One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,928 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

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



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

June 2022

Beethoven Sonatas 29, 32

Orchestral Works

String Quartets Vol 1


Cantatas and Organ Works

Complete Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Simone Dinnerstein piano



CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)
La Muerte Del Angel
Oblivion [4:16]
Le Grand Tango [10:02]
Four for Tango [6:38]
Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas [22:25]
Erwin SCHULHOFF (1894-1942)
Alla Tango Milonga
(from Five Pieces for String Quartet) (1989) [4:15]
(arr. L. Zhurbin) [3:55]
Moritzburg Festival Ensemble (Mira Wang, Colin Jacobsen (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola), Jan Vogler (cello), Vanessa Perez (piano))
rec. 18-20 March 2008, Studio Manfred Knoop Music, New Jersey USA. DDD
SONY CLASSICS 88697 328032 [55:09]

Experience Classicsonline

Cellist Jan Vogler describes in the sleeve-notes for this disc his early encounters with tango through film, and the morbid, nostalgic and at times destructive atmosphere that the music can bring. The performances here capture the essence of the style, with a strong humanistic feel and a sense of raw emotion. Throughout the disc, the playing is exuberant, and one has a sense of the players giving it their all.

La Muerte del Tango, heard in an arrangement by José Bragato, is given fiery fugal treatment at the opening, breaking away into an aggressive and highly accented tutti. Vogler’s cello sound comes to the fore later in the arrangement, accompanied gently by the piano. The tutti returns, giving an energetic and enjoyably rowdy start to the disc.

Oblivion is calmer in mood and well controlled, although the reverb has removed the clarity of the sound in the bass. Another Bragato arrangement, this time using violin, cello and piano, the instruments are used sensitively and provide variety of colour. Le Grand Tango has the same sound issues, with a sense of the music being performed in a bathroom, particularly at the bass end, but is a convincing arrangement for cello and piano which is full of character and captures the spirit of Piazzolla’s music well.

Four for Tango was a real eye-opener. This string quartet tango is contemporary in style, and takes the tango style to its absolute limits. This is a stunning piece of writing which follows in the tradition of (as Vogler describes) the Bartók string quartets, but encompassing the language of tango. This work demonstrates not only Piazzolla’s innovative work in the development of a form, but also his abilities as a composer.

Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas are four movements, arranged once again by Bragato for violin, cello and piano. Each movement describes one of the four seasons in Buenos Aires. They were composed between 1964 and 1970. The characters of the movements differ according to the season: Spring is bright and gently flowing, while the extended melodic lines of Summer suggest laziness and heat. Small moments of activity are short-lived and the effect of the Buenos Aires climate comes through well. Autumn has more nostalgic moments, with a captivating cello and violin melodies breaking into the hustle and bustle of daily life, which can be heard in the more rhythmic tango sections. Winter is the most directional of the movements, with a sense of building intensity, strong rhythmic pulses and flowing melodic lines.

Erwin Schulhoff’s music has a different sound to Piazzolla’s, and the style of Alla Tango Milonga has elements of folk music in addition to Latin American tango, with a frequent use of octaves, fifths and unisons in the scoring.

Piazzolla’s music returns at the end of the disc, with an arrangement of Libertango by Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin which starts slowly and builds in momentum to the end, allowing the driving ostinati to move the music forward.

Carla Rees 


















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.