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

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



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


Buy through MusicWeb for £10.50 postage paid.

Musicweb Purchase button



Gareth WALTERS (b. 1928)
Song-Cycles and Chamber Music
Cân y galon (Song of the Heart) for soprano and string quartet (1970) (1. 'Torri Calon' ('Heartbreak') [4:24]; 2. 'Cân Olwen i Afaon' ('Olwen's Song to Afaon') [1:58]; 3. 'Y Garreg' ('The Rock') [3:53]; 4. 'Llawer Gwaith' ('Many a Time') [2:01] 5. 'Cân y Fam i'w Phlentyn' ('A Mother's Song to her Child') [5:59]) [17:04]
Little Suite for Flute and Harp (1960s) (I. Allegro [2:25]; II. Lento [3:31]; III. Vivo ben ritmico [2:0]; IV. Allegretto semplice [2:34]) [10:01]
Violin Sonata (1989-96) (I. Allegro assai [7:13]; II. Lento [7:20]; III. Moderato [3:35]; IV. Allegro energico [6:57]) [24:54]
Berceuse for harp (1965) [2:18]
Poésies du soir for mezzo and chamber orchestra (1961) (1. 'L'Idéal' ('The Ideal') [3:18]; 2. 'Promenade sur l'eau' ('Promenade on the Water') [3:13] 3. 'Nuit d'été' ('Summer Night') [5:48]) [12:06]
Carolyn Foulkes (soprano)
Wendy Dawn Thompson (mezzo)
Adam Summerhayes (violin)
Nicola Elmer (piano)
Adam Walker (flute)
London Concertante/Gregory Rose
rec. British Grove Studios, London, 16-17 September, 18 December 2006. DDD
first recordings
TOCCATA TOCC 0090 [68:40]
Experience Classicsonline


Rivier and Messiaen were the teachers of the Welsh composer Gareth Walters. Not that I detect the voice of Messiaen at all; at least not in this first Walters collection on CD. On the other hand Britten is occasionally a presence in the mix. His starkness is evident in the raw upward bristling thrusts of the quartet in the first song of Cân y galon. The second song hints at Rivier’s cleanly athletic springy string writing but combines this with a vocal line which has more in common with the troubadour spirit of Poulenc. The last song Cân y Fam i'w Phlentyn is cool, emotionally speaking yet tender. The Little Suite for flute and harp is by turns lively-jocular, sunnily drowsy, gawkily jazzy and bucolic. It has a sweet disposition and might be seen as a sort of fusion between Roussel and Benjamin. I can imagine a more fluent performance than this one but both players communicate enjoyably.

The four movement Violin Sonata is very spirited and gives vent to a densely lyrical voice threaded through with turbulence. This aspect can be felt in the sometimes angular and singing passion of the two outer movements. An easeful tenderness saturates the touching and throatily emotional Lento. After such intensity Walters releases the tension with a short sing-song Moderato yet preserves enough of the rawness and tempered dissonance to give the music savour. This is a wonderful work with a ferocious power and glimmering beauty.

This disc has been well thought through. Again after the passionate interplay of the Sonata comes repose in the shape of the little harp Berceuse with its delicate charms – adroit to the instrument’s soul and heart. It has a demure Gallic innocence. Lastly comes the Poésies du soir. This is a sultry hot-house triptych of songs to words by Sully Prudhomme, André Thiriet and Paul Bourget. Against a motile string backdrop, wind instruments sing out. The orchestral effect is rather Sibelian in the central song but never at the expense of that sensuous Gallic pulsation. The final song is sheerly lovely, ending with a long-held breath as emotionally striking as the burred held chord at the end of the second song.

The sound throughout is vivacious and immediate sometimes to the point of ferocity. In the case of the mezzo in Poésies du soir this rather bring out her vibrato which is more emphatic than that of the soprano in the Cân y galon.

Britten was an early mentor to Walters but his music escapes unscathed. His studies in Paris had a more enduring impact although not in terms of sounding like Messiaen. If anything he seems, in the songs, to assume the mantle of the sensuous chanson tradition with modest infusions of Ravel and Poulenc. He reminded me a little of one of his contemporaries – Carey Blyton in his orchestral song cycles. In the chamber works there is a Gallic warmth to the writing but also a lyrical countryside indulgence  associated with early Howells.

As ever with Toccata we get splendid notes – this time by the composer – plus all the words and translations together with artist biographies.

If you have a taste for the genres I have mentioned I cannot imagine your being disappointed with this newly revealed musical voice.

Rob Barnett


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


Cantatas and Organ Works

Complete Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Simone Dinnerstein piano





Chopin Bruce Liu

Ingeneri Volume 2

Mondonville - Titon et L'Aurore

Telemann - French Cantatas 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.