Schubert sonatas

Newest Releases

Piano solo and duet
  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

Free classical music concerts by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.


Moravec - Twelfth Night Recital
15%off £17.21 (until Dec 7)

Katerina Englichová - harp
15%0ff £10.83 (until Dec 7)

  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo
  • Stellar debut<br>piano recital
  • Clarinet transcriptions Jonathan Cohler
  • Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio
  • French clarinet masterpieces
  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo

Sibelius Symphonies Maazel
4CDs + Blu-ray audio
Special Price £36.75

RVW A Sea Symphony - Elder

Shostakovich Symphony 10 Nelsons

Verdi Requiem

Dvorak Opera Premiere

Grieg, Mendelssohn sonatas




Would you like a hyperlinked weekly summary of the CDs we have reviewed?

Click for further details

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
Classical Editor
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Cameo Classics
Prima voce
Red Priest
Toccata Classics

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
Classical Editor
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

Download: Classicsonline

Triocca: Trios for Flute, Viola and Harp
Arnold BAX (1883-1953)
Elegiac Trio (1916) [9:50]
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (1915) [19:43]
Eric SWEENEY (b. 1948)
Walk/Don’t Walk (2003) [7:47]
Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767)
Trio Sonata in G minor (1718) [8:58]
Philip MARTIN (b. 1947)
Fantasy for Flute, Viola and Harp (2008) [9:50]
Hamilton HARTY (1879-1941)
Fantasy “In Ireland” (1918) [7:39]
Triocca (Ríona Ó Duinnín (flute); Nancy Johnson (viola); Geraldine O’Doherty (harp))
rec. St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda, 4-6 March 2009
RTÉ LYRIC FM CD122 [61:09]
Experience Classicsonline

Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Debussy’s Sonata are certainly the best known works for this instrumental combination. Curiously enough both works are near-contemporary but composed in quite different circumstances. Bax’s work was composed after the Easter Rising and on the death of Pádraig Pearse to whose memory he composed his short orchestral work In Memoriam (1916). As the anonymous insert notes rightly suggest, the trio is not so much an “in memoriam” to individuals as an elegy for Romantic Ireland. On the other hand, Debussy composed his sonata when he was already quite ill and this may at times be heard in the music. He himself remarked after hearing the piece that “it [is] the music of a Debussy I no longer know”.

Eric Sweeney is a most distinguished composer whose music is too little heard, at least outside Ireland, so that it is always nice to be able to hear some fairly recent work of his. This is the case of his trio Walk/Don’t Walk, “a piece in which the different melodic lines all follow certain shared parameters but respond in different ways” (Eric Sweeney). The piece opens with a “walking” ostinato with the flute providing some melodic material. The music briefly halts, muses and moves on again, the melodic material changing hands. The basic material is somewhat repetitive, but by no mean minimalist. This is a delightful work and a most welcome alternative to Debussy’s ubiquitous sonata.

Philip Martin may be better known as a pianist but he is also a composer of no mean achievement. His recent Fantasy, admittedly inspired by the composer’s admiration for Debussy’s sonata, is a good example of his superbly crafted music-making. The composer describes the work as a conversational piece in which each instrument has its own say at one time or another. This colourful, richly melodic work also deserves to be heard more often.

Hamilton Harty’s Fantasy “In Ireland, too, is reasonably well-known, especially in its original version for flute and piano composed in 1918. Later, in 1935, the composer made a version for flute, harp and orchestra. The arrangement for flute, viola and harp heard here was made for Triocca by the conductor David Brophy. This is a delightful piece of music, in whichever version.

This mostly Irish programme is filled-up with a pleasant Trio Sonata by Telemann played with as much affection and musicality as the rest of the programme, although I would have preferred another Irish work or two, but this may be for the future.

Already six years in existence now, Triocca has made a name for itself. These young ladies play wonderfully throughout this agreeably varied programme.

Hubert Culot




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.