Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


CD REVIEW

Some items
to consider


New App by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for iOS and Android!

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 



 


James COHN (b.1928)
Miniatures [16:08]
Variations on Muskrat Ramble [3:07]
Piano Sonata No. 2 [11:25]
Piano Sonata No. 5 [8:50]
Americana [5:15]
Waltz in D [4:26]
Strutting Butterflies [1:33]
Piano Concerto (2000) [14:27]
Mirian Conti (piano)
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania (concerto)
rec. 3-4 April 2008, Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, NY; Riga Recording Company, October 2001 (concerto). DDD
XLNT MUSIC CD18012 [69:02]

 

 

Experience Classicsonline


The piano is at the centre of this collection of works by James Cohn, a composer favoured by the XLNT label and latterly by Naxos. His music is accessible and tuneful although by no means bland. The symphonies have their dissonant aspects but this is overridden by an idiom that moves between stylistic poles defined by Bartók and by Vaughan Williams. 

The nine Miniatures were written for the Warsaw-born pianist Maryla Jonas who together with her husband is the dedicatee of Cohn’s Variations on The Wayfaring Stranger which is to be heard on the Naxos orchestral collection 8.559376. Miniatures they may be but they are substantial pieces rising to impressive tragic heights in Drag. There’s a bagpipe skirl and a highland lilt in Legend while Lullaby has a glass ballerina motion. The first and last pieces never move far away from a tangy hybrid of RVW, Grainger and Warlock in his most expressionist phase. 

The Variations picks up on the gawky nostalgia of Boogie in a pointed recollection of Kid Ory’s Muskrat Ramble. This piece entertainingly references Bach and Scott Joplin as does Strutting Butterflies. The Second Piano Sonata was also written for Maryla Jonas. It’s all crystalline chiming and icy-cakewalk display. While the Fifth Sonata once again casts admiring glances at Haydn while packaging the goods in boogie-woogie. Americana is a brisk essay in popular culture with the vaguest hint of a smile. The Waltz in D (1957) was initially written a brass instrument octet. Cohn knew this piece was a winner and arranged it for full orchestra (Naxos disc) and as here for solo piano. 

The Piano Concerto is a compact little work lasting barely 15 minutes. It is heard here in a recording issued on an XLNT Music collection of Cohn concertos. The Concerto is a flighty little entertainer which should appeal to anyone who has a taste for the Kabalevsky concertos and Shostakovich 2 yet with Cohn’s usual liberal sprinkle of sentimentality and light music delight. when he is in this mood he can be compared with John Carmichael and Grant Foster. 

Cohn with a lighter hand.

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
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 


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.