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

CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download: Classicsonline

Jesús RUEDA (b. 1961)
Piano Music
Mephisto (1999) [5:33]
Piano Sonata No. 1, ‘Jeux d’eau’ (1991) [9:02]
Invenciones (excerpts) (2003) [6:22]
Piano Sonata No. 2, ‘Ketjak’ (2005) [9:13]
24 Interludes (2003) [32:46]
Ananda Sukarlan (piano)
rec. February and July 2007, Conservatorio de Amaniel, Madrid
NAXOS 8.572075 [62:56]

Experience Classicsonline

Rueda has an extensive catalogue to his name, embracing all the expected byways and highways, ranging from solo piano to large-scale opera - and stops in between. This particular disc focuses on some of the piano works, which range from 1991 to 2005.

Mephisto clearly evokes Liszt linguistically and it does so too musically. This is a daemonic opus that spends its five minutes in a battery of unremitting demands, all of which Ananda Sukarlan meets with sangfroid. Exciting though it is it’s also somewhat exhausting. The Piano Sonata No. 1, ‘Jeux d’eau’ is entirely different; a complete contrast. Written eight years earlier it offers instead Ravelian textures and glinting impressionistically-derived hues and colouration. True, there is the occasional gruff and bad-tempered chordal outburst but these act to break up the limpid suggestibility of the writing generally. The final section is more barbarically engaged however, scampering and explicit.

Back in 2003 Rueda wrote Invenciones, for children, a selection of which is presented. I’m not sure how many he has written in total - at least 29 because we get that one here, though it’s teasingly called To be continued. In any case Sukarlan plays nine. They’re tiny, delightful affairs, half a minute long, full of ‘insistent’ chords or lyric surprise (such as the punning Inner Piece [No.24]). Of sterner stuff is the Second Piano Sonata that follows. It’s very different from the 1991 sonata in its muscular trajectory and means, and in its absorption of non-European music - Balinese in this case. The notes talk of jazz influence as well but I can’t hear much - maybe some, half way through in its more staccato-obsessed moments. Textures are busy, though not unremittingly so, but watch out for a grandstand finish. He certainly has a gift for the theatrical and driving.

The final work was written in 2003, a couple of years before the Second Sonata; the 24 Interludes. They are 24 character studies, brief in the main - not one breaches three minutes - that make their mark with precision. They range from wistful and refractory to ebullient and assertive. Some are clearly song based or song derived, whilst others have geographical associations (Bali again, amongst others). We can enjoy the slow harmonic drift on the Canción de cuna or the funky Chopin-meets-Nancarrow heroics of No.10 - called, not inappropriately, Chopin. Balinese music is evoked by treble trills, there’s elsewhere delicate tracery, as well as a pop song sensibility [No.20 a Berceuse]. Prokofiev stalks the final one, a Toccata. Influences; Scriabin, Nancarrow, and Prokofiev.

Rueda’s piano works cover something of a spectrum; driving, pliant, terse, elliptical, embracing Bali and Scriabin, as well as powerhouse pianism. Sukarlan, well recorded, is equal to all challenges.

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.