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

All HDTT reviews

Salon Treasures from the Max Jaffa Library



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
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
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

July 2022

John Luther Adams Houses of the Wind
John Luther Adams
Houses of the Wind

Horneman Alladin
Horneman Alladin

Stojowski piano concertos
Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Vaughan Williams on Brass

Yi Lin Jiang - Dualis I

June 2022

Beethoven Sonatas 29, 32

Orchestral Works

String Quartets Vol 1




CD: Crotchet AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download: Classicsonline

The Golden Age of Light Music – The Hall of Fame - Volume 3
rec. re–issues from 78 rpm discs and 33 rpm LP records, 1941-1958. ADD


Experience Classicsonline

Arthur FREED (1894 – 1973), Nacio Herb BROWN (1896 – 1964) Singin' In The Rain, arr. Conrad Salinger [3:14]
Victor HERBERT (1859 – 1924) Spanish Serenade (from 'A Suite Of Serenades') (arranged by Percy FAITH (1908 – 1976)) [2:47]
Ron GOODWIN (1925 – 2003) Lingering Lovers [2:29]
Jose BELMONTE (pseudonym for Philip GREEN (1911 – 1982)) Ecstasy [2:29]
Ernesto LECUONA (1895 – 1963) Love And The World Loves With You (Amor Que Bonito) [1:49]
Duke ELLINGTON (1899 – 1974) Solitude (arranged by Morton GOULD (1913 – 1996)) [3:31]
Nelson RIDDLE (1921 – 1985), Leland GILLETTE, Sid WAYNE (1922/1991) Easter Isle [2:41]
Hugo WINTERHALTER (1909 – 1973) La Muñeca Española (The Spanish Doll) [2:59]
Johnny MERCER (1909 – 1976) Dream [2:40]
Guy LUYPAERTS Vivre (Love Of My Life) (arranged by Ray MARTIN (1918 – 1988)) [2:10]
Franz LEHÁR (1870 – 1948) The Merry Widow Waltz (1905) [2:14]
Charles WILLIAMS (1893 – 1978) Devil's Galop (1948) [2:48]
Robert FARNON (1917 – 2005) Jumping Bean (1947) [2:07]
Robert KATSCHER, Buddy de SYLVA (1895 – 1950) When Day Is Done [3:17]
Sidney TORCH (pseudonym for Sidney TORCHINSKY (1908 – 1990)) Shooting Star [2:26]
Ronald BINGE (1910–1979) Elizabethan Serenade [2:50]
WILDMAN Crazy Violins [2:36]
J L MOLLOY The Kerry Dance (arranged by Angela MORLEY (at that time known as Wally STOTT)) (1924 - 2009)) [4:15]
Robert Craig WRIGHT (1914 – 2005), George FORREST (1915 – 1999) Bubble, Bubble, Bubble (Pink Champagne) [2:32]
David ROSE (1910 – 1990) March Of The Pretzels [2:48]
Eric COATES (1886 – 1957) Music Everywhere (Rediffusion March) [2:55]
Reginald KING (1904 – 1991) Theme from 'Runnymede Rhapsody' [4:06]
Robert FARNON My Song of Spring (from 'London Melody') (also known as Sophistication Waltz) [3:02]
George MELACHRINO (1909 – 1965) Winter Sunshine [2:51]
Virgilio PANZUTI Aprite Le Finestre (Open the Windows) [2:35]
Richard ADDINSELL (1904 – 1977) Warsaw Concerto (Dangerous Moonlight) (1941) [6:39]
DAVID CARROLL (Ron Goodwin), PERCY FAITH (Victor Herbert), MORTON GOULD (Duke Ellington), PHILIP GREEN (Jose Belmonte), RICHARD HAYMAN (Ernesto Lecuona), FREDDY MARTIN (Franz Lehár), RAY MARTIN (Guy Luypaerts), HENRI RENÉ (Wright and Forrest), NELSON RIDDLE (Easter Isle), DAVID ROSE (David Rose), BILLY VAUGHN (Johnny Mercer), HUGO WINTERHALTER (Winterhalter), all conducting “his” Orchestra; CHARLES WILLIAMS (Devil's Galop), RON GOODWIN (Ronald Binge), both with His Concert Orchestra; ALBERT SANDLER AND HIS PALM COURT ORCHESTRA (When Day Is Done); HELMUT ZACHARIAS AND HIS MAGIC VIOLINS (Wildman); CONRAD SALINGER ORCHESTRA/BUDDY BREGMAN (Singin' In The Rain), KINGSWAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/ROBERT FARNON (Robert Farnon), THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA/GEORGE MELACHRINO (Farnon and Melachrino) with WILLIAM HILL-BOWEN (Reginald King and Richard Addinsell), QUEEN'S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA/ERIC COATES (Coates), QUEEN'S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA/SIDNEY TORCH (Sidney Torch), San Remo Festival Orchestra/GEORGE MELACHRINO (Panzuti), THE TIP TOP TUNES ORCHESTRA/GERALDO (The Kerry Dance)

This is a real winner, from first track – a very breezy instrumental version of Freed and Brown’s famous 1929 song, which gave the title to the 1952 film – to last – a rather studied performance of Richard Addinsell’s wonderful Warsaw Concerto, which is perhaps more Melachrino than Addinsell, but who cares? In between comes a wealth of riches.
Lingering Lovers is a nice bit of 1950s mood music, very jaunty and easy-going, a kind of common man version of The Boulevardier! I especially love the interjections from an accordion. However, Ecstasy has nothing to do with sex, it’s a tango in strict time and strangely asexual! How odd for this most overt of dances! Love And The World Loves With You is a real hoot for it steals a riff from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, and entwines it with the tune. Whoever made this arrangement is a genius, for his humour and his skill in making it work. And it is far too short!
Morton Gould’s arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Solitude is part Delius, part Starlight Strings and it’s a sumptuous smoochfest for all concerned. I love it! Nelson Riddle’s Easter Isle is the perfect work, being gentle and sheerly delightful. More sultry nights under the stars with Hugo Winterhalter’s La Muñeca Española, which is full of exotic percussion. The Merry Widow Waltz is given in a salon arrangement, and it lacks the swing which is essential to a waltz – this is one of the few miscalculations of this excellent series for this is the muzak version of Lehár’s famous tune and it has no place here for it is banal and lacks subtlety.
Robert Karscher’s When Day Is Done is delightful, a beautiful tune, underplayed and without any overt emotion troweled onto it. Sidney Torch’s Shooting Star and Wildman’s Crazy Violins are perfect examples of a certain kind of light music where the string section is featured. Wildman’s piece also contains a great solo for cowboy fiddle. The much missed Angela Morley gives us a swing version of The Kerry Dance and very refreshing it is. Wright and Forrest are best known as the creators of Kismet – indeed, they made so many shows from the music of other composers that I once read a description of them as musical grave-robbers! Bubble, Bubble, Bubble (Pink Champagne) is a lovely piece of pizzicato scherzo, but what it has to do with champagne is beyond me. It does, however, have a tune which really fizzes – perhaps that’s the connection. It’s followed by David Rose’s March Of The Pretzels, which certainly wouldn’t go down well with a glass of the vintage stuff but which is so hilarious as to make one laugh out loud.
The three best known pieces here - Charles Williams’s Devil's Galop, Robert Farnon’s Jumping Bean and Ronald Binge’s Elizabethan Serenade – are all given authoritative performances. It is said that a true intellectual is one who can hear the galop from the William Tell Overture without thinking of The Lone Ranger. I wonder if the same could be said of someone who hears The Devil’s Galop and doesn’t think of Dick Barton, Special Agent? I can’t. Eric Coates’s Music Everywhere is one of his typical bright and breezy marches which brings the first part of the recital to a close.
The remaining five tracks pay tribute to George Melachrino. William Hill–Bowen is a much restrained soloist in Reginald King’s Theme from Runnymede Rhapsody, and it’s a very lovely pastorale. The quality of Robert Farnon’s My Song Of Spring is without question and this arrangement by Melachrino is perfect. Here is an urban, English, waltz! His own Winter Sunshine is a quick study with a golden central section. Aprite Le Finestre is a flirty piece of work and I wonder if anyone remembers that it was the Italian entry in the 1956 Eurovision Song Contest, where it was performed by Franca Raimondi?
All in all, yet another success for a series which I cannot praise too highly. The transfers are good, if at times a bit hard-pressed, I suppose that this is because the stereo sound on these early LPs wasn’t as good, and smooth, as it subsequently became. But this is a small point and if you turn the volume control down a little all is well. The notes, as usual, are helpful, and the presentation is excellent.

Bob Briggs



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.