Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider


paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas
All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews



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


Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom


Not available in the USA

CD: Crotchet
Download: Classicsonline


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595 (1791) [31:31]
Piano Concerto No. 10 in E flat major for two pianos, K365 (1779) [24:01] ¹
Rondo in A minor K511 [9:41]
Artur Schnabel (piano)
Karl Ulrich Schnabel (piano) ¹
London Symphony Orchestra/John Barbirolli (K595)
London Symphony Orchestra/Adrian Boult (K365)
rec. EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, 1934 (K595), 1936 (K365), 1946 (K511)
NAXOS 8.111294 [65:13]
Experience Classicsonline

There is always a place even in a crowded historical market place for Schnabel’s Mozart performances, especially when they receive top quality transfers as here.

The Rondo is a post-War recording made in London in 1946. It’s a powerful example of sublimated expressive control, phrased with great purpose and refinement and leaving a considerable impression. It’s intelligently programmed as the solo centrepiece of an otherwise concerto disc.

K595 was recorded with Barbirolli and the LSO in May 1934. This was one of many concerto accompaniments that Barbirolli left in the early to mid thirties that so impressed the international virtuosi with whom he performed – Schnabel of course prominent among them. The list included Kreisler, Heifetz and Rubinstein. In truth his accompaniment here is not quite on the exalted level he furnished elsewhere. I’m probably one of the world’s indulgent admirers of the art of the portamento but even I began to baulk at the pervasive queasiness of the LSO string section’s mass use of it in the opening paragraphs of the work. I wish Willie Reed had not indulged it and that Barbirolli had not tolerated it so easily. A small point of performance style. Otherwise there is a fine balance between piano and orchestra even though the original recording was somewhat ‘cloudy’ and not ideal in that respect. Schnabel’s trills are occasionally rather uneven and he rushes, as he so often did, some of the passagework but this instability is not so disruptive and his direct and unmannered playing proves infinitely communicative and winning. The occasional orchestral untidiness in the slow movement is subservient to the soloist’s refined phrasing; the finale is spirited and engaging. Barbirolli recorded this concerto again when he went to New York with Casadesus but apart from the improved playing of the NYPSO over the LSO there’s less to recommend the later soloist over Schnabel.

The Concerto for two pianos sees Schnabel father and son together, this time with Adrian Boult taking time off from his BBC orchestra to direct the LSO. In the late 30s collectors had a choice between the Schnabels, the Iturbis and duo specialists Vronsky and Babin in this work.  The Iturbis’ performance tended to be written off as rather superficial which is not something I found when I came to review its reissue on Ivory Classics. The Vronsky-Babin set, which I’ve not heard, was labelled ‘suave’ which in the context was pretty damning. If you’d plumped for the Schnabels, then, or indeed now, you’d find a well co-ordinated, fluent and finely textured performance well directed by Boult. Perhaps at the helm of his BBC band things would have been orchestrally tighter – the LSO was just past its best by this period.

Jonathan Summers’s notes are, once more, an asset and with those fine transfers this is a safe bet purchase.

Jonathan Woolf 



Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos 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

Eloquence recordings
All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month


Cantatas and Organ Works

Complete Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Simone Dinnerstein piano





Chopin Bruce Liu

Ingeneri Volume 2

Mondonville - Titon et L'Aurore

Telemann - French Cantatas 1




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

Pat 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

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.