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


paid for


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

FOGHORN Classics

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



Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat



Recordings of the Month


From Ocean’s Floor


Conner Riddle Songs

Rodzinski Sibelius

Of Innocence and Experience


Symphonies 1, 2, 3


Musik für Viola solo
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chromatic Fantasia BWV903 (c.1730) transcribed (1950) by Zoltán KODÁLY (1882-1967) [7:58]
Johann Nepomuk DAVID (1895-1977) Sonata for solo viola Op.31 No.3 (1943) [16:38]
Felix TREIBER (b.1960) Six Caprices for solo viola (1999) [12:11]
Adolf BUSCH (1891-1952) Suite in A minor for solo viola Op.16 [9:08]; Praeludium and Fugato in E minor for solo viola BoO 6 (1948) [3:29]
Eugčne BOZZA (1905-1991) Parthie for solo viola (1967) [12:32]
Sibylle Langmaack (viola)
rec. February 2007-February 2009, Gemeindezentrum HI. Geist, Karlsruhe-Büchtig
ANTES BM-CD 31.9261 [62:34]


Experience Classicsonline

This adventurous programme sees violist Sibylle Langmaack assume the interpretative high ground in works that span the twentieth century. That’s slightly misleading, inasmuch as we hear Kodály’s take on Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia, but if we agree to include him on familiar hyphenated grounds then a programme of well balanced intelligence emerges.
Kodály had written transcriptions of three Bach Chorale Preludes for cello and piano back in 1924. He was later, in 1951, to arrange the E flat minor Prelude and Fugue for the same combination of instruments. But the year before, he’d written this Chromatic Fantasia transcription for solo viola. He ventures some octave transpositions as well as briefly editing Bach’s writing – he omits some bars – but he also offers a staunchly virtuosic and rugged exploration, deserving of the interest of violists.
Johann Nepomuk David – the name has a very eighteenth century Bohemian ring to it – was born in 1895 and lived to 1977. He’s the father of Lukas David. J.N. David’s Sonata was written during the war years, for Emil Seiler, a well-known violist of the day. The ethos is that of an amalgam of Bach and Hindemith. There’s a strongly meditative quality, one that explores the more sonorous and expressive areas of the instrument’s arsenal, though there’s a delightfully genteel Minuet as well.
Felix Treiber, who was born in 1960, is himself a viola player and crafted this characterful set of character set pieces in 1999. His Caprices embrace spooky flageolet, pensive pizzicati, and a chirpy Allegretto (track 10). They’re played with vivid immediacy. Adolf Busch’s compositions are getting wider publicity of late. His Suite is a brief baroque-tinged affair, underscored by the baroque movement nomenclature. The Scherzo however has a nice trio section, and sounds rather French in the outer sections (Leclair maybe). A brief Sarabande is followed by a solid romantic-baroque Bourée finale. The Prelude and Fugue was written in 1948 and now sound less urgently neo-baroque in orientation. Brief though it is it maintains a fine polyphonic standing. Finally we have Bozza’s Parthie for solo viola, written in 1967. Clearly the most advanced work, it too nods toward the baroque but in a most ingenious way, dissolving the bar lines at various points and encouraging a sense of quasi-improvisation that pays homage to earlier models. Even its title is a variation on Partita.
Warmly recorded and excellently played, this disc succeeds in drawing disparate compositions together in a thematically elegant and non-dogmatic way.
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

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.