52,943 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  


Some items
to consider


paid for

Chopin Edition 17CDs
now available separately
£11 post-free anywhere


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

Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets


New Releases

Naxos Classical

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

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

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


CD: CD Baby
Download: True North Records

Stone and Steel
Henry PURCELL (1659-1695)
Dido’s Lament (arr. Patrick Zimmerli) [2:59]
Dido’s Lament Electronic (arr. Patrick Zimmerli and Satoshi Takeishi) [4:11]
Hide Those Eyes (arr. Kenji Bunch) [5:59]
John DOWLAND (1562-1626)
George Whitehead’s Allemand (arr. Patrick Zimmerli) [5:14]
Flow My Tears (arr. Patrick Zimmerli) [4:01]
Auctori vite psalmis (arr. Patrick Zimmerli) [7:10]
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683–1764)
Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavencin – Gavotte (1728) as ‘After Rameau’ (arr. John Novacek) [4:59]
Kenji BUNCH (b.1973)
Crawlspace (1996) [5:05]
Hildegard von BINGEN (1098-1179)
Columba aspexit (arr. Patrick Zimmerli) [5:56]
Stone and Steel (2008) [11:22]
Kristina Keiko Cooper (cello)
Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)
John Novacek (piano)
rec. Systems Two, NYC
LINUS 270103 [56:53]
Experience Classicsonline

This is different. These are arrangements for cello, piano and percussion of Medieval, Gregorian and Baroque pieces – with a couple of original compositions into the bargain. The focus of the disc is the cellist Kristina Keiko Cooper whilst in terms of arrangements the majority derive from Patrick Zimmerli. The ethos is jazz-tinged, or rock-influenced; Latin American dance rhythms have a strong element to play as well.
We start with Dido’s Lament, though I doubt it’s been ‘a pop hit for many centuries’ as the booklet suggests – that summons up the bizarre idea of electric guitars and flared trousers down the ages. The theme emerges after a Piazzollan mêlée of some drama. The other Purcell theme is the love song Hide Those Eyes in this arrangement by Kenji Bunch. This has Anglo-Chinese elements with the cello’s pizzicati adding a certain amount of tension whilst the piano offers mainly supportive chording. Zimmerli is back for a fast and combative Dowland revisiting of George Whitehead’s Allemand. The use of a Swedish snare drum in Satoshi Takeishi’s kit offers its own timbral authority. Quite jazzy, this one. The anonymous Gregorian chant Auctori vite psalmis is another piece arranged by Patrick Zimmerli. It has meditative nobility as befits the source material with a supportive piano and evocative percussive gestures. When things speed up they get progressively rockier and there’s an extensive cello cadenza from the disc’s primarius Kristina Keiko Cooper.
Rameau has a Caribbean beat, quite insistent and driving, but with a slow and reflective second part which works well. Dowland’s Flow My Tears is given a rumba treatment. Bunch’s original Crawspace was written for cello in 1996 and then transcribed for viola eight years alter. It tests the stamina and range of the cellist in a broadly rock-based context, heavily insistent and rhythmic; in fact guitar heroes prove to be a starting point for the composer – Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Van Halen. The longest track is Zimmerli’s own Stone and Steel, the work that gives its name to the album’s title. It was written for the CD and pays allusive homage to classical composers along the way – Gregorian chant and Brahms are specifically noted in the booklet as reference points. To me the Piazzollan influence is there again, so too a strongly lyric strength but a busy and jazz-sourced sound world as well.  To finish we have a back-to-the-future electronic version of Dido’s Lament.
There’s an attractive if occasionally vaporous booklet. If you’re a fan of Kristina Keiko Cooper – her booklet biography calls her ‘enchanting’ – you have four full colour photographs to enchant you. 
Jonathan Woolf 


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat



Recordings of the Month


Symphonies 1, 2, 3



Aho Symphony 5

Dowland - A Fancy


Rachmaninov_ Babayan


Opera transcriptions & fantasias


Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets

Schubert Symphony 9




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.