£16 post free World-wide

 


555 sonatas 9Cds mp3 files
Only £22


 


Benjamin: Written on Skin £16

Search
What's New
Previous CDs
Concerts
Jazz
Nostalgia
Composers
Resources
Announce
Labels index


Every day we post 10 new Classical CD and DVD reviews. A free weekly summary is available by e-mail. MusicWeb is not a subscription site. To keep it free please purchase discs through our links.

  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    



CD REVIEW

Some items
to consider


Shostakovich 14 Petrenko


Rachmaninov #3
Prokofiev #2

 


Dunedin Consort

Peter Grimes

Hymn of Jesus: Sea Drift

Complete Mozart Edition
Mozart complete edition

Vaughan Williams Symphonies 5 & 8 £11

Weiner, Klepper, Bloch, Schulhoff £12 post free


Available again

Buy through MusicWeb
for £13.50 postage paid World-wide.

Musicweb Purchase button

 

 

Nicolai MYASKOVSKY (1881-1950)
String Quartet No.12 in G major Op.77 (1947) [29:37]
String Quartet No.13 in A minor Op.86 (1949) [24:21]
Taneyev Quartet
rec. St Petersburg Recording Studio, 1981 (No.13) and 1982 (No.12)
NORTHERN FLOWERS NF/PMA9954 [54:40]
Experience Classicsonline

What Svetlanov is to the Miaskovsky Symphonies the Taneyev is to the Quartets. Like that eminent conductor the St Petersburg quartet remains the only one to have enshrined the canon to disc. Admirers of the composer will perhaps remember the pleasantly colourful LP sleeves and will doubtless welcome the appearance of the set on Northern Flowers. Don’t overlook the booklet artwork. This one has a bucolic Beryl Cook-meets-Socialist Paradise feel. Plenty of big pink buttocks and healthy agricultural toil. Not sure what Nicolai Yakovlevich would have made of that.
 
The Twelfth Quartet was composed in 1947 and dedicated to his pupil Kabalevsky. It opens in rather desolate fashion – I part company with the sleeve notes which finds the work bathed entirely in “luminosity and conciliation” – though when verdant lyricism arrives it does so with plenitude. The lilting vocalised lyricism is wonderfully projected by the Taneyev, songful and unpretentious and extremely, need it be added, well crafted compositionally. The only demerit – too repetitious. The agile fantasy of the second movement has a brooding B section but dappled pizzicati restore equilibrium. Miaskovsky’s internal suggestiveness is epitomised by the utilisation of material from the opening movement in the scherzo’s fugato. There are strong hints of the folkloric in the finale – think of late Dvořák – and a confident, breezy tunefulness pervades all.
 
His last quartet was written in 1949 and was dedicated to the devoted Beethoven Quartet, who premiered it. Unlike the 1947 quartet this one doesn’t open with an introspective adagio section, but instead plunges headlong into the lyric melee. Miaskovsky was fond of “fantastico” as a scherzo designation and this one is vivacity itself, albeit one tinged with a contrastive Mussorgskian-hued central panel – bronzed and powerful. The refined melodic strength of the slow movement never elides into stolidity though its central section, as so often with the composer, mines even graver sentiments. The finale returns immediately to the brio of the earlier movements. High spirits are paramount.
 
If you missed the LP then add this and the other individual discs that chronicle the cycle to your shelves without undue delay. The Beethoven (Westminster) and Borodin (Melodiya) both recorded No.13. The Kopelman recording of it has just been released on Nimbus NI5827 coupled with Shostakovich’s First and Eighth Quartets. I hope the latter will go further in pursuing the cycle.
 
Jonathan Woolf

Myaskovsky review index page

 


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
CDAccord
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter
 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

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

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      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

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

Nostalgia

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

Comment
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

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
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
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
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
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
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.