], La carcajada [1:42], Homenaje [1:44], La glorieta [1:48], Almendares [1:31], Improvisada [1:21], No bailes más [1:27], Decisión [1:37], Mensaje [1:55], Picotazos [1:20], Un recuerdo [1:40], Soledad [1:53], Amistad [1:33], Invitación [2:38], Interrumpida [0:41], La celosa [0:59], Amén [2:02], ¡Pst! [1:40], Siempre sí [1:15], Tiene que ser [1:27], No llores más [2:18], Duchas frías [1:39], No me toques [1:17], Zigs-Zags [1:32], Gran señora [2:00], Intima [1:52], Lejos de ti [2:17], Se fue y no vuelve más [1:47], Fusión de almas [3:53], Te quiero tanto [2:24], ¿Por qué, eh? [1:00]


































































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.