One of the most grown-up review sites around
One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here


International mailing

Up to 40% off

  Founder: Len Mullenger


Some items
to consider

Yes we are selling
Acte Prealable again!
£11 post-free

we also sell Skarbo

and Oboe Classics


with Eggebrecht we get all the excitement we can handle

Book 1 Book 2 Book3
Mota The Triptych: -Website

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

absolutely thrilling

immediacy and spontaneity

Schumann Lieder

24 Preludes
one of the finest piano discs

‘Box of Delights.’

J S Bach A New Angle
Organ fans form an orderly queue

a most welcome issue

I enjoyed it tremendously

the finest traditions of the house

music for theorbo
old and new

John Luther Adams
Become Desert
concealing a terrifying message

ground-breaking, winning release

screams quality

Surprise of the month

English Coronation, 1902-1953
magnificent achievement

Not available in the USA

Availability:   AmazonUK  

Andrés Segovia - 1950s American Recordings: Volume 2
Fernando SOR (1778–1839)
Deuxième Grande Sonate, Op. 25:
1. II: Allegro non troppo [5:28]
2. IV: Minuet [2:47]
3. Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9 [7:07]
Grande Sonate, Op. 22:
4. III: Minuet [3:14]
Six Divertimentos for the Spanish Guitar, Op. 2:
5. No. 3: Andantino [3:14]
Deux Thèmes et Douze Menuets Pour la Guitare, Op. 11:
6. No. 5 in D major [2:08]
Sonata (Grand Solo), Op. 14:
7. Introduction and Allegro [8:55]
Folies d’Espagne and Minuet, Op. 15a:
8. Minuet in E major [1:46]
9. Minuet in A major, Op. 11 No. 6 [2:30]
10. Study in A major, Op. 6 No. 12 [5:17]
11. Study in G major, Op. 29 No. 11 [1:52]
12. Study in B minor, Op. 35 No. 22 [2:40]
13. Study in A major, Op. 6 No. 6 [1:47]
Mauro GIULIANI (1781–1829)
Sonata, Op. 15:
14. I: Allegro spiritoso [5:38]
Manuel PONCE (1882–1948)
15. Andantino variato on a theme by Paganini [7:39]
Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 78, D894:
16. III: Menuetto [5:43]
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)
Songs without Words, Op. 19:
17. No. 6 (Venetian Gondola Song) [2:58]
Fryderyk CHOPIN (1810–1849)
18. Prelude in A major, Op. 28 No. 7 [0:59]
String Quartet No. 1 in E flat, Op. 12:
19. Canzonetta [4:35]
Andrés Segovia (guitar)
rec. New York 1952, 1954, 1955
NAXOS 8.111090 [76:18]

Practically every disc featuring Andrés Segovia is more or less self-recommending. Such was the standard of his playing, even towards the end of his very long career. Born in 1893 he gave his first public concert at the age of sixteen and continued to play for nearly 75 years. In these Decca recordings from the first half of the 1950s we hear a master who is around sixty but his technique and his vitality is that of a person half his age. The recordings are excellent and the digital restoration has produced a sound that is warm as well as analytical. It is mono of course but so immediate and so detailed is the sound picture – one can even be slightly annoyed about the inevitable noise from the strings against the fingerboard – that they could have been set down yesterday.
Intended purchasers, who are lucky enough to find a record store where this disc is in stock and where you are allowed to sample, should try the first two tracks, the second and fourth movements from Fernando Sor’s Second Grand Sonata. The Allegro non troppo is played with such tremendous drive that one is stunned. Without feeling in the least rushed Segovia is almost a minute faster than Adam Holzman on a highly recommendable Naxos disc (8.553340) and in the minuet he beats Holzman by another minute – and despite this everything remains completely controlled! The Mozart variations, on a theme from the first act of Die Zauberflöte: Könnte jeder braver Mann, is played with superb lightness and so is the rest. Not all the Sor pieces are musically on this level. The studies are fairly empty, but they are fine vehicles for a sixty year old wanting to display his technical brilliance.
The Giuliani sonata is a gem, the Schubert transcription ditto. The transcription was originally credited to Tarrega, but Segovia invariably made his own adjustments to whatever he played. He plays the Chopin prelude as beautifully as one can ever expect and the Mendelssohn Canzonetta is light and elegant, catching the airy atmosphere of the original string quartet.
Graham Wade’s notes are as always enormously informative and a good listening guide.
When the guru plays his followers should sit at his feet with ears wide open. Go get the disc and listen!
Göran Forsling

Naxos Historical review pages


We are currently offering in excess of 52,000 reviews

Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

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: 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
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


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.