Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Congratulations!
It's a future King!

Complete Mozart Edition
Mozart complete edition

Vaughan Williams Symphonies 5 & 8 £11

Weiner, Klepper, Bloch, Schulhoff £12 post free


Available again





Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

 

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable Arcodiva
British Music Soc.
CDAccord
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter


Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter
Alphabetical Listing

PART 4
M-R

Click for alphabetical listings by composer:
[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]

Superbudget £5.99 or less Budget £6-7.99 Medium £8-10.99 Full price £11+
Download

John McCABE (b.1939) Variations, op.22 (1963) [9:38] Aubade (Study No.4) (1970) [5:52] Gaudi (Study No.3) (1970) [14:35] Five Bagatelles (1964) [4:35] Mosaic (Study No.6) (1980) [13:37] Haydn Variations (1983) [27:08] John McCabe (piano) rec. 21 and 28 March 1998, Bishopsgate Hall, London. DDD BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BMS424CD [76:08] [BBr]

A most worthwhile issue of compelling British music … see Full Review

Jules MASSENET (1842 – 1912) Thais (1894) Lado Ataneli – Athanaél; Alessandro Liberatore – Nicias; Maurizio Lo Piccolo – Palemon; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda rec. live, 2008 ARTHAUS MUSIC 101 385 [139:00] [GF]

A good option for those who want Thaïs on DVD ... see Full Review

Gian Francesco MALIPIERO (1883-1973) Symphonies 5, 6, 8 & 11 Moscow SO/Antonio de Almeida rec. 1994 NAXOS 8.570880 [73:51] [WH]

Uneven works, but well played, well recorded and well worth a listen … see Full Review

David McALMONT/Michael NYMAN (b. 1948) The Glare Michael NYMAN Songs for Tony David McAlmont (vocals) Michael Nyman Band; Nyman Sax Quartet rec. 2008 MN RECORDS MNRCD116 [52:58] [DC]

Good fun, but only ‘almost’ convincing… see Full Review 

Nikolai Karlovich MEDTNER (1880-1951) Piano Concerto 2 Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto 4 Yevgeny Sudbin (piano) North Carolina Symphony/Grant Llewellyn rec. 2008 BIS BIS-SACD-1728 [73:53] [SR]

A great career in the making … see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY (1809-1847) Magnificat, Symphony for strings 12, Ave maria Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Magnificat Yale Voxtet; Yale Schola Cantorum; Yale Collegium Players/Simon Carrington rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572161 [65:56] [JV]

A very interesting combination of Bach's Magnificat and a little-known setting by Mendelssohn - a disc well worth repeated listening … see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847) Symphony 4, The Hebrides Overture Felipe BOERO (1884 – 1958) El Matrero La Scala O, Milan, O del Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires/ Ettore Panizza rec. 19289 PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 189 [67:15] [BBr]

Welcome this chance to celebrate the work of Ettore Panizza ... see Full Review

Gustav MERKEL (1827-1885) Organ Works Vol. I & II Halgeir Schiager (organ) rec. 2005 SIMAX CLASSICS PSC1273 & PSC1274 [77:11 & 78:21] [DC]

A justified boost to Merkel’s profile … see Full Review 

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992) Poèmes pour Mi, Les offrandes oubliées, Un sourire Anne Schwanewilms (soprano) Ntl O Lyon /Jun Märkl rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572174 [52:48]  [DC]

First rate ‘Poèmes’ ... see Full Review 

Stanislaw MONIUSZKO (1819-1872) Paria Leszek Skrla (baritone) Janusz Lewandowski (bass-baritone) Ch & O Castle Opera (Opery na Zamku)/Warcislaw Kunc rec. 2008 DUX 0686/7 [54.30 + 67.39] [RH]

For interested parties only. You may wonder what all the fuss is about. … see Full Review 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Piano Concertos 22 & 24 David Greilsammer (piano), Suedama Ensemble rec. 2009 NAÏVE V5184 [59:52] [BBr]

I cannot raise any enthusiasm about this disk … see Full Review 

Wolfgand Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791) Le nozze di Figaro (1786) Alfred Poell (baritone) Lisa Della Casa (soprano) Hilde Güden (soprano) Cesare Siepi (bass) Suzanne Danco (soprano) Wiener Philharmoniker/Erich Kleiber rec. Redoutensaal, Vienna, June 1955 DECCA 478 1720 [3 CDs: 68:51 + 62:49 + 40:48] [GF]

Buy new shelves and add Kleiber to the collection ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791) The Mozart Album – Daniele de Niesse Daniele de Niesse (soprano) Apollo Voices; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Charles Mackerras rec. 2008/9 DECCA 478 1511 [65.50] [RF]

An interesting and enjoyable collection from a young singer on the crest of a wave. ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Violin Concerto 3 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto Gioconda De Vito (violin) Royal PO/Thomas Beecham, German Opera House O, Berlin/Paul van Kempen rec. 1941/9 NAXOS HISTORICAL 8.111349 [63:57] [JW]

A thoroughly accomplished restoration ... see Full Review 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Entführung aus dem Serail Teresa Stich-Randall, Gottlob Frick, Ernst Häfliger, Milan RSO/Peter Maag rec. 1958 ARTS ARCHIVES 43085-2 [70:18 + 41:02] [BW]

Competitive but quite heavily cut and in mono only ... see Full Review 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies 39 & 41 see London Philharmonic Orchestra

Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) see RACHMANINOV

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Music for Wind and Piano New London Chamber Ensemble rec. 2005/8 MERIDIAN CDE 84580 [64:58] [LW]

Scholarship and musicianship combine for a perfect partnership in Nielsen … see Full Review

Per NØRGÅRD (b. 1932) Piano works Erik Kaltoft (piano) rec. 2008 DACAPO 8.226089 [59:34] [DC]

Attractive miniatures and the 1959 breakthrough all on one disc … see Full Review

Michael NYMAN Songs for Tony see McALMONT

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jacob OBRECHT (1450-1505) Missa Sancto Donatiano Capella Pratensis/Stratton Bull, Peter Van Heyghen rec. 2006/7 FINELINE CLASSICAL FL72414 [DVD+CD: 118:00 + 63:13] [GH]

I advise you to buy it instantly. Outstanding ... see Full Review

Giovanni PAISIELLO (1740-1816) Piano Concertos 1, 3 & 5 Francesco Nicolosi (piano) Compania CO/Luigi Piovano rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572065 [49:51] [IL]

Utterly charming … see Full Review 

Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Stabat Mater, Violin Concerto, Salve Regina Rachel Harnisch (soprano); Julia Kleiter (soprano); Sara Mingardo (contralto); Giuliano Carmignola (violin); O Mozart/Claudio Abbado rec. 2007 ARCHIV PRODUKTION 477 8077 [64:32] [JS]

Lacks the kind of positive virtues that this music cries out for … see Full Review

Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736) Salve Regina see VIVALDI

Gregor PIATIGORSKY (1903-1976) Variations on a Paganini Theme see POPPER

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Milonga For Three Ephyra Trio rec. 2008 FORGE FACIC001 [59:31] [OL]

A hearty recommendation ... see Full Review 

Ignaz PLEYEL (1757 – 1831) Symphonie Concertantes, Violin Concerto David Perry, Isabella Lippi (violins), Victoria Chiang (viola) Baltimore CO/Markand Thakar rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.570320 [79:33] [BBr]

This is attractive music … see Full Review

David POPPER (1843-1913) Suite for cello and piano, Three Pieces, Im Walde Gregor PIATIGORSKY (1903-1976) Variations on a Paganini Theme Wendy Warner (cello) Eileen Buck (piano) rec. 2007/8 CEDILLE CDR 90000 111 [79:30] [JW]

The clement pastoral and wistful pleasures counter-balanced by panache and extrovert self-confidence ... see Full Review

Francis POULENC (1899-1963) Flute Sonata see Cantilena

Serge PROKOFIEV (1891–1953) Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 58 (1933-8) [36:18] Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op 125 (1952) [36:51] Alban Gerhardt (cello), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton rec. Grieghallen, Bergen, 1–5 September 2008. DDD. HYPERION CDA67705 [73:11] [JQ]

A logical coupling of two fascinating works in splendid performances. ... see Full Review

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953) Piano Transcriptions Temirzhan Yerzhanov (piano) rec. 2005 CON BRIO CBR28454 [64:53] [BBr]

Yerzhanov’s is a prodigious technique … see Full Review

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Flute Sonata see Cantilena

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 - 1924) Opera Arias Fabio Armiliato (tenor) Ch & O della Fondazione Arena di Verona/Marco Boemi rec. 2008 DECCA 476 3434 [56:15] [GF]

A pleasure to hear such fresh, impassioned and stylish singing … see Full Review 

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Dido and Aeneas Sarah Connolly (soprano) Lucas Meachem (baritone) O Age of Enlightenment/Christopher Hogwood rec. live, 2009 OPUS ARTE OA1018D [72:00] [MG]

The best Dido and Aeneas on DVD - Sarah Connolly the finest Dido … see Full Review

The Story of Henry Purcell see England, My England

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943) Symphony No. 1 (1897) [44:23] Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Romeo and Juliet overture (1880) [19:09] Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy (Rachmaninoff); Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch (Tchaikovsky) rec. 1960 (Rachmaninoff) and 1963 (Tchaikovsky), venues not specified
HDTT HDCD147 [63:32] [RMay]

Two first rate performances in a new disc incarnation ... see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) The Isle of the Dead, Two Études-Tableaux (orch. Respighi) Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) BBC SO/Evgeny Svetlanov rec. 1999 BBC LEGENDS BBCL4259-2 [70:56] [JQ]

Very special ... see Full Review 

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto 4 see MEDTNER

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) Les Indes Galantes Christophe Rousset (harpsichord - Jean-Henry Hemsch, Paris, 1761). rec. 2007 AMBROISIE AM152 [62.57] [KM]

An attractive, yet ultimately unsatisfying disc ... see Full Review

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) La Valse see Toscanini

Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The Golden Cockerel (excerpts) see London Philharmonic Orchestra

Albert ROUSSEL (1869 - 1937) Symphony 1, Résurrection, Le marchand de sable qui passe Royal Scottish Ntl O/Stéphane Denève rec. 2008/9 NAXOS 8.570323 [64:26]  [NB]

Another clear hit in this superb cycle … see Full Review 


Click for alphabetical listings by composer:
[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]


 



EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

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

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      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

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

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

Comment
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

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
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
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
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
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
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.