Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

in the first division

extraordinary by any standards

An excellent disc

a new benchmark

summation of a lifetime’s experience.

Piano Concertos 1 and 2
Surprise Best Seller and now

A Garland for John McCabe


DIETHELM Symphonies

The best Rite of Spring in Years

BACH Magnificat

Brian Symphs 8, 21, 26

Just enjoy it!

La Mer Ticciati








Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

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
Senior Editor
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Luise Adolpha LE BEAU (1850-1927)
3 Klavierstücke, op.1 [6:13]
Original-Thema mit Variationen, op.3 [6:11]
Sonata, op.8 [14:07]
8 Präludien, op.12 [9:44]
Improvisata, op.30 [4:38]
Gavotte, op.32 [3:42]
Ballade, op.47 [7:46]
3 Danze antiche, op.48 [5:55]
Deutscher Reigen, op.49 [4:47]
Trauermarsch, op.53 [4:07]
3 Klavierstücke op.57 no.1 & no.2 [4:47]
Barcarole, op.59 [3:58]
Abendklänge, op.64 [3:37]
Free download bonuses:
Concert-Etüde op.2 [2:55]
Im Walde op.63 [3:56]
3 Klavierstücke Op. 57 no.3 [3:09]
Ana-Marija Markovina (piano)
Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld, Germany, May 2010. DDD
GENUIN GEN 10177 [79:48]

Experience Classicsonline

The disc is nearly German composer Luise Le Beau's complete works for piano: three pieces did not fit on this very generously stuffed release but can be downloaded for free from Genuin's website. The three downloads come as MP3s encoded at an impressive-sounding 256kbps, and can be accessed using a username and password included in the CD booklet. The downloads are not discussed in the liner-notes, but then neither, unfortunately, are any of the other works - instead, the listener must make do with a short, rather starchy essay entitled "Is composing a male domain?", by one Professor Helmut Reuter of Bremen University, followed by a paean to Croatian pianist Ana-Marija Markovina.

Markovina's name also features far more prominently on the front cover, so perhaps this CD is really primarily a showcase for her musicianship. She certainly plays all the notes in the right order, but Le Beau's piano works stop well short of the level of profundity the best pianists thrive on. Not that Le Beau's music is unappealing. The early works are very reminiscent of Chopin - the Three Pieces op.1 or the 8 Preludes op.12, for example - and Robert Schumann: the Piano Sonata in A minor op.8; even Clara Schumann - Original-Thema mit Variationen, op.3. But the point is that Le Beau was still only a small child when Robert Schumann died, and had not even been born when Chopin died. In other words, her music is conservative - and wears that fact proudly on its sleeve.

Consequently there is nothing new in it all, though she clearly had a passion for forte and fortissimo markings, which crop up with far more frequency than softer passages. The longest work is the Piano Sonata, which is still less than 15 minutes; the rest is generally of salon piece length, though it may be a little harsh to label it as such. The works are conveniently arranged on the disc in order of opus number, from which it will soon become evident to the listener that Le Beau's music did not change very much over time - the later works still sound like Chopin and the Schumanns!

The sound quality on this recording is generally pretty good, although the tone of the piano, a Steinway D, does sound, rather surprisingly, slightly harsh in places. The glossy booklet is attractive in some ways, trying in others, one of which - the complete lack of information about the pieces, and next to nothing about Le Beau - has already been mentioned. There are also six separate photos of Markovina - surely overkill, even if she does have long dark wavy hair? The track listing is also disappointing: individual movements are listed either in mid grey on light grey or mid grey on black, unnecessarily reducing legibility to an eye-straining degree.

Two minor points relating to the New Grove Dictionary: regarding the 'complete' piano music label, New Grove also lists a set of 6 Fugues (Studies) op.21, published undated in Leipzig - why was that omitted? And NG gives Abendklänge as Le Beau's op.63, not 64 as stated on the disc, which is a Sanctus for women's chorus.

It may not be fair to judge Le Beau solely by her piano music. She also wrote much vocal and choral music, as well as chamber music, orchestral works and two operas, which it would be nice to be able to hear. But her piano music is pleasant enough, in an undemanding sort of way, as this CD testifies.






















































































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.