Aureole etc.

Nimbus on-line

If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  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

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


Your clickable banner could be here: details - If you cannot see an advert click here.

Friday September 19th
131 reviews completed so far this month

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Arias - Alice Coote (mezzo) English Consort/Harry Bickett rec. 2012/13 HYPERION [RMo] Too many flaws and failings.

Robert KYR (b.1952) A Time for Life - Cappella Romana; Third Angle New Music/Alexander Lingas rec. 2009 CAPPELLA ROMANA [BR] An environmentalism oratorio, beautifully composed by Kyr, who also assembled the sometimes very preachy text.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 2 - Marlis Petersen (mezzo) Janina Baechle (soprano) Wiener Singakademie, Vienna CO/Gilbert Kaplan rec. 2013 AVIE [DD] A pointless reduction of a mighty work. This arrangement and recording are totally unnecessary.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Requiem - Genia Kühmeier (soprano) Bernarda Fink (alto) Mark Padmore (tenor) Gerald Finley (bass) Netherlands Radio Choir Royal Concertgebouw O/Mariss Jansons rec. 2011 RCO LIVE SACD [ST] Features pretty high in the rankings if you’re looking for a Mozart Requiem on modern instruments.

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Symphonies 1 & 4 - New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert rec. 2014 DACAPO SACD [DM] An overheated Fourth and a tepid First; not Gilbert at his best.

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873 – 1943) Monna Vanna Act I, Songs - Soile Isokoski (soprano) Moscow Conservatory Students Ch & SO/Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor, piano) rec. 2009/13 ONDINE [GF] Lovers of Rachmaninov’s music shouldn’t hesitate. Go and buy.

Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901) Songs & Romances - Ramon Vargas (tenor) Joanna Parisi (soprano) Charles Spencer (piano) rec. 2013 CAPRICCIO [GF] With the reservations I have expressed the disc should be a valuable addition to anyone’s collection.

Raymond Paige’s Classical Spice Shelf Stadium SO New York/Raymond Paige rec. 1958 EVEREST [JW] Great fun – but terrible playing time.


Forgotten Artists: Hélène Boschi by Christopher Howell

A survey of some recent Richard Strauss Opera Releases and Reissues by Brian Wilson

Download News 2014/10 by Brian Wilson, Geoffrey Molyneux & Kirk McElhearn

MWI Recommends - Mozart symphony 35 'Haffner' & Tchaikovsky symphony 5.


Two new Lyrita boxsets available - British piano concertos & British string concertos - 4 CDs £16 each post free

Jazz at the Bude Food Festival - see here for details

Worthing Symphony Orchestra 2014-15 program begins September 15 - see here for details

Armstrong Gibbs festival, September 19-21 - see here for details

A Holst celebration in Oxford: September 27 - see here for details

In order to persuade more of you to make a donation to MusicWeb International we are giving away CDs. click the Donate button top right for more details

Publishing schedule
Monday: Other reviews (nostalgia, books, other music) ~ Wednesday: MWI Recommends ~ Friday: Articles.
Latest Jazz reviews posted weekly
Live performance reviews posted daily at Seen and Heard

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

MusicWeb - The International Web Site Founder: Len Mullenger [UK], Classical Editor: Rob Barnett [UK],  Regular Reviewers: Steve Arloff [UK], Tony Augarde [UK], Terry Barfoot [UK], David Barker [Australia], Jake Barlow, Rob Barnett [UK], Nick Barnard [UK], Robert Beattie [UK], Dave Billinge [UK], Roger Blackburn [UK], Philip Borg-Wheeler [UK], Philip R. Buttall [UK], Byzantion [UK], Colin Clarke [UK], Dominy Clements [Netherlands], Michael Cookson [UK], Hubert Culot [Belgium], Evan Dickerson [UK], Gavin Dixon [UK], Robert Farr [UK], Christopher Fifield [UK], Göran Forsling [Sweden], John France [UK], Paul Corfield Godfrey [UK], Stephen Greenbank [UK], Michael Greenhalgh [UK], William Hedley [France], Gary Higginson [UK], Christopher Howell [Italy], Robert Hugill [UK], David Jennings [UK], William Kreindler [USA], Ian Lace [UK], Albert Lam [USA], Oleg Ledeniov [USA], David McConnell [USA], Em Marshall-Luck [UK], Rob Maynard [UK], Kirk McElhearn [France], Ralph Moore [UK], Dan Morgan [UK], Andrew Morris [UK], Margarida Mota-Bull [UK], Hannah Parry-Ridout [UK] , Glyn Pursglove [UK], John Quinn [UK], Carla Rees [UK], Brian Reinhart [USA], Mark Sealey [USA], John Sheppard [UK], Kevin Sutton [USA], Christopher Thomas [UK], Simon Thompson [UK], Zane Turner [Australia], Stephen Vasta [USA], Johan van Veen [Netherlands], Raymond Walker [UK], John Whitemore [UK], Brian Wilson [UK], Jonathan Woolf [UK] Leslie Wright [USA] James Zychowicz [USA]. A complete list of contributors can be seen here

ArkivMusic has more than 10,000 titles in its ArkivCD reissue program. These are recordings that have previously been out of print or otherwise unavailable.
Experience Classicsonline

Founder: Len Mullenger 1995

MusicWeb International is a registered Trade Mark 2265784; MCPS/PRS Online Exploitation Licence LE000498.

Discs for review may be sent to:
Len Mullenger
MusicWeb International, 95 Arnold Avenue, Coventry, CV3 5ND, UK.
Ph. 07913 999009 (M)

MusicWeb Visitor Loyalty
In 12 months
96,000 visitors visited MusicWeb more than 200 times
in addition another
56,000 visited more than 100 times
63,000 more than 50 times (approx once a week)
67,000 more than 25 times
59,000 more than 15 times
60,000 more than 10 times (approx once a month)

Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Cameo Classics
Northern Flowers
Toccata Classics

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing