One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,416 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

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

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount




Mit Feuer und Leidenschaft
Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826)
Grand Duo concertant, Op.48 (1915-16) [21:55]
Max REGER (1873-1916)
Album Leaf and Tarantella, for Clarinet and Piano (1902) [3:37]
Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994)
Dance Preludes (1954-55) [10:23]
Francis POULENC (1899-1963)
Clarinet Sonata (1962) [14:07]
Sebastian Theile (clarinet) Nicholas Rimmer (piano)
rec. July 2009, Sendesaal des SWR, Stuttgart. DDD
THOROFON CTH2568 [50:09]

Experience Classicsonline

From my modest knowledge of German, the album title can be translated as With Fire and Passion. Two young musicians, Sebastian Theile and Nicholas Rimmer, give us an excellent presentation of four beautiful and diverse works for clarinet and piano. This is a real duo, as the piano has good presence, more than in some clarinet-centered recordings. The effect is further helped by the perfect balance found by the recording engineer. The sound of Theile’s clarinet is rather sharp and concentrated. The piano sound is also very clearly pronounced. The performers transcend mere technical brilliance and imbue the music with emotion.
In the first movement of Weber’s Grand Duo Theile and Rimmer have all the necessary bravura, and yet are gentle in the gentle places. Although fast, the playing is not aggressive, and is very sympathetic. The viscous sadness of the operatic second movement is heartfelt. Theile does very well in the difficult task of playing those long, long notes expressively. Rimmer creates the dark atmosphere, and is intense and powerful in the dramatic outbursts. The cheerful Rondo is light and bouncy, its golden note-spinning well articulated. I am sure that Weber himself would have loved this performance.
The two Reger’s miniatures also combine virtuosity with lyrical feeling. Albumblatt, under a pastoral cover, hides tightly compressed emotion. Tarantella is more energetic, propelled by the rhythm. It is essentially a short, agitated scherzo. The two instruments weave around each other like the two strains of DNA.
Lutosławski declared his Dance Preludes to be his farewell to folklore. This is the last work he created in an idiom based on Polish folk music, before he firmly turned to the avant-garde. The work is based on songs from Northern Poland. These are preludes in the tradition of Chopin: each is a compact elaboration of a mood or a short idea. Playful fast parts are followed by pensive slow ones. The performance is very affectionate. I don’t think this music would shine on its own in a less involved presentation, but in Theile and Rimmer it finds real advocates.
The two instruments blend perfectly in Poulenc’s Sonata. The first movement is muscular and youthful. The slow episode opens with terrifying shrillness, which leads to wistful yearning and sadness. In the second movement, again, Theile knows how to play the long notes so that they are alive and breathing. The tempo is quite fast, but the emotion is throbbing, and the simple melody speaks directly to the soul. This is a very beautiful, poignant reading. The sonata and the disc end on an optimistic note: the third movement returns to a friendly unbuttoned humor, although with some romantic thoughts woven in.
I wish the disc contained more: with only 50 minutes of total time, it is far from munificent. The liner-note also is rather economical in the description of the music, although the performer biographies are apt. Nevertheless, the performances are truly excellent, and combine technical prowess with fire and passion, just as the title of the album promises. 

Oleg Ledeniov  














































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

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.