MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

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

Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

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

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing


Alphabetical Listing


Click for alphabetical listings by composer:
[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]

Superbudget £5.99 or less Budget £6-7.99 Medium £8-10.99 Full price £11+

John CAGE (1912-1992) Sculptures Musicales, Twenty-Six with Twenty-Nine, Twenty Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine, Eighty Prague Winds, Chance Operations Collective of Kalamzoo OGREOGRESS 634479962141 [121:00] [DC]

A significant contribution to our awareness of Cage ... see Full Review 

Ferdinando CARULLI (1770-1841) Gustavo CARULLI (1801-1876) Music for Guitar and Piano: 2 Franz Halász (guitar), Deborah Halász (piano) rec. 19-22 September, 2007, Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich NAXOS 8.570588 [75:33] [GPu]

Enjoyable music, well played, but it cries out for period instruments … see Full Review

Alfredo CASELLA (1883-1947) Sinfonia per orchestra, Italia WDR SO Köln/Alun Francis rec. 2006 CPO 777 265-2 [66:28] [RB]

A stirring epic symphony and the dazzle of a latter day Capriccio Italien ... see Full Review

Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895 - 1968) Music for Two Guitars - Vols 1 & 2 24 Preludes and Fugues for two guitars Brazil Guitar Duo rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570778-79 [66:48 + 54:16] [BBr]

If you’re into the guitar, then you’ll lap up every minute…see Full Review

Frits CELIS (b. 1929) Sonata for Cello and Piano; Sonata for Solo Cello Louis VIERNE (1870-1937) Sonata for Cello and Piano Jan Sciffer (cello); Hans Ryckelynck (piano) rec. 2008 PHAEDRA 92060 [68:50][HC]

A well-deserved birthday tribute to a most distinguished composer ... see Full Review

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849)/Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Six Chants polonais Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etudes Opp. 10 & 25 Luiza Borac (piano) rec. 2008 AVIE AV2161 [79:39] [CC]

Superb Chopin … only serves to underline Borac’s excellence ... see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900 - 1990) Billy the Kid suite see American Classics

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Dance Panels; Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson; Short Symphony Orchestra of St. Lukes/Dennis Russell Davies rec. 1992 NIMBUS NI2545 [66:47] [WK]

Sturdy if not always stellar Copland, with a fine Short Symphony ... see Full Review

John CORIGLIANO (b. 1938) Circus Maximus: Symphony No. 3; Gazebo Dances The University of Texas Wind Ensemble/Jerry Junkin rec. 2006 NAXOS 8.559601 [52:54][BM] 

An over-the-top piece receives its premiere recording ... see Full Review

François COUPERIN (1668-1733) Messe à l’Usage des Paroisses, Messe à l’Usage des Couvents Aude Heurtematte (organ) rec. 2004 ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT090403 [52:36 + 43:38] [J-PJ]

Immediacy, warmth and splendour of the Grand Siècle ... see Full Review

Christian DARNTON (1905-1981) Piano Concerto see FERGUSON

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) La Mer; Images pour orchestre Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/Emmanuel Krivine rec. 2009 TIMPANI 1C1165 [58:26][NB] 

A somewhat personalised take on Debussy ... see Full Review

Peter DICKINSON (b. 1934) Complete Solo Organ Works Jennifer Bate (organs of St John’s Duncan Terrace, St James’s Muswell Hill and St Dominic’s Priory) rec. 1982-2007 NAXOS 8.572169 [77:42][JW] 

A treasurable disc and full of variety ... see Full Review

Vincent D’INDY (1851-1931) Orchestral Works - Vol. 2 Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Rumon Gamba rec. 2008 CHANDOS CHAN10514 [72:52][WK]

Estimable recordings covering a range of D‘Indy’s music ... see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) L’Elisir d’amore Aldo Noni, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Tokyo & Osaka Broadcasting Ch, NHK SO/Alberto Erede rec. live, 1958 VAI 4492 [107:00]   [RJF]

Strictly for opera addicts interested in how it used to be done ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Symphony 7,The Golden Spinning Wheel Netherlands PO/Yakov Kreizberg rec. 2008 PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC5186082 [65:55] [DC]

Symphony - OK; Golden Spinning Wheel - excellent ... see Full Review

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Sinfonietta Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture Pierre Fournier (cello); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Rafael Kubelik rec. 1954-5 DECCA ELOQUENCE 4800955 [77:55][PPLL] 

Completely convincing ... see Full Review

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Symphonies 1 & 2, In the South, Serenade for strings Hallé O/Sir John Barbirolli, Bournemouth SO/Constantin Silvestri, Norman Del Mar rec. 1962-67 EMI CLASSICS 9689242 [73:16 + 69:31]  [RB]

Classic 1960s Elgar and not just for nostalgic fifty-pluses ... see Full Review 

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Cello Concerto (arr. viola) Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Viola Concerto David Aaron Carpenter (viola) Philharmonia O/Christoph Eschenbach rec. 2008 ONDINE ODE1153-2 [64:40] [JW]

A performance for lovers of extremes ... see Full Review 

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Variations on an Original Theme, In the South (Alassio), Serenade Philharmonia O/Sir Andrew Davis rec. live, 2007 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD168 [66:38] [WH]

Vital and individual readings from a safe pair of hands ... see Full Review

George ENESCU Violin Sonata No.2 in F minor Op.6 see Bacova

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2 Cristina Ortiz (piano); Fine Arts Quartet rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570938 [63:24][KS] 

Luxurious music-making at the highest level of subtlety and finesse ... see Full Review

Howard FERGUSON (1908-1999) Piano Concerto Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) Eclogue Frederick Austin (1872-1952) Piano Concertino Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971) Piano Concerto No. 1 Mark Bebbington (piano); City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Howard Williams, rec. 2008 SOMM SOMMCD241 [69:49]
Piano Concertos by Howard FERGUSON (1908-1999),
Roberto GERHARD (1896-1970), Alec ROWLEY (1892-1958) and Christian DARNTON (1905-1981) Peter Donohoe (piano and conductor); Northern Sinfonia rec. 2003 NAXOS 8.557290 [78:12][BW]

Choice of coupling will decide between the older Naxos and new Somm Ferguson ... see Full Review

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) Eclogue see FERGUSON

César FRANCK (1822-1890) Organ Era – Volume 13 Kalevi Kiviniemi (organ) rec. 2008 FUGA 9281 [77:00][DM]

Big, bold performances superbly recorded ... see Full Review

Gasparo (Kaspar) FRITZ (1716-1783) Flute Sonatas Op. II Claire Genewein (transverse flute); Maya Amrein (cello); Nicoleta Paraschivescu (harpsichord) rec. 2008 GUILD GMCD7330 [53:33][JV] 

Fritz's various musical ideas and melodic invention have resulted in a set of entertaining sonatas ... see Full Review

Niels W. GADE (1817-1890) Violin concerto see LANGGAARD

Harald GENZMER (1909-2007) Zum 100 Geburztag Music for orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, duo and piano rec. 1966-2006 THOROFON CTH2553 [10 CDs: circa 11:23:00] Harald GENZMER (1909-2007) Orchesterwerke III Deutsche Radio Philharmonie/Werner Andreas Albert rec. 2006-8 THOROFON CTH2556 [74:38][RB]

A rewarding German melodist of the 20th century ... see Full Review

Roberto GERHARD (1896-1970) Piano Concerto see FERGUSON

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) An American in Paris see American Classics

Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983) Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals; Variaciones concertantes; Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals London Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra/Gisele Ben-Dor rec. 1994-5 NAXOS DIGITAL 8.572249 [57:47] [BR]

Wonderfully played chamber variations, with a bonus ... see Full Review 

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Roméo et Juliette Bidú Sayão (soprano) Jussi Björling (tenor) Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Emil Cooper rec. 1934 & Act II: Beniamino Gigli (tenor) Mafalda Favero (soprano) Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Gabriele Santini rec. live 1934 IMMORTAL PERFORMANCES IPCD 1003-2 [74:06 + 79:30] [JW]

A notable afternoon at the Met is celebrated in fine style ... see Full Review 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Lincolnshire Posy Dallas Wind Symphony/Jerry Junkin rec. 2008 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-117 [73:43][BM] 

A beautiful, exceptional recording, full of joy … see Full Review

Mark GREY (b. 1967) Enemy Slayer Phoenix Symphony Chous & Orchestra/Michael Christie rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.559604 [68:43][BBr] 

Fails to satisfy ... see Full Review

Ricard Lamote de GRIGNON (1899- 1962) Tríptico de la piel de toro see BLANCAFORT

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) La Diva - Arias for Cuzzoni Simone Kermes (soprano) Lautten Compagney/Wolfgang Katschner rec. 2008 BERLIN CLASSICS 0016422BC [69:48] [JW]

Singing of powerful extremes and a convulsive approach ... see Full Review

George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Chaconne; Suites Nos. 2 & 8 Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonatas Hob XVII:6 & Hob XVI:52 Angela Hewitt (piano) rec. 2009 HYPERION CDA67736 [67:25][BW] 

Excellent – even harpsichord lovers will appreciate the Handel ... see Full Review

Barbara HARBACH Volume 4: Chamber Music II The Soul of Ra, Freeing the Caged Bird, Transformations, Echoes from Tomorrow Bratislava CO; Bratislava Woodwind Qnt; Ensemble Istropolis/Kirk Trevor MSR CLASSICS MS 1255 [69:41] [BBr]

This is essential listening ... see Full Review

Arthur HARTMANN (1881-1956) Miniatures for violin and piano and
Solomia Soroka (violin) Arthur Greene (piano) rec. May 2007, Hart Recital Hall, Lansing, Michigan TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0089 [71:58] [JW]

Warm, sympathetic and very well recorded ... see Full Review 

Karl Amadeus HARTMANN (1905-1963) String Quartets, Little Concerto for String Quartet and Percussion, Chamber Concerto for Clarinet, String Quartet and String Orchestra DoelenKwartet, Wilbert Grootenboer (percussion), Arjan Woudenberg (clarinet), Sinfonia Rotterdam/Conrad van Alphen rec. 2007/9 CYBELE KiG001 [3 CDs: 68:52 + 73:46 + 41:36]   [DC]

A superb reference, now and for the future ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets, Op. 17 London Haydn Qt rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67722 [74:32 + 73:35] [MG]

Superb performances which set the standard for Haydn interpretation … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732 - 1809) String Quartet in G, op.54/1 (1788) [19:09] String Quartet in C, op.54/2 (1788) [20:19] String Quartet in E, op.54/3 (1788) [23:40] Sacconi Quartet (Ben Hancox, Hannah Dawson (violins); Robin Ashwell (viola); Cara Berridge (cello)) rec. 21 - 22 July and 4 August 2008, The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, DDD SACCONI RECORDS no serial number [63:13] [BBr]

A most exciting issue…see Full Review 

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Sonatas see HANDEL

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) Keyboard Sonata No.36 see SCHUMANN

Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Symphony, Mathis der Maler; Konzertmusik; Der Schwanendreher Boston Symphony Orchestra/William Steinberg rec. 1971-9 DEUTSCHE GRAMOPHON ELOQUENCE 4800662 [69:49] [BBr]

This is a good an example of Hindemith’s music ... see Full Review 

Alun HODDINOTT (1929-2008) Four Welsh Dances, Overture, Jack Straw, Concerto Grosso No. 2, Investiture Dances, Welsh Dances, Set 2 William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Celtic Dances Daniel JONES (1912-1993) Dance Fantasy Royal Philharmonic Orchestra /Charles Groves, Philharmonia Orchestra /Charles Groves, National Youth Orchestra of Wales /Arthur Davison, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra /Bryden Thomson rec. 1972-75 ADD/DDD LYRITA SRCD.334 [64.31]  [JW]

Great spirit and sensitivity - a welcome restoration ... see Full Review 

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) The Hymn of Jesus, Choral Symphony, The Wandering Scholar, At the Boar's Head Felicity Palmer (soprano) Norma Burrowes (soprano) Robert Tear (tenor) Philip Langridge (tenor) London PO & Ch/Sir Charles Groves, Sir Adrian Boult, English CO/Steuart Bedford, Royal Liverpool PO/David Atherton rec. 1974-81 EMI CLASSICS 9689292 [72:28 + 75:46]

A brace each of blazing masterworks and modest eccentric operas ... see Full Review

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928) Sinfonietta see DVOŘÁK

Leoš JANÁČEK Violin Sonata see Bacova

Daniel JONES (1912-1993) Dance Fantasy see Hoddinott

John JOUBERT (b. 1927) CHORAL MUSIC O Praise God in his Holiness Op.52 (1967)a [1:49] Pro Pace Motets (1955/9) [21:29] How are my Foes Increased, Lord! Op.61 (1969)a [6:45] Sleep Canticle Op.81 (1974)b [9:45] Three Hymns to St Oswald Op.74 (1972)a [22:04] Nowell Op.58 (1968)a [3:23] Jean Knibbs (soprano)b; Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)b; Martin Neary (organ)a The Louis Halsey Singers/Louis Halsey rec. St Giles, Cripplegate, London, February 1979 BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS 102CDH [65:30] [NB]

Melodic flair, tonal beauty and formal control ... see Full Review 

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897-1957) Violin Concerto, Overture to a Drama, Much Ado About Nothing Suite Philippe Quint (violin) Mineria SO/Carlos Miguel Prieto rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570791 [53:40] [DM]

A delicious confection. Not to be missed ... see Full Review 

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962) Violin Miniatures and Transcriptions Carlos Damas (violin); Anna Tomasik (piano) rec. 2007 DUX 0696 [52:06][BR]  

A total charmer, however imperfect ... see Full Review

Édouard LALO (1823-1892) Violin Concerto, Fantaisie norvégienne, Symphonie espagnole Jean-Jacques Kantorow (violin) Granada City O/Kees Bakels rec. 2007 BIS BIS-CD-1680 [69:39] [OL]

Brisk, light and fresh ... see Full Review 

Peter Erasmus LANGE-MULLER (1850-1926) Violin concerto see LANGGAARD

Rued LANGGAARD (1893-1952) Violin concerto Peter Erasmus LANGE-MULLER (1850-1926) Violin concerto Niels W. GADE (1817-1890) Violin concerto Christina Åstrand (violin) Tampere PO/John Storgärds rec. 2008 DACAPO 6.220562 [61:27] [JW]

Åstrand has begun to don Laursen’s mantle ... see Full Review 

Graham LYNCH (b.1957) Undiscovered Islands Mark Tanner (piano); Gillian Poznansky (flute) rec. 2008 PRIORY PRCD 1024 [78:33] [JF]

Impressive, good and approachable music ... see Full Review

Click for alphabetical listings by composer:
[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]



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

Past 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

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.