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

cover image

CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS

Duettissimo à 3
See below review for full track list
Christina Bockschweiger (soprano); Manfred Bockschweiger (trumpet and flugelhorn); Andreas Boltz (organ)
rec. St Ludwig, Darmstadt July 2009; January 2010
ANTES EDITION BM-CD 31.9268 [56:05]

Experience Classicsonline

This is a mélange largely of adaptations. There are three voices – the human one, a soprano, the trumpet (and flügelhorn) and the organ. In essence then this is a trumpet aria album leavened by outings for a soprano soloist, who joins the brass instrument supported by an organ, played tactfully by Andreas Boltz – hence the whimsical self-aware disc title, Duettissimo à 3.

The programme is essentially eighteenth century, with a couple of excursions – one to Franck’s ubiquitous Panis angelicus and the other to that late twentieth century workhorse, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu from the almost as ubiquitous Requiem. It makes for an essentially concrete selection, though one strong on populist numbers. That said the Caccini trio won’t be that familiar to many – brief pieces of the trumpet aria variety which pitch voice and trumpet together in a frequently virtuoso orientated exchange. There are two-movement arrangements from Bach’s Orchestral Suite BWV 1067, and – rather weirdly – a trumpet/organ adaptation of the B minor Mass’s Agnus Dei, which does seem odd when you have a singer on hand. Mozart’s Alleluja from the Exultate, jubilate is here, as well as a couple of contrasting Handel pieces, and a few extras to add variety within a broadly limited compass.

That’s the programme. The performances leave something to be desired. The trumpet playing of Manfred Bockschweiger is generally fine. Where his playing goes off the rails is in the ‘bonus’ track, Caccini’s Ave Maria where he wields the flugelhorn and together with his wife Christina Bockschweiger conspires to turn a baroque piece into a schmaltzy Broadway song. It’s more Canteloube meets Cole Porter than Caccini.

Christina Bockschweiger herself is a very strident, forceful singer. Where things sit well for her voice – the third Scarlatti piece for example – she sings well and sensitively but elsewhere her vocal production can be punchy and scoopy and sometimes plain weird. Whilst her singing in the first Scarlatti song is stratospheric it’s also florid with a wide vibrato. This kind of thing is not good for Eternal Source about which it’s best not to say anything.

One for confirmed admirers only.

Jonathan Woolf

Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725)
Si suoni la tromba [3:41]
Rompe Sprezza [1:46]
Mio tesoro, per te more [5:35]
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Orchestral Suite in B minor BWV 1067 - Rondeau [1:36] Badinerie [1:16]
Aria - Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen BWV 51 [5:05]
Agnus Dei from the Mass in B minor BWV 232 [5:31]
Dormi Jesu [2:58]
Concerto for Soprano, trompet and organ [3:28]
Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)
Eternal Source of Light Divine from the Ode fort he Birthday of Queen Anne [3:19]
Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson [6:09]
César FRANCK (1822-1890)
Panis angelicus [4:14]
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Alleluia from the motet Exsultate, jubilate [2:54]
Andrew Lloyd WEBBER (b.1948)
Pie Jesu from the Requiem [3:04]
Giulio CACCINI (1550-1618)
Ave Maria [5:17]

One for confirmed admirers only… see Full Review


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.