£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


BRAHMS Complete Edition
58CD £95.22


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

alternatively
CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download: Classicsonline


James COHN (b.1928)
Symphony No. 7 op. 45 (1967) [27:46]
Symphony No. 2 op. 13 (1949) [22:16]
Variations on ‘The Wayfaring Stranger’ op. 34 (1960) [11:28]
Waltz in D op. 29a (1957, orch. 1962) [4:01]
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania (7; Vars) Kirk Trevor (2; Waltz)
rec. Studios 1-2 Slovak Radio, Bratislava, Slovakia, 28 September – 3 October 2001. DDD
NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559376 [65:53]
Experience Classicsonline


The Seventh Symphony by Newark-born James Cohn – and for that matter the Second - is in four movements. The first of these is busily insistent and has about it a touch or two of Hindemith and Prokofiev as does the piping hot finale which suggests the influence of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. The Allegro cantabile is an exercise in pastoral calm – a rustic cross between his teacher Roy Harris and Copland and RVW. The salty Piston-like grotesquerie of the third movement is amusingly disquieting.

The Second Symphony is a later student work written while he was studying with Bernard Wagenaar as a Juilliard graduation piece. The piece won a Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians Prize. Its first movement charms with grace but enlivens with a hard-jawed urgency. Bartók’s concerto returns in echo in the second movement and also in the busy originality and carhorn blurt, blare and military brashness of the finale. Serial procedures inhabit the third movement but as ever this is accomplished with great textural transparency.

The Variations on ‘The Wayfaring Stranger’ deftly explores the country pastoral and is initiated by a long-winding cor anglais solo. The piece is cut from the same misty serenity as Vaughan Williams’ Dives and Lazarus and Moeran’s rhapsodies yet with a distinct Percy Grainger lilt.  The Variation were premiered by Paul Paray with the Detroit Symphony who had also introduced Cohn’s Symphony No. 3 to the public.

The little Waltz in D sidles and nudges its way into the memory. It merits a place next to the eruptive Grand Era dances in Barber’s Souvenirs and just ever so slightly recalling Ravel’s La Valse – just with less impressionistic miasma.

The recording is as clear as a bell and the orchestra puts the music across well allowing for a suggestion of shrillness in the violins. The woodwind own a direct presence and appear to lean in towards the listener.

One is certainly left intrigued to hear the remaining six symphonies. In addition there are three string quartets and five piano sonatas. Among much else there is also an opera, The Fall of the City premičred in Athens, Ohio, after winning the Ohio University Opera Award.

Rob Barnett

Previous Cohn reviews on MusicWeb International



 


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.