Schubert sonatas

Newest Releases

Piano solo and duet
  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: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Die Schöne Müllerin [65:23]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone); Gerald Moore (piano)
rec. 1951
no text or translations included
REGIS RRC1383 [65:23]

Experience Classicsonline

Fischer-Dieskau recorded Die Schöne Müllerin with Gerald Moore three times. He also made versions with other great pianists as late as 1991 when he was joined by Alfred Brendel. In addition he performed it live on many occasions. I imagine that some of those performances were also recorded. The present account is however very special. It is the HMV - as it then was - recording made in 1951. It was the first time these artists had recorded the work, and was indeed made not long after they had first worked together. It is certainly possible to argue that it was bettered by their later versions in some respects. There is however a special freshness about this that is surely appropriate to the cycle itself.
Right from the first song – Das Wandern – it becomes obvious that although this cycle does contain a high proportion of strophic songs there will be no risk of monotony. The changing moods and character of the text of each verse of this and the other strophic songs are strongly characterised. There’s no hint of the exaggeration, fussiness even, that some critics find on this singer’s recordings. The special character of each song is brought out – in Pause the idle strumming of the lute, the miller’s voice in Am Feierabend, the sense of stretching after a good night’s sleep in Morgengruss, and so on. The final song – Das Baches Wiegenlied – is not rushed but is sung as the prescribed two in a bar. This gives it a gentle rocking motion rather than the heavy four-in-a-bar heard from some other performers. Best of all this detailed and perceptive musical and dramatic characterisation is achieved with singing of the greatest beauty. There is no sense of heaviness and at no time does the listener wish for a tenor instead of a baritone. There is indeed a total identification of the performers with the hapless storyteller.
All in all this is a recording which should be in the collection of anyone with a love for the music of Schubert, however many other recordings they have of the cycle. I no longer have a copy of the original disc but what is heard here sounds good for its age and there is no need to be concerned about the recording as such. My only complaint would be over the lack of text or translation. When these can easily be obtained from a variety of websites it would be hard to regard this as a serious matter in this instance.
John Sheppard












































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.