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

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
Sound Samples & Downloads

For Eternity
Alfredo CATALANI (1854 – 1893)
1. Ebben? Ne Andrò lontana (La Wally) [3:37]
Antonin DVORAK (1841 – 1904)
2. Song to the Moon (Rusalka) [5:59]
Pablo LUNA (1880 – 1942)
3. Canción Española (El Niño Judío) [5:18]
Georges BIZET (1838 – 1875)
4. Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante (Carmen) [5:00]
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858 – 1924)
5. Un bel di, vedremo (Madama Butterfly) [4:18]
Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891 – 1982)
6. La Petenera (La Marchenera) [2:54]
Leo DELIBES (1836 – 1891)
7. Les Filles de Cadix [3:15]
8. Crisantemi [6:18]
9. Vissi d’arte (Tosca) [3:24]
Charles GOUNOD (1818 – 1893)
10. L’Air des bijoux (Faust) [4:38]
11. Si, mi chiamano Mimi (La Bohème) [4:53]
Enrique GRANADOS (1867 – 1916)
12. La Maja y el Ruiseñor (Goyescas) [6:22]
Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1858 – 1919)
13. Qual fiamma avea nel guardo … Stridono lassù (Pagliacci) [4:40]
Bonus track:
Andrej BABIC (?)
14. For Eternity [3:11]
Celine Byrne (soprano)
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Marco Zambelli
rec. National Concert Hall, Dublin, 17-18 May 2010
No texts enclosed
RTE LYRIC FM CD 128 [63:53]

Experience Classicsonline

The Irish soprano Celine Byrne has, not least through her collaboration with José Carreras, appeared in many concerts around the world. She has built up an operatic repertoire of around a dozen roles, some of which are represented on the present disc. She has a beautiful lirico-spinto voice with enough power for the dramatic climaxes to ring out.. Her timbre is actually more mezzo than soprano but she has no difficulty with encompassing the highest notes. A lot of the songs and arias on this disc are impressively sung but I feel that she has not yet grown into some of the roles. She seems to feel at home in La Wally (tr. 1) and she sings the Song to the Moon from Rusalka beautifully. The aria from the zarzuela El Niño Judio is simply glorious but I would have liked her to scale down for the more lyrical moments.

In Micala’s aria from Carmen she manages this admirably with some really fine nuanced singing. The Butterfly aria opens rather blandly but later on she shows more true feeling. One of the best tracks is Torroba’s La Petenera which offers glorious singing and fiery temperament. Here she is impressive. Les Filles de Cadix is light and charming with a fine sense for the rhythms. I don’t think Tosca as a character has quite settled yet but vocally Byrne has the measure of Vissi d’arte. Stage experience would deepen the reading, but though she has sung Marguerite the Jewel aria just seems to be skimming the surface. There is no doubt, however, that she has the technical qualifications.

Mimi’s aria from the first act of La Bohème finds Byrne at her very best. This is a touching portrait of the seamstress, whose fragility is well depicted. The aria from Goyescas, not heard in recital very often, which is a pity, was an inspired choice and besides Ms Byrne’s confident and beautiful singing one can also admire the orchestra with lush strings and fine woodwind. Nedda’s aria from Pagliacci is another winner, beautiful and with brilliant top notes.

The bonus track, For Eternity, was written by Croatian Andrej Babic, who has composed many Eurovision songs since 2003 and is renowned for having written songs for four different countries, including Portugal. This one has a beautiful melody and Celine Byrne sings it well and with feeling. I can’t help feeling, though, that the finale, with chorus and orchestra is a bit over the top – but this is part of the genre.

As an interlude (tr. 8) we get a purely orchestral number, Puccini’s Crisantemi, which originally was written for string quartet. With double basses added for deeper sonorities it works well also for string orchestra.

The recording is fully worthy of the occasion and the orchestra play well. Celine Byrne has a fine voice and she employs it with taste and musicality. With some more stage experience she will find even more expressive means but already she has a great deal to offer also as an interpreter.

Göran Forsling










































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.