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



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





Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Organs, Toccatas and Fantasias - A musical journey through Bach’s Baroque Europe
Toccata in F major, BWV 540
Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 (extracts)
Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 'Great' (extracts)
Chorale Prelude BWV 648 'Meine Seele erhebt den Herren'
Chorale Prelude BWV 639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'
Chorale Prelude BWV 622 'O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde groß'
Marie-Claire Alain (organs)
Director: Bruno Monsaingeon
rec. 1990, various locations
Sound format: PCM stereo
Subtitle languages: EN, FR, DE
Picture format: 4:3
Picture standard: NTSC
Region code: 2, 3, 4, 5
WARNER MUSIC VISION 5186552092 [55:00]
Experience Classicsonline

I don’t understand much about how organs work: all those stops, the multiple keyboards, even the foot pedals. Of all the musical instruments, the organ is the most complex, and the most daunting, because outside of films like this, you rarely get to see much of it. In this short feature, Bruno Monsaingeon, well known for his documentaries featuring Glenn Gould and other musicians, follows Marie-Claire Alain, an excellent organist and interpreter of Bach, to a number of locations. She presents and plays Bach on a variety of organs, and briefly discusses how Bach’s life relates to the different organs visited.

Playing a number of complete works - such as the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor - Alain shows off her skills on organs in different cities, including Dresden, Rötha, Haarlem and Gröningen. Monsaingeon uses many angles and shots to make these performances interesting to watch, though the quality of the playing is good enough to hold the viewer’s interest. Unfortunately, several of the performances are only extracts of works, or are interrupted by bits of interviews, so this isn’t really a film where you get many chances to appreciate the music in the round.

Alain is one of the 20th century’s leading interpreters of Bach’s organ music, and her passion for this music comes through in both her playing and her explanations. Watching her perform, one realizes just how difficult and complicated it is to play this instrument, and, in particular, Bach’s music.

Filmed in 1990, this program seems just a bit dated, technically, the sound is only in stereo and the format in 4:3. But Alain’s discussions of the instruments and the music make this a film full of insights that any fan of organ music will appreciate. It has even helped me better understand the way this complicated instrument works. While brief, those who love the organ will want to get this DVD to see the many excellent instruments that it features.

Kirk McElhearn 























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.