One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here
Google seem to have closed down local search engines. You can use this FreeFind engine but it is not so comprehensive
You can go to Google itself and enter the search term followed by the search term.


International mailing

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

Some items
to consider

Piano Concertos 1 and 2
Surprise Best Seller and now

A Garland for John McCabe


DIETHELM Symphonies

The best Rite of Spring in Years

BACH Magnificat

Brian Symphs 8, 21, 26

Just enjoy it!

La Mer Ticciati




simply marvellous

Outstanding music

Elite treatment

some joyous Gershwin

Bartok String Quartets
uniquely sensitive

Cantatas for Soprano


Plain text for smartphones & printers

Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD


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

Support us financially by purchasing this disc from
Oistrakh Trio play Russian Piano Trios - The Russian Archives
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 In Memory of a Great Artist [39:16]
Mikhail GLINKA (1804-1857)
Trio Pathétique
in D Minor [15:35]
Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)
Piano Trio in C Minor (completed in 1939 by Maximilian Steinberg) [38:19]
Sergei TANAYEV (1856-1915)
Piano Trio in D, Op. 22 [38:47]
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Trio élégiaque
No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 9 [46:35]
Vissarion SHEBALIN (1902-1963)
Piano Trio in A, Op. 39 [18:03]
Oistrakh Trio (David Oistrakh (violin), Sviatoslav Knushevitsky (cello), Lev Oborin (piano))
rec. 1948-1957, Moscow?
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 9272 [3 CDs: 64:18 + 76:07 + 54:28]

As is their practice Brilliant Classics cull multiple ‘son of …’ volumes from their larger boxes as well as ringing the changes in many other ways. This triple derives from the 10-CD set (9101) of the Oistrakh Trio, which also included Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and two other trios as well as piano trios by Brahms, Chopin, Dvořák, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schubert, Smetana and Schumann.
The playing is typically elite, of invincible musicality, dynamic, imaginative and the very antithesis of autopilot. The sound is clean, cosies close-up to the ear, slightly claustrophobic but very pleasing, untiring and natural. It appears to be mono but is comparable with the sort of high quality signal one heard from BBC’s Radio 3 FM in the 1960s. Highlights abound, including the long-limbed balletic cantabile of the Moderato of Tchaikovsky’s A minor trio (in memory of Nikolai Rubinstein) and the sustained, gloomy, cloud-hung soulfulness and belligerence of the Rachmaninov. Strange to tell, the Tchaikovsky sounded so much better than it did when it formed part of Brilliant’s magnificent Tchaikovsky Edition (review) yet it seems to be the same tape. The Rachmaninov was written in memory of Tchaikovsky.
Sad that we have to make do with only one lyrical and heart-searching movement from Vissarion Shebalin’s romantic Trio in A. It was written as late as 1947. Other notables include the Beethoven-meets-Bellini classicism of the Glinka Trio and the Rimsky Trio. The latter was completed, as were several of Rimsky’s works, by his son-in-law, the composer Maximilian Steinberg for whom a cycle of his symphonies was started by Neeme Järvi for DG but sadly never completed (review). The writing is fluent and classical - nothing of the Russian nationalist about this; is that Rimsky or Steinberg, I wonder? The Taneyev Piano Trio is a big, symphonic-scale work, smoothly written, again in a Germanic classical style.
The notes are in English only by Ates Orga. I can see those who get this wanting to track down the 10-CD set. However, in this 3CD form, it will alternately delight and satisfy those who would rather have only the Russian piano trio works.
Rob Barnett