One of the most grown-up review sites around

2020
54,196 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                     Editor in Chief: John Quinn              

Some items
to consider

 

paid for
advertisements


Chopin Edition 17CDs
now available separately
£11 post-free anywhere


TROUBADISC

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas


Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10


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

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
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


 

Reviews from the last week
214 reviews completed so far this month
This month's reviews
Last month's reviews

NEW & RECENT ARTICLES

[New] The Symphonies of Anton Bruckner Revisited by John Quinn and Patrick Waller

[New] More Obscure Favorites by Andrew Hartman

[New] Recalling John Addison’s Trumpet Concerto by John France

Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana - A survey by Ralph Moore

Celebrating Geoffrey Bush's 100th Birthday by John France

Short Reviews & Second Thoughts: Spring 2020/3 by Brian Wilson

Piano Trio Discography: "T" Composers

Celebrating Peter Racine Fricker's 100th Birthday by John France

Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci - A survey by Ralph Moore

A MusicWeb Survey of Our Favorite Neglected Recordings edited by Mike Parr

NOTICES

New Jazz Reviews
Dario Savino ~ Mark Segger ~ Chris Barber ~ Ahmed Abdul-Malik ~ Jorge Nila

The English Music Festival goes virtual

An appeal from The Tallis Scholars

For 25 years MusicWeb International has never operated a PayWall. We can keep it free if you can be persuaded to make a donation. Click the Donate button top right for more details.

Publishing schedule
Monday: Other reviews (nostalgia, books, jazz, other music); Friday: Articles
Live performance reviews posted daily at Seen and Heard

Shopping on-line? Help us by doing it through the MusicWeb sales page...


Friday May 29th

Philip GLASS (b. 1937) The Fall of the House of Usher - Jonas Hacker (tenor) Madison Leonard (soprano) Inscape Chamber O/Joseph Li rec. 2017 ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC OMM0138 [49.19 + 33.29] [PCG] Interesting, but not without problems.

Piers HELLAWELL (b. 1956) Up By The Roots - Huw Watkins, William Howard (piano) Fidelio Trio, Ulster O/Paul Watkins (cello) rec. 2018/19 DELPHIAN DCD34223 [77.14] [GH] Some very fine music, though not everything is successful.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Le nozze di Figaro: Overture & aria, Serenata Notturna Joaquin TURINA (1882-1949) Canto a Sevilla - Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) Residentie O den Haag/Antal Doráti rec. 1951 ANTAL DORÁTI LIVE ADL278 [44:26] [BRa] A unique but short-measure encounter with Antal Doráti and Victoria de los Angeles.

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868)  Il barbiere di Siviglia - Dmitry Korchak (tenor) Leo Nucci (baritone) Nino Machaidze (mezzo) O & Ch Arena di Verona/Daniel Oren rec. 2017 BELAIR CLASSIQUES DVD BAC169 [162 mins] [CC] Worth seeing but it is not one I will return to with much regularity.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Piano Sonata No. 20, Impromptus - Irina Chukovskaya (piano) rec. 2018 DUX 1618 [68:28] [DD] Forceful renditions of ever-inspired music.

Ronald STEVENSON (1928–2015) Piano Music Vol. 3 - Christopher Guild (piano) rec. 2018 TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0403 [70:22] [SSi] A very pleasing disc.

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) L’Eleganza Capricciosa - Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pietŕ/Stefan Plewniak (violin) rec. 2017 ËVOE RECORDS EVOE007 [56:39] [CRo] Performances on a par with the best historically informed exponents of this repertoire.

Johann Wilhelm WILMS (1772-1847) Piano Quartets - Valentin Klavier Qt rec. 2018 CPO 555 247-2 [60:21] [SV] Beautiful quartets done full justice.

Sir John Barbirolli (conductor) The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection - Benny Goodman (clarinet) Robert Casadesus (piano) Nathan Milstein (violin) New York P-SO SONY 19075988382 [6 CDs: 414 mins] [JW] A finely produced and concentrated focus on Barbirolli’s New York shellac years.

Véronique Gens (soprano) Nuits - I Giardini rec. 2019 ALPHA CLASSICS 589 [61.41] [MC] A captivating prospect.

Thursday May 28th

Mikalojus ČIURLIONIS (1875-1911) The Sea, In the Forest, Kęstutis - Lithuanian Ntl SO/Modestas Pitrėnas rec. 2019 ONDINE ODE1344-2 [59:15] [JW] Valuable reconstructions in fine performances.

Violeta DINESCU (b. 1953) The Feathered Serpent - Ion Bogdan Stefanescu (flutes, sona, tiuga, prepared piano) rec. 2015 SARGASSO SCD28078 [66:34] [DC] Involving and intriguingly exotic sounds.

Dmitri KABALEVSKY (1904-1987) Complete Preludes - Michael Korstick (piano) rec. 2017/18 CPO 555 272-2 [76:21] [RCh] An exciting collection, brilliantly played.

Henri POUSSEUR (1929-2009) Works for flute - Roberto Fabbriciani (flute) Alvise Vidolin (electronics) rec. 2014 MODE 318 [72.06] [GH] Fabbriciani is an extraordinarily devoted exponent and believer in these pieces.

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) King Arthur - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/René Jacobs rec. 2017 NAXOS NBD0109V Blu-ray [170 mins] [PCG] I can find almost no redeeming features whatsoever.

Roger QUILTER (1877-1953) Songs Vol. 2 - Nathan Vale (tenor), Adrian Farmer (piano) rec. 2017 NIMBUS NI5969 [77:34] [DRD] Top rate performances of crafted works by one of England’s finest twentieth century songwriters.

British Violin Sonatas Clare Howick (violin) Simon Callaghan (piano) rec. 2019 SOMM SOMMCD0610 [72:00] [MC] Artistry melded with unwavering focus and unfailing rapport.

Max Fiedler (conductor) German Radio Recordings Vol. 2 - Carl Steiner (violin), Adolf Steiner (cello), Alfred Hoehn (piano), O Reichsenders Berlin rec. 1936 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC582 [63:10 + 64:59] [PSt] Indispensable for anyone with any interest in the performing styles of the past.

Intermedi della Pellegrina: Firenze 1589 Coro Ricercare Ens, Compagnia Dramatoděa, Modo Antiquo/Federico Maria Sardelli rec. 2019 DYNAMIC CDS7856 [65:58] [CSe] The splendour of the Renaissance Florentine court with singing that is both wonderful and an embodiment of the wondrous.

Marina Rebeka (soprano) Elle - St Gallen SO/Michael Balke rec. 2019 PRIMA CLASSIC PRIMA004 [72:35] [BRa] A soprano album that is actually memorable and distinctive.

Wednesday May 27th

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Sonatas for Violin & Piano Vol. 2 - Ulf Wallin (violin) Roland Pöntinen (piano) rec. 2017 BIS BIS-2419 SACD [67:12] [DD] Very fine performances.

Giuseppe Clemente DALL’ABACO (1710-1805) Cello Sonatas - Elinor Frey, Mauro Valli (cello) Federica Bianchi (harpsichord) Giangiacomo Pinardi (archlute) rec. 2019 PASSACAILLE 1069 [62:25] [DC] Unknown but excellent music – Dall’Abaco has much more to offer than just the 11 Capricci.

Thomas FORTMANN (b. 1951) Gimme Twelve - Ettore Candela (organ) Grazyna Jursza (flute) Camerata Impuls/Malgorzata Kaniowska rec. 2015-19 MÉTIER MSV28598 [73:18] [JF] A composer who works in the traditions of the Second Viennese School and is not afraid to admit it.

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Cloud Messenger, Partsongs - Caitlin Goreing (alto) Ch King’s College, London, Strand Ens/Joseph Fort rec. 2019 DELPHIAN DCD34241 [58:06] [JQ] An enterprising and significant addition to the Holst discography

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les Contes d’Hoffmann - John Osborn (tenor) Nina Minasyan (soprano) Ch Dutch Ntl Opera, Rotterdam PO/Carlo Rizzi rec. 2018 C MAJOR 752808 DVD [2 discs: 165 mins] [BRa] Musically interesting but fussy staging muddies the Sagas of Hoffmann further.

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Valses nobles et sentimentales, Miroirs, Pavane pour une enfante défunte, Sonatine - Elile Naoumoff (piano) rec. 2017 MELISM MLSCD010 [74:00] [TB] A fine Ravel programme.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Violin Concertos - Ivan Pochekin (violin) Russian Ntl O/Valentin Uryupin rec. 2019 PROFIL PH19073 [70:50] [NB] Technically skilled but not especially insightful performances.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Rigoletto - Riccardo Stracciari (baritone) Mercedes Capsir (soprano) Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Lorenzo Molajoli rec. 1927/1930 PRISTINE CLASSICAL PACO169 [52:12 + 57:05] [PSt] One of the finest of all the pre-war complete sets of Italian opera in an exemplary transfer.

Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826) Der Freischütz - Michael Kraus (bass) Julia Kleiter (soprano) Ch & O La Scala/Myung-Whun Chung rec. 2017 NAXOS DVD 2.110597 [135 mins] [CC] Much to enjoy here.

Moura Lympany (piano) The Decca Legacy rec. 1941-52 ELOQUENCE 482 9404 [7 CDs: 467 mins] [JW] A very welcome boxset.

Tuesday May 26th

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Sonatas for viola da gamba - Hille Perl (viola da gamba) Michael Behringer (harpsichord) rec. 1998 HÄNSSLER CLASSIC HC19004 [37:49] [DC] A great recording, but a skimpy release.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin & Clarinet Sonatas (arr. cello) - Raphael Wallfisch (cello) John York (piano) rec. 2017/18 NIMBUS NI5974 [72:34] [DD] Slightly controversial but utterly convincing transcriptions.

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) More Preludes to Chopin - Kenneth Hamilton (piano) rec. 2018/19 PRIMA FACIE PFCD134 [67:10] [JF] An interesting conceit which demands our attention.

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Künstlerfestzug; Tasso; Dante Symphony - Weimar Staatskapelle Weimar/Kirill Karabits rec. 2018/19 AUDITE 97.760 [79:02] [JWe] A first recording makes this very tempting.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Zauberflöte - Christiane Karg (soprano) Mauro Peter (tenor) Vienna PO & State Opera Ch/Constantinos Carydis rec. 2018 C MAJOR 749804 [148 mins] [CC] Not really a success then.

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) Sonatas Vol. 2 - Federico Colli (piano) rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHAN20134 [62:42] [RHa] Yet more riveting Scarlatti from Colli – truly a disc in which to lose oneself.

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Complete Works for Pedal Piano or Organ - Daniel Beckmann (organ) rec. 2020 AEOLUS AE11201 SACD [71:51] [SG] A valuable survey of Schumann’s less known organ music.

Kerry TURNER (b. 1960) Works for Horn Vol. 1 - Kristina Mascher-Turner, Kerry Turner, Frank Lloyd (horn) Lauretta Bloomer (piano) rec. 2019 NAXOS 8.579050 [63:48] [NB] Of particular interest to horn specialists but worthy of wider appeal.

Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello) A European Tribute rec. 1978-85 DANACORD DACOCD871 [73:28 + 73:05] [JW] This is a series that continues to reward the listener.

Jeung-Beum Sohn (piano) Works by Beethoven, Ravel & Schubert rec. 2019 GENUIN GEN20688 [68:02] [TB] A major talent with a bright future.

Monday May 25th

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788) Symphony, Cello Concerto Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Keyboard Concerto - Elin Gabrielsson (violin), Johannes Rostamo (cello), Luca Guglielmi (harpsichord), Orfeus Barock Stockholm rec. 2018 ALBA ABCD448 [61:31] [JV] The cadenzas in the solo concertos prevent me from unequivocally recommending this disc.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 - Stewart Goodyear (piano), BBC Ntl O Wales/Andrew Constantine rec. 2018 ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100127 [3 CDs: 172:44] [DM]  Glorious, life-embracing performances, very well recorded; surely a high point of these sestercentennial celebrations.

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto No. 2, Handel Variations - Royal Northern Sinfonia/Lars Vogt (piano) rec. 2019 ONDINE ODE1346-2 [74:45] [RC] Fine performances of both works.

Francesco Maria CATTANEO (c. 1697-1758) Violin Concerti - L’arpa festante/Anton Sterck (violin) rec. 2019 ACCENT ACC24364 [73:23] [DC] ‘Violin egodocuments’ these may be, but they are very good ones indeed.

Franz CLEMENT (1780-1842) Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 - Mirijam Contzen (violin) WDR SO/Reinhard Goebel rec. 2018/19 SONY 19075929632 [71:22] [DJB] Essential listening for those wishing to appreciate the context of Beethoven’s great concerto.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Complete Works for Piano Four Hands - Jan Vermeulen & Veerle Peeters (fortepiano) rec. 2014-2019 ETCETERA KTC1511 [7 CDs: 525:59] [SSi] Up there with the best recordings of this wonderful music.

Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) Symphony No. 11 - BBC PO/John Storgårds rec. 2019 CHANDOS CHSA5278 SACD [66:45] [TB] A fine addition to the growing discography of this masterpiece.

Amor De Lonh The Distant Love of the Troubadours - Martin Best Consort rec. 1997 NIMBUS NI5544 [65.11] [GH] An enjoyable mix of gentle songs and lively dances.

Beethoven Suites Julien Martineau (mandolin) Vanessa Benelli Mosell (piano) rec. 2019 NAĎVE V7083 [58:18] [GPu] This anniversary tribute to Beethoven is somewhat eccentric, but decidedly enjoyable for lovers of the mandolin.

Cristina Bianchi (harp) Scarlatti and More rec. 2019 OEHMS OC1715 [68:42] [DD] An unusual programme, very well played and recorded.

Other reviews
Music in Their Time: The Memoirs and Letters of Dora and Hubert Foss by Stephen Lloyd, Diana Sparkes and Brian Sparkes (eds) publ. 2019 Boydell Press [JW] A fitting and laudable tribute.

 

 



Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

 

Recordings of the Month

October


Aho Symphony 5


Dowland - A Fancy


MÄNTYJÄRVI - Choral


Rachmaninov_ Babayan

September


Opera transcriptions & fantasias


TAKEMITSU MESSIAEN


Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets


Schubert Symphony 9

August


Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE


Enescu Ravel Britten


Debussy Images etc.


53 Studies on Chopin Études 1
Konstantin Scherbakov (piano)