One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,416 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


100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas

FOGHORN Classics

Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

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



Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat



Recordings of the Month



From Ocean’s Floor


Conner Riddle Songs

Rodzinski Sibelius

Of Innocence and Experience




CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Carl DAVIS (b. 1936)
Carl Davis Collection - Carl’s War
The World at War (1972) (2010 Concert Version) [5:11]
Goodnight Mr Tom (1998) (Arrival; Going Fishing; Return to London; Finale) [15:25]
Echoes That Remain (Theme; Shtetl Main Street; Pogroms I-II; Names and Saying; Spring Cemetery; Holidays I-II Remember) [16:43]
Anne Frank Remembered (Disappearance; Attic; Death of Anne Frank) (1995) [12:42]
Rhapsody on Themes from The Snow Goose (1971) [18:16]
Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Carl Davis
rec. 27-29 June 2010, Czech National Symphony Orchestra Studio, Prague

Experience Classicsonline

Carl Davis has distinguished himself in many musical fields. His scores for the great silent films including for Abel Gance’s Napoleon are prominent as also is that for Lon Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera. He puts himself on the line in writing such music and has carried this off with considerable success often in live events he conducts to accompany modern day showings of these films. His work for British film music is a feature of his concerts and dates back to that mini-series of unhackneyed concerts on BBC Radio 3 in March 1995. There have also been ballets including one, A Simple Man based on the life of L.S. Lowry. He assisted Sir Paul McCartney in the production of his Liverpool Oratorio. His TV scores are numerous, are magnificently memorable and include the whoopingly ebullient one for the BBC’s much repeated Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle. It’s hinted at in the Goodnight Mr Tom music (tr. 3). Going further back I still very fondly recall his pastoral-poignant music for Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge (BBC, 1972) with Alan Bates as Michael Henchard.

The World at War piece with acrid tragedy gives the sense of a great remorseless wave, bitter and with little consolation. The echoes threaded through the music are Czech and Russian. There is a complete CD dedicated to The World at War – it’s on CDC006. The four movement suite from the music for Jack Gold’s Goodnight Mr Tom is more gently wistful, at times disturbing but also rather pastoral-joyful. The music for Echoes That Remain naturally has strata of Jewish exoticism among the violence. One of the finest inventions is the Spring Cemetery movement with harp ostinato and flute descant. The final Remember is heavy with the sound-world of the Dvorák Cello Concerto leavened with just a hint of Bloch. These moods carry over into the Ann Frank Remembered suite with a Sibelian elegy as the centre of the sequence. The Death of Ann Frank is handled with great sensitivity and the music carries the redolence of the orthodox chant of Rimsky’s Russian Easter Festival. The Rhapsody on themes from The Snow Goose recalls the 36 piece orchestral score for the film featuring Jenny Agutter and Richard Harris. The invention is overwhelmingly romantic – think in terms of the best of John Barry but more so. It is gloriously done here as indeed are all the tracks.

The documentation is good.

Rob Barnett












































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.