One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,928 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             


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

All HDTT reviews

Salon Treasures from the Max Jaffa Library



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
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
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


Crotchet   AmazonUK


The Golden Age of Light Music - Globetrotting
Trevor DUNCAN (Leonard Treblico) (b. 1924)
1. Broad Horizon [2:29]
Lou LOUGIST 2. Lovers in Paris [2:45]
Fred HARTLEY (1905-1980)
3. Alpine Festival [3:02]
Cédric DUMONT (1916-2007)
4. Swiss Boy [2:42]
William HILL-BOWEN (1918-1964) (arranger)
5. Music for the Nostalgic Traveller in Italy [9:02]
6. The Italian Theme [3:26]
7. Flamenco Love [2:18]
Gilbert VINTER (1909-1969)
8. Portuguese Party [2:35]
9. Majorca (Midinette) [3:13]
Albert KETÈLBEY (1875-1959)
10. In the Mystic Land of Egypt [5:13]
Peter YORKE (1902-1966)
11. Oriental Bazaar [2:34]
Richard HAYMAN (b. 1920)
12. Madagascar [2:39]
Ray MARTIN (1918-1988)
13. Tahiti Tango [2:13]
14. Indian Mail [3:19]
Victor HERBERT (1859-1924)
15. Chinese Serenade [3:15]
Jimmy McHUGH
16. Cuban Love Song [2:47]
PARTICHELA arranged by Morton GOULD (1913-1996)
17. Mexican Hat Dance [3:00]
Frank De VOL (1911-1999)
18. Street in Manhattan [2:41]
Robert WRIGHT and George FORREST (based on melodies by Grieg) 
19. Selection from “Song of Norway” [8:15]
Roger QUILTER (1877-1953)
20. Three English Dances [6:22]
Jack BEAVER (1900-1963)
21 Journey’s End [2:25]
see end of review for performer details
rec. various locations, 1935-56.
Experience Classicsonline

After all the many and various themes selected for previous issues in The Golden Age of Light Music series, this disc follows the tried and trusted theme of music linked to countries or parts of the world. Given the rich store of pieces with suitable titles, most making use of a variety of pastiche melodies and rhythms as well as piquant instrumental effects this was almost bound to be a success. So indeed it is. Some of the works will be familiar, including Gilbert Vinter’s “Portuguese Party” in a lively performance by the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and Morton Gould’s arrangement of the “Mexican Hat Dance”, but others will be much less familiar. Almost every item manages to establish its character quickly and effectively, and many have the kind of catchy or memorable melody which marks out a winner in light music of this type.
Only two tracks disappointed me. The essence of playing the music of Ketèlbey convincingly is to make the most of the opportunities for local character and colour. The performance here of “In the Mystic Land of Egypt” is pleasant and professional but tastefully avoids going over the top in its effects. As many of the various recordings of this composer’s music reissued by Naxos show, the opposite approach yields greater dividends. Much better to revel in all the special effects suggested by the composer – possibly even adding a few extra. - and in the frankly corny tunes,
The other disappointment was less of a surprise. I have no objection in principle to raiding other composer’s music to produce new works. Composers as varied as Stravinsky, Foss and Schoenberg have all shown this. “Song of Norway” however merely takes some of Grieg’s best works and coarsens them without adding anything of interest. I found this item all but unbearable, but fortunately it is followed by Quilter’s English Dances, all too rarely played but very welcome, especially in this context.
I have taken too long describing the two tracks that disappoint. All of the rest is to a greater or lesser extent worth hearing, and much of it much more than that if you have a taste for this kind of music. This is certainly one of the best in a valuable series, and will surely lead to second volume visiting the musical styles of a variety of countries with similar abandon.
John Sheppard

Performer details
Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Kurt Rehfeld (conductor) (1,8)
Ray Ventura and his Orchestra (2)
Fred Hartley and his Orchestra (3)
Cédric Dumont and his Orchestra (4)
The Melachrino Orchestra, George Melachrino (conductor) (5)
Arturo Chaite and his Orchestra (6)
Reg Owen and his Orchestra (7)
Joe Loss and his Orchestra (9)
New Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Robinson (conductor) (10)
Danish State Radio Orchestra, Robert Farnon (conductor) (11)
Richard Hayman and his Orchestra (12)
Jackie Brown and his Orchestra (13)
Orchestre Raymonde (14)
Rochester Pops, Morton Gould (conductor) (15)
Monty Kelly and his Orchestra (16)
Morton Gould and his Orchestra (17)
Frank de Vol and his Orchestra (18)
Palace Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Gideon Fagan (conductor) (19)
New Concert Orchestra, Rae Jenkins (conductor) (20)
New Century Orchestra, Sydney Torch (conductor) (21)


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

July 2022

John Luther Adams Houses of the Wind
John Luther Adams
Houses of the Wind

Horneman Alladin
Horneman Alladin

Stojowski piano concertos
Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Vaughan Williams on Brass

Yi Lin Jiang - Dualis I

June 2022

Beethoven Sonatas 29, 32

Orchestral Works

String Quartets Vol 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.