Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android


Tudor 7188


Vaughan Williams Symphony 3 etc.


Lyrita New Recording


Lyrita Premiere Recordings

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

 

 

 



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL
Recordings Of The Year 2012

This is the tenth year that Musicweb International has asked its reviewing team to nominate their recordings of the year. Reviewers are not restricted to discs they had reviewed, but the choices must have been reviewed on MWI in the last 12 months (December 2011-November 2012).

136 selections have come in from 25 members of the team, the choices as always reflecting a great diversity of music and sources: the nominated recordings come from 63 different labels.

Of the nominations, eight received two nominations:
•  Stéphane Denève's Debussy collection on Chandos
•  the much-lauded Elgar Apostles with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder
•  cello and percussion concertos by Rautavaara on Ondine
•  Sir Simon Rattle's Bruckner 9 in its completed version oin EMI
•  Corelli's famous concerto set on Linn
•  the Symphonie Fantastique from Scotland with Robin Ticciati on Linn
•  Glazunov's Raymonda from La Scala on Arthaus
•  the completion of Moeran's second symphony on Dutton (see below)

For the fourth year running, Naxos secured most nominations - 12. This time, they were closely followed by Chandos with 10, and given the fewer reviewed recordings, Chandos is the Musicweb International Label of the Year.

Click on the cover image to read the full review.
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL CD OF THE YEAR

E.J. MOERAN Symphony 2 Overture for a Festival John IRELAND Sarnia Royal Scottish Ntl O/Martin Yates rec. 2011 DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7281

While new recordings of the standards have continued to be issued alongside recordings of music never previously recorded 2012 has for me been a year dominated by bargain boxes and reissues. The prices of boxed sets often represent fabulous value for money. Though we live in this turbulent and chaotic vanity fair of a market these are halcyon years for music lovers of all classical styles and preferences.

The rolling road that is the expiry of copyright continues to reintroduce old and new friends from labels with which they are unfamiliar such as the excellent Naxos, Alto, Pristine, Heritage and Brilliant Classics. Often these jostle for space with issues of the same recordings on their ‘home’ labels with access to first generation recorded originals.

The majors have largely continued their mission to present celebrity-accented material but Decca, EMI, Sony and Universal have also been splendidly active in the reissue field, particularly the former with the deluxe reissue of the Solti Ring cycle. Other labels continue to plough their own furrows: where heroism meets commerce. Labels of the eminence and allure of Hyperion, BIS, Ondine, CPO and Dacapo match up the most exalted production values, stimulating new talent and fresh repertoire. The likes of tirelessly magnificent Dutton, inspired and diligent Toccata (the glorious Percy Sherwood CD should not be missed; likewise their Peggy Glanville-Hicks opera Sappho) and the astonishingly valorous Campion, Stone’s dedication to English song (two volumes of their CW Orr songs command attention) add immeasurably to an affluently variegated landscape.

It seems at one level a pity to have to choose but after wrestling with the decision there must be a winner. It is Martin Yates’ and Dutton’s realisation of the Moeran Second Symphony. This was premiered at Em Marshall’s English Music Festival this year and ‘deuxièmed’ at Brighton last month. Moeran has long been at the centre of my musical affections; this alongside a measure of frustration since reading a Musical Times article in 1980 about the unfeasible bundle of rags and tatters of the score held in Australia. Inevitably speculative, but done with true Moeran style and love, this work calls out for your attention. Do not be distracted or discouraged by the purists. This is deeply enjoyable and loveable music here astoundingly realised with evident integrity, well performed and convincingly recorded. It stands shoulder to shoulder with a similarly imaginative orchestration of John Ireland’s Sarnia in a year (the fiftieth since his death in 1962) that has seen a small landslide of Ireland performances across the UK.

Classical Editor, Rob Barnett

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

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

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      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

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

Nostalgia

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

Comment
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

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
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
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
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
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
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.