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

£11 post-free anywhere
Normal service resumed


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


Recordings of the Month


Beethoven String Quartets

Produzioni Armoniche

Seven Symphonic Poems

Shostakovich VC1 Baiba Skride
Tchaikovsky Symph 5 Nelsons

Vivaldi Violin Concertos



Beethoven Piano Concertos

Stradal Transcriptions

LOSY Note d’oro

Scarlatti Sonatas Vol 2


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

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



CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Azerbaijani Piano Concertos
Fikret AMIROV (1922-1984) and Elmira NAZIROVA (b. 1928)
Piano Concerto after Arabian Themes (1957) [24:56]
Yasif ADIGEZALOV (1935-2006)
Piano Concerto No. 4 (1994) [28:08]
Tofig GULIYEV (1917-2000)
Gaytagi - dance for piano and orchestra (1958-60) [3:41]
Farhad BADALBEYLI (b.1947)
The Sea for piano and orchestra (1977) [7:54]; Shusha (2003) [4:24]
Farhad Badalbeyli (piano)
Murad Adigezalzade (piano)
Joan Rodgers (soprano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Yablonsky
rec. Cadogan Hall, London, 9, 11-12July 2010. DDD
NAXOS 8.572666 [68:52]

Experience Classicsonline

Long ago won over to exotica - at least as filtered through the western cultutre - I find this disc irresistible.

I am a sucker for Rimsky's Capriccio Espagnol, Ippolitov-Ivanov's Mtsyry and Caucasian Sketches, Farwell's Gods of the Mountains, Parker's and Freitas Branco's Vathek and Biarent’s Contes d'Orient along with swathes of similarly minded Herrmann and Rozsa.

The present collection's Arabian rose-petal fragrance is a winner. Take the Amirov Arabian Concerto. It seamlessly and delightfully blends the populist manner of the Kabalevsky piano concertos and Shostakovich 2 with a middle eastern ambience - both sultry and sinister. It's not without romantic grandstanding in a pretty clear echo of Rachmaninov. The Adigezalov is likewise in three movements and also picks up on the Eastern voice. This time it's more in the manner of Khachaturian. This feels a shade more profound than the Amirov. It too has that dapper attack and rhythmic ‘hook’. The Andante is coolly romantic and the final Allegro pounds with euphoria. Guliyev's Gaytagi is flashy with the machine-gun gambolling delivery of a Liszt or Godowsky. It's an affable piece of light music redolent a little of the Litolff Scherzo. Then two pieces by Badalbeyi. The Sea is high calorie stuff with starry sugar-glitter and sentimentality. Shusha is a vocalise to go with those of Rachmaninov and Medtner.

This disc makes a fine companion to Naxos's other two Azerbaijani discs: Amirov's orchestral works on 8.572170 and Karayev's symphony 3 and Leyla and Mejnun on 8.579720. See if you can also track down the long-deleted two Olympias of Amirov's other orchestral music.

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.