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


Support us financially by purchasing this from

David POPPER (1843–1913)
Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68 (1894) [7:43]
Josef SUK (1874–1935)
Ballade Op. 3, No. 1 (1890) [5:45]
Serenade Op. 3, No. 2 (1898) [4:36]
Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890–1959)
Variations on a Slovakian Theme (1959) [9:23]
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845–1924)
Sicilienne Op. 78 [3:28]
Papillon Op. 77 [3:10]
Edward ELGAR (1857–1934)
Salut d'amour Op. 12 (1888) [2:39]
Reiner GINZEL (b. 1952)
Die Libelle [3:14]
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
7 Variations on a theme by W. A. Mozart "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" WoO 46 (1801) [9:17]
Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38 (1865) [26:51]
Reiner Ginzel (cello)
Annette Weisbrod (piano)
rec. 2009, Great Hall of Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich
TYXART TXA17088 [76:05]

Cellist Reiner Ginzel studied with Karl Grosch, himself a student of the great Julius Klengel, and has performed as a member of the German String Trio for a number of years, recording widely. A versatile musician he has played solos with most leading German orchestras and toured internationally. Together with Annette Weisbrod, Swiss-born and a student of Adrian Aeschbacher, Walter Frey, Gza Anda and Paul Baumgartner, he has constructed a programme that includes Brahms’ Sonata in E minor as its centrepiece, albeit that centrepiece is programmed last.

There are pairings at work in the recital – the lineage of Beethoven and Brahms, the Czech duo of Suk and Martinů, and with Popper and Ginzel cellist composers. Fauré and Elgar creep in as representatives of ‘late tone painting in Western Europe’. Other than that professed programming conceit, this disc will have to sink or swim on its own merits.

Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, one of his most popular pieces, is a typical bipartite affair during the second part of which Ginzel plainly relishes the challenges posed by the athletic passagework and Weisbrod attends well to the cimbalom impressions. They take Suk’s early Ballade, Op.3/1 very seriously, passionately attending to its yearning intensity, at the expense of some security when the cello is pushed high. I prefer Michael Kaňka and Jaromír Klepáč on Panton (71 0370-2) who measure their approach rather better. Still its companion, the Serenade, is played with droll spirit. Martinů’s now repertory piece, the Variations on a Slovak Theme, is played with committed artistry. Fauré’s Sicilienne is thoughtfully played whilst the other side of the Frenchman’s coin, Papillon, sounds a touch inflated by the recording.

Elgar’s Salut d’amour is spick and span to a fault but the cellist’s own Die Liebelle is fortunately more nourishing – this is the Dragonfly, as opposed to Fauré’s Butterfly, as it skims the water’s surface with capricious direction. A delightful character study, in fact, in the best traditions of such things.

In this performance Beethoven’s Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen are at their best in sprightly mood whilst the Brahms sonata, well-paced, straightforward and devoid of egoistic devices makes for a solid end to a programme that wears an odd look, despite the stated rationale.

Jonathan Woolf



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