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

 


New App by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for iOS and Android!


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 


Availability
Pristine Classical

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
Piano Concerto in G major (1931) [20:27] ¹
Piano Concerto in G major (1931) [22:21] ²
Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974)
Piano Concerto No.1 op.127 (1933) [12:25]
L’automne Op.115 No.2 Alfama (1932) [2:38]
Saudades do Brazil Op.67 No.12 Paysandú (1920-21) [1:46]
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Arabesques 1 Andantino con moto [3:21]: 2 Allegretto scherzando (1888-91) [3:12]
Estampes - Jardins sous la pluie (1903) [3:08]
La plus que lente (1910) [3:38]
Marguerite Long (piano)
Orchestre Symphonique/Pedro de Freitas Branco ¹
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/Georges Tzipine ²
rec. Paris 1932-52
PRISTINE AUDIO PASC 285 [72:56]

Experience Classicsonline




This disc gives us the rare opportunity to hear Marguerite Long perform on a single disc the Ravel Concerto in the two recordings she made. The first was made in 1932, conducted by Pedro de Freitas Branco – the long fiction that this was conducted personally by the composer was ended years ago – and the second followed twenty years later, when Georges Tzipine was the conductor. The earlier recording is the one more often encountered on disc, so it’s good to hear the later version, though not everyone will be keen as mustard to have the duplication.

The 1932 performance is brisk, business-like, rather boxily recorded, and sometimes indifferently performed by the anonymous orchestra. That said, it has real personality and a sense of occasion. Long is far faster here in the first two movements than she was in the 1952 recording. This has the advantage of strong, rhythmic dynamism, but the disadvantage of seeming slightly matter-of-fact in the slow movement. In her second recording she is more circumspect, and occasionally this leads to a slight feeling of a lack of direction in the first movement. I do, however, prefer the generosity of phrasing in the Adagio assai where she adds a minute and a quarter to her earlier recording’s timing, and it makes a difference. It’s now less chipped and brittle, rounder of tone and more long-breathed in phrasing – less detached, really, and less objectified, albeit more conventionally beautiful. Some may yet prefer the more taut construction of the 78 set.

There’s also the chance to hear Milhaud’s go-getting pocket 1933 First Piano Concerto – all twelve or so minutes of it – in this first-ever 1935 recording with the composer this time very definitely on the rostrum. This is a juicy, freewheeling and virtuosic work that plumbs absolutely no expressive depths and doesn’t mean to either. The highlight, of the work and the recording, is the lovely fluid Barcarolle second movement which is very lightly textured, well balanced – the violin and wind balancing is good here – and played beautifully. Then Long unleashes some powerful chordal roulades in the mock pompous finale.

The ‘fillers’ are just as good; more Milhaud solo works where the brio of Alfama contrasts with the brooding Paysandú, and then a perhaps even more important quartet of Debussy works. There are the Arabesques, a glittering and excellently recorded Jardins sous la pluie, and a lovely La plus que lente. Given her position as a leading exponent of the composer’s music these are important documents – as indeed is everything on this well transferred and engaging disc.

Jonathan Woolf



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

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

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      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

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

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

Comment
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

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
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
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
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
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
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.