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


paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

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

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Clarissa Bevilacqua plays
Augusta Read Thomas

all Nimbus reviews

Brahms Dvorak
Brahms 2 Dvorak 7
all tudor reviews



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
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom


Crotchet  AmazonUK   AmazonUS


Jon LORD (b. 1941)
Boom of the Tingling Strings - for Piano and Orchestra (Adagio Assai [8:52]; l'Istesso Tempo [6:22]; Adagio [7:25]; Allegro Giusto [13:55]) (2002) [36:36]
Disguises – Suite for Strings (M.A.S.Q.U.E. Poco Adagio - Allegro Moderato E Poco Pesante [14:22]; Music for Miriam. Adagio [10:17]; Il Buffone (G.C.). Allegro Vivace [10:52]) (2003) [35:38]
Nelson Goerner (piano)
Odense Symfoniorkester/Paul Mann
rec. 11-15 December 2006, Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense, Denmark. DDD
EMI CLASSICS 3905282 [72:14]
Experience Classicsonline

The composer Jon Lord rose to fame in the 1970s as a member of Deep Purple and since then has been in a variety of rock bands. None of this has limited his compositional impulses. For the past forty years he has been diligently creating symphonic works and finding ways to get them recorded. As a result, he has operated a successful symphonic career in parallel with his rock and blues artistry.  Happily, like Frank Zappa before him, Lord’s myriad musical interests have blended to make interesting and innovative music.
Now, released for the first time, here are two of his more recent symphonic pieces. They are both in some measure, autobiographical with the first piece also being derived partially from the D.H. Lawrence poem “Piano” and the other drawing inspiration from personalities of people Lord knows personally.
The four movements of “Boom of the Tingling Strings” play without pause or interruption and display the ample talents of Nelson Goerner on piano. In places the music is reminiscent of Gershwin’s Concerto in F, Mendelssohnn’s Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”), and various John Williams or Danny Elfman film scores. The opening is intense, theatrical and dark. The theme is introduced on vibraphone and low strings. This moves through harp and various of the woodwind sections while the timpani provide a sombre rumble. It could easily be the intro to the next Batman film with that intense, dark feel. Once the mood relaxes the piano comes to the fore. First it offers a point of relaxation and de-intensification to serve as remission from the first seven minutes.
The piano writing is exquisite, and is clearly intended for virtuoso performers; Lord did make it clear that he did not write this for himself to play. Rather he wanted to write something truly virtuosic. Though he is certainly not an unaccomplished pianist, Lord wanted to be unfettered by his own playing abilities. This approach is quite successful, especially in the fourth movement where the piano part is worthy of Chopin in alternating virtuosic fireworks with tender delicacy. It would not be surprising to find in fifty years time that this has become standard literature for piano accomplishment. Both the writing and the performance are masterful.
Disguises is wholly distinct in nature from Boom of the Tingling Strings, though drawn from largely the same harmonic library. It harks back to the work of John Corigliano rather than to the more distant past. A variety of styles are employed but a constant is the expression of intensity conveyed through the strings. One can easily hear the echoes of Corigliano’s film score to The Red Violin or his clarinet concerto - even though there is no clarinet in the score. The second movement, “Music for Miriam”, even features solo violin much of the time. The harmonies are often Impressionist or Romantic in nature but free tonality is applied. The liberal use of glissandi prevents the listener from placing the overall work in too early a time period. The final movement seems to add influence from Beethoven with its strongly stated themes and thick, lush harmonies employed through the strings. Again this is a very solid piece of music, although it is easily understood why the other work takes precedence over it.
This is definitely an album worth exploring. While not completely groundbreaking, it is infinitely listenable and enjoyable. The title piece may even be a masterwork.
Patrick Gary

see also review by Rob Barnett



Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

November 2022
Bach Orchestral Suites

del Cinque
Del Cinque Cello sonatas

Fujita Mozart
Mao Fujita Mozart

Stanczyk Acousmatic Music


October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus




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


      Composer surveys
      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

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


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

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



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Pat and present

Helpers invited!

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
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
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
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Return to Review Index

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.