Richard Blackford

a new Lyrita
Lyrita Premiere Recordings

Nimbus on-line

Piano Trios
  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

Free classical music concerts by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

British composers

  • 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

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: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Domenico CIMAROSA (1749-1801)
Requiem in G minor [51:45]
Adriana Kucerová (soprano); Terézia Kružliaková (alto); L’udovit Ludha (tenor); Gustáv Belácek (bass); Trinity Choir; Lúcnica Chorus
Capella Istropolitana/Kirk Trevor
rec. Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava, May-June 2008. DDD
NAXOS 8.572371 [51:45]

Experience Classicsonline

Cimarosa’s Requiem is a curious choice for Naxos to have recorded. A work that seems to offer the promise of dramatic intensity and operatic flair turns out to be a rather flat affair that, once heard, is instantly forgettable.

Composed in 1787 while Cimarosa was engaged at the court of Catherine the Great of Russia, the Requiem was penned to mark the death of the wife of the French ambassador in St Petersburg. It is scored for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, as well as a four-part chorus and full orchestra. It was written after Cimarosa had already established a hugely successful reputation as an opera composer – although he was yet to compose his greatest success, Il Matrimonia Segreto (The Secret Marriage) in Vienna four years later.

The work starts attractively enough, with a darkly stirring orchestral introduction leading to a sombre Introit and Kyrie. Thereafter the Requiem – which was reportedly written in a hurry – fails to move off the starting blocks. The average quality of the writing is not helped much by a very cautious performance. The Slovakian soloists and chorus traipse along without much interest, while the orchestra under Kirk Trevor is barely noticeable. Tenor L’udovit Ludha makes an ill-judged stab at passionate singing at the opening of the ‘Preces meae’ (track 11), but this merely sounds forced and pained for both singer and listener.

Only the ‘Rex tremendae’ (track 8) gives a glimpse of what might have been. The short movement – just over a minute long – has a rhythmic vigour that propels the choral singing forward, and the string writing is, for a change, relatively sophisticated. The ‘Lacrimosa’ (track 13) is also pleasantly appealing, with some varied solo passages and an affecting ‘Amen’ chorus. But when one considers that Mozart’s Requiem was just four years away, there is simply no comparison.

John-Pierre Joyce





























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.