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

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



CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS

The Legendary Violinist David Nadien in Live Recordings
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (1806) [42:25]
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-47)
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (1844) [25:02]
David Nadien (violin)
National Orchestral Association/Leon Barzin (Beethoven)
The Chappaqua Chamber Orchestra/Wolfgang Schanzer (Mendelssohn)
rec. November 1952, Carnegie Hall, New York (Beethoven) and May 1975 (Mendelssohn)
CEMBAL D’AMOUR CD 137 [67:31]
Experience Classicsonline

It’s always a pleasure to encounter another Nadien disc from Cembal d’amour. It’s a sign of the fecundity of such discs that I no longer think it imperative to give you links to the many reviews I’ve written of this great violinist. A simple search should do it for you, and you will find biographical and musical matters a-plenty.

The two live performances here were made almost a quarter of a century apart. The Beethoven was with National Orchestral Association and Leon Barzin, familiar to many, and equally so for the Feuermann survivals as well. Nadien was 26 in 1952 and his playing is marked by fluidity and romantic breadth, the recording by a balance which slightly favours the orchestral tapestry. Tempi are sensible. Nadien slows in echt Romantic fashion for the glorious lyric expression in the slow movement, in which his dynamics are reduced to a sepulchral whisper - playing of rapt introspection that some more austere auditors might find too youthfully pronounced, perhaps. The slow movement is warmly and rather beautifully done. The finale features some more elastic rubato. There are a few minor imperfections recording-wise; a bit of ‘scrunch’ and the fact that fortes don’t really register strongly; a relatively limited dynamic range. Can’t say I was unduly perturbed, given that allowances should be made.

There’s a bit of a lack of definition to the lower strings in the Mendelssohn, taped in 1975. Once again Nadien plays in the Grand Manner, an aristocrat of finger-position changes. His brand of fervour and deeply expressive instincts would, I think, be frowned upon today when the Mendelssohn Concerto is a more aesthetic creature than of old. The slow movement for example is no feather-bed lied. On the contrary it’s full of warm inflexions, of quicksilver slides, and powerful intensifications of tone. Dynamics are commensurately hefty, and the playing a lexicon of violinistic devices. The finale is not over-pressed. The chamber orchestra offers very decent support.

Once more, at the risk of boring readers, Nadien offers ripe playing and splendid musical riches.

Jonathan Woolf




















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

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.