MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

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

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing


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+

Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey Music by Christopher TYE (c.1505-?1572), William MUNDY (c.1530-before 1591), Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-1585), John SHEPPARD (c.1515-1558), William BYRD (1539/40-1623) and Robert WHITE (c.1538-1574) The Choir of Westminster Abbey/James O’Donnell rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67704 [66:42][MG]

An illuminating CD of consistently fine performances… see Full Review

Josef Metternich – Rare and Unreleased Recordings Josef Metternich (baritone) with various accompanists rec. 1948-57 GEBHARDT JGCD0064 [3 CDs: 74:42 + 71:41 + 68:36][JW]

Admirers of Metternich have no excuse for passing this by ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH New Music for Brass Band by Richard Rodney BENNETT (b. 1935), Kenneth HESKETH (b. 1968), George BENJAMIN (b. 1960), Judith BINGHAM (b. 1952) and Philip WILBY (b. 1949) Foden’s Richardson Band/Bramwell Tovey rec. 2008 NMC D142 [72:54][CT] 

Contemporary works, magnificently played by Foden’s ... see Full Review

Pierre Monteux Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Russian Easter Festival Overture; Christmas Night from ‘Christmas Eve’; Capriccio Espagnol Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Polovtsian Dances – ‘Prince Igor’ Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Le Sacre du Printemps San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Boston Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux rec. 1943-57 GUILD GHCD2342 [77:14][JQ]

Monteux’s mastery in Russian music is at all times evident ... see Full Review

Nordic Spell – Sharon Bezaly Kalevi AHO (b. 1949) Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (2002)* [30:34] Haukur TÓMASSON (b. 1960) Flute Concerto No. 2 (2001)** [21:43] Christian LINDBERG (b. 1958) The World of Montuagretta - Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra (2001-02)† [20:48] Sharon Bezaly (flute) * Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä ** Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Bernharður Wilkinson †Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Christian Lindberg rec. 2003 DDD BIS-CD-1499 [74:27] [DM]

Rather intimate … not major, perhaps, but highly individual ... see Full Review

The Palais-Royal Music by Pierre GILLIER (1665-after 1713) PHILIPPE, II DUKE OF ORLÉANS (1674-1723) Michelle MASCITTI (1663/4-1760) and Nicolas BERNIER (1665-1734) ] Sara Macliver (soprano); Ensemble Battistin rec. 2006 ABC CLASSICS 4766499 [53:54][JW]

Typically adept performances ... see Full Review

Perlman Plays Klezmer In the Fiddler’s House; Live in the Fiddler’s House; DVD Documentary Itzak Perlman (violin); Various accompanists rec. 1995-6 EMI CLASSICS 2070942 [2 CDs: 72:16 + 76:29; 55:00][DC] 

A double feast of superbly played klezmer by some of the world’s best exponents ... see Full Review

Poème Héroïque: Works for Organ and Brass Quintet Eugène GIGOUT (1844-1925) Grand Chœur Dialogué [5:24] César FRANCK (1820-1890) Cantabile (1878) [5:44] Léon BOËLLMANN (1862-1897) Fantaisie Dialoguée [7:48] Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971) Poème Héroique, Op.33 (1935) [7 :29] Cortège et Litanie, Op.19/2 (1921) [5:38] Félix Alexandre GUILMANT (1837-1911) Symphonie nr.1, Op.42 (1874) [22:11] Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) Symphonie nr.3 « avec orgue » : Finale (1886) [7:47] Arrangements (except Dupré Poème) by Steven Verhaert (b. 1969) Jan Vermeire (Woehl organ, 1993); Ottone Brass Quintet rec. Sankt Petrikirche, Cuxhaven, Germany, 23-25 March 2007. DDD. TALENT RECORDS DOM 2910 108 [62:18] [BW]

An attractive and unusual programme for seasoned collectors of organ recordings ... see Full Review

Rosa Ponselle - American Recordings 1939 and 1954 Songs and Arias Rosa Ponselle (soprano); Various accompanists rec. 1939, 1954 NAXOS GREAT SINGERS 8.111142-44 [3 CDs: 77:14 + 66:23 + 74:55][ABo]

We must be grateful for the opportunity to hear this great soprano ... see Full Review

Marko Rothmüller Music by Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791), Richard WAGNER (1813-83), Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901), Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948), Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924), Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) and Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Marko Rothmüller (baritone); Various accompanists rec. 1943-50 PREISER 89705 [77:30][JW]

Fine transfers complement an intelligent selection ... see Full Review

Royal Mezzo Samuel BARBER (1910–1981) Andromache’s Farewell Hector BERLIOZ (1803–1869) La mort de Cléopâtre Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937) Shéherazade Benjamin BRITTEN (1913–1976) Phaedra Jennifer Larmore (mezzo) Grant Park O/Carlos Kalmar rec. 2006/7 CEDILLE RECORDS CDR90000 104 [67.15] [RH]

Will not disappoint even if they don’t quite inspire ... see Full Review

Sackbutt – Trombone in the 17th and 18th century Jörgen van Rijen (trombone); Combattimento Consort Amsterdam/Jan Willem de Vriend rec. 2007 CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA26708 [59:35][BBr] 

Very interesting and varied … much to enjoy here ... see Full Review

Andreas Scholl – Countertenor A Portrait by Uli Aumüller and Hanne Kaisik rec. 2002 ARTHAUS MUSIK 101445 [86:00][JW]

Somewhat diffident about recommendations ... see Full Revie

Andrés Segovia – 1950s American Recordings - Vol. 6 Andrés Segovia (guitar) rec. New York 1952-6 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111314 [79:19][GF]

A self-recommending issue ... see Full Review

Sounds of Australia – The National Registry of Recorded Sound Various composers and artists ABC CLASSICS 4766812 [62:43][JW]

Kaleidoscopic, cornucopic ... see Full Review

Stokowski Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Fanfare, L’Éventail de Jeanne César FRANCK (1822-1890) Symphony Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Alexander Nevsky Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski rec. 1970 MEDICI ARTS MM026-2 [77:58][RM]

Essential … not just for Stokowski admirers … required listening ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Tallis Scholars Sing Tudor Music: Volume 1 CD 1 John BROWNE (d.1505) Salve regina I [13:23] Stabat iuxta [12:25] Stabat mater [15:56] O regina mundi clara [13:55] O Maria salvatoris [15:39] William CORNYSH (d.1523) Gaude virgo mater Christi [5:30] CD 2 John TAVERNER (c.1490-1545) Western Wind Mass [32:23] William CORNYSH Salve regina [13:53] Ave Maria, mater Dei [3:13] Christopher TYE (c.1505-c.1573) Western Wind Mass [27:19] The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. Salle Church, Norfolk, 1988 (Cornysh), 1993 (Taverner, Tye), 2005 (Browne). DDD. Booklet with notes, texts and translations. GIMELL CDGIM209 [76:42 + 76:50]
BARGAIN OF THE MONTH The Tallis Scholars Sing Tudor Music: Volume 2 CD 1 John SHEPPARD (c.1515-1558)
Media vita [21:45] Christe redemptor omnium [4:46] Reges Tharsis [5:04] Sacris solemniis [7:32] In manus tuas I [3:28] In manus tuas II [2:56] In manus tuas III [2:54] Verbum caro [6:57] Western Wind Mass [20:33] CD 2 Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-1585) In ieiunio et fletu [4:44] O salutaris hostia [3:02] O nata lux [2:06] Robert WHITE (c.1538-1574) Magnificat [14:48] Portio mea [7:15] Regina cæli [3:57] Christe, qui lux es III [4:55] Christe, qui lux es IV [5:08] Exaudiat te Dominus [9:46] Lamentations (5vv.) [22:05] The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips rec. Salle Church, Norfolk, 1989 (Sheppard, except Mass), 1992 (Tallis), 1993 (Sheppard Mass), 1995 (White). DDD. Booklet with notes, texts and translations GIMELL CDGIM 210 [75:58 + 77:48] [BW]

Excellent performances and unbelievable value ... see Full Review

The Jazz Album London Sinfonietta/Sir Simon Rattle rec. 1986-7 CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 5218602 [73:35][GPu]

An enjoyable album of jazz-influenced music, London Sinfonietta on good form … see Full Review

The Organ in the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling John Kitchen (Rushworth & Dreaper organ) rec. 2007 DELPHIAN DCD34064 [78.32][BW] 

Very worthwhile, not just as a souvenir of the Stirling organ ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Un Frisson Français - A Century of French Song Susan Graham (mezzo) Malcolm Martineau (piano) rec. 2008, DDD French texts and English translations included ONYX 4030 [77:34] Trial it: Sale or Return [JQ]

This disc provides unalloyed pleasure and is not to be missed. ... see Full Review

Verdi & Verismo - Fabiana Bravo (soprano) Music by Giuseppe VERDI (1813 – 1901), Arrigo BOITO (1842 – 1918), Alfredo CATALANI (1854 – 1893), Francesco CILEA (1866 – 1950), Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924) and Umberto GIORDANO (1867 – 1948) Fabiana Bravo (soprano); The Concert Choir and Orchestra of the St. Petersburg National M.Mussorgsky Opera and Ballet Theatre/Charles Rosekrans rec. 2006 KLEOS KL5149 [72:32][GF]

A worthy calling card ... see Full Review

When Loves Soft Passion Music by Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759), Antonio LOTTI (c.1667-1740), Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725), Johann Christoph PEPUSCH (1667-1752), William CROFT (1678-1727) and Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Ensemble Musica Poetica rec. 2006  THOROFON CTH2543 [75:58][JW]

Oddities in recording and performance problems too substantial to pass over ... see Full Review



Love Me Tender – The Stories behind the world’s best-loved songs by Max Cryer. Frances Lincoln Limited. ISBN 978-0-7112-2911-2. [IL]

An intriguing little book that would make an ideal Christmas stocking filler. ... see Full Review

La Sala Bianca Della Musica; the White Music Room Gianluca La Villa Il Segno dei Gabrielli Editori 2008 - 220 pp with ill. and appendices [in Italian and English] ISBN 978 88 6099 043 3 €15 [JW]

A wealth of information here for those of specialised tastes ... 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]


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

Past 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.