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


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

FOGHORN Classics

Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10


Obtain 10% discount


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
Ph. 020 8418 0616


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Cameo Classics
Northern Flowers
Toccata Classics

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get
Alphabetical Listing

Misc M-Z

Click for alphabetical listings by composer:
[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[Recommended recordings]

Superbudget £5.99 or less Budget £6-7.99 Medium £8-10.99 Full price £11+


Music for Shakespeare's Theatre Rebecca Hickey (soprano); Gerald Price (tenor); Dorothy Linell (lute) rec. 2007 NAXOS  8.570708 [67.46][GH] 

The very first settings of such famous poetry in pleasing performances ... see Full Review

The Very Best of Anne-Sophie Mutter Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin & Two Violin Concertos Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) The Four Seasons – ‘Autumn’ Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-91) Violin Concerto 4 Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Méditation Pablo SARASATE (1844-1908) Zigeunerweisen rec. 1980-84 EMI CLASSICS 2076342 [52:47 + 50:11] [BW]

If the programme appeals, the performances and recording are recommendable ... see Full Review

Akiko Nakajima - Plaisir d’amour Akiko Nakajima (soprano), Niels Muus (piano) rec. 2007 DYNAMIC CDS556 [58:29][GF]

Constantly well considered … of interest to even well-stocked lovers of songs ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Anna Netrebko - Opera Arias Bonus: The Making of the Film: Anna Netrebko. The Woman – The Voice [14:44] Anna Netrebko (soprano) Wiener Philharmoniker/Gianandrea Noseda rec. 2003. DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 477 7566 [62:59 + 40:38]

One of the classics ... see Full Review

Nordic Autumn – Orchestral Songs Ture RANGSTRÖM (1884-1947) Den utvalda Leevi MADETOJA (1887-1947) Syksy Selim PALMGREN (1878-1951) En sällsam fågel Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Luonnotar Camilla Nylund (soprano) Munich Radio O/Ulf Schirmer rec. 2006 CPO 777 262-2 [56:57] [RB]

Distilled Nordic magic from Sweden and Finland ... see Full Review

Oboesession Camille saint-saëns (1835-1921) Sonata for oboe and piano Henri Dutilleux (b.1916) Oboe Sonata Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Oboe Sonata Marcel MIHALOVICI (1898-1985) Sonatina Makoto SHINOHARA (b. 1931) Obsession Pauline Oostenrijk (oboe) Ivo Janssen (piano) rec. 1995 CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72062 [57:39] [BW]

Good performances but will this disc have a very wide appeal? ... see Full Review

Susan Platts: Lieder by Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856), Clara SCHUMANN (1819–1896) and Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Susan Platts (mezzo); Rena Sharon (piano) rec. 2007 ATMA CLASSIQUE ACD22586 [63:59][GF]

Warmth and sensitivity … agreeable though not ousting established favourites ... see Full Review

Play this Passionate: Music for solo viol Sarah Cunningham (bass viol) rec. 1990 VIRGIN VERITAS 3858012 [69:03 + 71:58][GPu]

Thoroughly rewarding … illustrative of the bass viol’s beauty and expressiveness … see Full Review

Player Piano 6: Original Compositions in the Tradition of Nancarrow Bösendorfer Grand Piano with Ampico Player Piano Mechanism (1927); Fischer Grand Piano with Ampico Player Piano Mechanism (1925) rec. 2005 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG64514062 [65:47][DC]

A real showstopper ... see Full Review

Rosa Ponselle American Recordings 1939 and 1954 NAXOS 8.111142-44 [77:14 + 66:23 + 74:55] [GF]

The art of Rosa Ponselle is just as apparent but her voice has aged ... see Full Review

Scenic Grandeur – The Golden Age of Light Music Victor Young and his Orchestra rec. no dates given GUILD GLCD5145 [76:03][ST]

If you like this style of music then you’ll enjoy this disc ... see Full Review

Andrés Segovia 1950s American Recordings Vol. 5 Includes Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) Capriccio diabolico, Quintet for Guitar and String QuartetAlexandre TANSMAN (1897-1986) Cavatina Andrés Segovia (guitar) Quintetto Chigiano (quintet) rec. 1954-56 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111313 [76:30] [JW]

Another chamber of delights then for the Segovia lover ... see Full Review

Knut Skram - Concert Recordings arias Giuseppe VERDI , Richard WAGNER, Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART, Robert SCHUMANN Knut Skram (baritone) Inga Nielsen (soprano) SIMAX PSC 1804 [78:29] [GF]

A worthy tribute to an eminent singer ... see Full Review

Sweet Desire: Prothimia suavissime sive sonatarum selectissimarum Music by Johann Heinrich SCHMELZER (c.1620-1680), Antonio BERTALI  (1605-1669) and David POHLE (1624-1695) Chatham Baroque DORIAN DSL90706 [62:15][GPu]

An engaging selection, well played and well recorded … see Full Review

Time of the Templars Music for a Knight; Music of the Church; Music of the Mediterranean NAXOS 8.503192 [3 CDs: 65:34 + 75:25 + 67:24] [GH]

Performances that are excellent, vibrant and well chosen ... see Full Review

Traditions and Transformations Sounds of Silk Road Chicago Ernest BLOCH (1880-1959) Schelomo Byambasuren SHARAV (b.1952) Legend of Herlen Lou Harrison (1917-2003) Pipa Concerto Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Scythian Suite Yo-Yo Ma (cello, morin khuur) Wu Man (pipa), Chicago SO, Silk Road Ensemble/Miguel Harth-Bedova rec. 2007 CSO-RESOUND CSOR901801 [79:24] [GPu]

Intriguing; the Harrison and the Bloch are outstanding … see Full Review

Venetian Composers in Guatemala and Bolivia Music by Baldassare GALUPPI (1706-1785), Giacomo FACCO (1670-1757) and Antonio Gaetano PAMPANI (1705?-1775) Albalonga/Aníbal E. Cetrangolo rec. 2007 ARTS 477228 [76:00][GPu]

A fascinating collection. Much lovely music in excellent performances ... see Full Review

Rolando Villazon - Cielo e mar Milano Giuseppe Verdi SO & Ch/Daniele Callegari rec. 2007 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 7224 [56:41] [GF]

Rare repertoire, superb musicality … needs to be heard for its great singing ... see Full Review

Weaver of Fictions Genevieve Lacey (recorder etc) rec. 2006/7 ABC CLASSICS 476 6439 [69:44] [JW]

There are good things everywhere we turn ... see Full Review

Works for String Duo Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890 – 1959) Three Madrigals (1947) [15:29] Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Duo in B flat, K424 (1783) [20:14] Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921 – 1992) Otoño Porteño (arr. C E Langheim) (1962) [5:37] Invierno Porteño (1962) [6:42] Hagit Halaf (violin); Christoph Emmanuel Langheim (viola) rec.2006, . DDD ROMÉO RECORDS 7261 [48:02] [BBr]

Nothing profound, but played with irresistible enjoyment and style ... see Full Review

Laurel Zucker Romanza Andaluza for Flute and Guitar Laurel Zucker (flute); Mark Delpriora (guitar) CANTILENA 66023-2 [65:39]
Master Music
for Flute and Piano
w/Marc Shapiro (piano) CANTILENA 66030-2 [70:47]
Sonata da Camera
for Flute and Harp
w/Susan Jolles (harp) CANTILENA 66035-2 [58:22] [RB]

Gorgeous tone, tasteful phrasing and breath control, pleasingly judged playing ... see Full Review



The Treasures of Beethoven - by John Suchet Hardcover: 64 pages (260 x 298mm) 160 colour/mono images Hardback in slip-case Large format 31 x 27.8 x 4 cm Andre Deutsch ISBN-10: 0233002162 ISBN-13: 978-0233002163 £35.00 [RB]

Unique both at the price and generally. Will suit any real Beethoven enthusiast ... see Full Review

Scotland's Music by John Purser Mainstream Publishing ISBN-10: 1845961609 ISBN-13: 978-1845961602 Hardback - Large format: 28.8 x 23.2 x 3.4 cm 430 pages [RB]

Deals doughtily with a serious subject in a serious but engaging way ... see Full Review

Vaughan Williams on Music by David Manning ISBN13: 9780195182392 ISBN10: 0195182391 hardback, 456 pages OUP £19.99 [RB]

Surprises, shocks and delights from the doyen of British composers ... see Full Review


Click for alphabetical listings by composer:
[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[Recommended recordings]

T using traditional instruments, and practical application of his Zen Buddhist beliefs.

His detractors, the more radical of whom would have preferred the "nothing" option,


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

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.