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


Obtain 10% discount


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


Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom
Ph. 020 8418 0616


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Cameo Classics
Northern Flowers
Toccata Classics

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get
Alphabetical Listing


Click for alphabetical listings by composer:
[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Totenfeier, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Sarah Connolly (mezzo) O Age of Enlightenment/Vladimir Jurowski rec. 2011 SIGNUM SIGCD259 [38:18] [MC]

Not exceptional but certainly impressive in spite of short playing time. 

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Arnold Schoenberg/Rainer Riehn) Jane Irwin (mezzo); Peter Wedd (tenor) Manchester Camerata/Douglas Boyd rec. 2010 AVIE AV 2195 [60:32] [JQ]

An act of homage by Schoenberg but no substitute for Mahlerís wonderful, luminous original.

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 1 Baltimore SO/Marin Alsop rec. 2008 NAXOS 8.572207 [54:55] [JWh]

A really satisfying Mahler 1. 

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 4 (arr. Erwin Stein) Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Nuits d’Été (arr. David Matthews) Heather Shipp (mezzo) O of The Swan/David Curtis rec. 2009 SOMM RECORDINGS SOMMCD 245 [79:50] [JQ]

Well worth investigating if you’re attracted to hearing ‘Mahler lite’. 

Gustav MAHLER (1860 - 1911) Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Quartettsatz Ferruccio BUSONI (1866 - 1924) Berceuse élégiaque Sara Mingardo (contralto) Musici Aurei/Luigi Piovano rec. 2011 ELOQUENTIA EL 1233 [62:21] [GF]

Part of the vogue for recording Mahler songs in reduced versions for chamber sized orchestra. 


Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890-1959) Piano Quintet see Dawn of Czech Modernism

Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934) Symphony 1, Mavis in Las Vegas BBC Philharmonic/Peter Maxwell Davies rec. 1994/97 NAXOS 8.572348 [68:03] [DM]

Great fun; a reminder of the composerís relaxed, more genial side.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Elijah Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly, Robert Murray, Simon Keenlyside, Wrocław Philharmonic Ch; Gabrieli Consort, Young Singers Scheme & Players/Paul McCreesh rec. 2011/12 SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD300 [68:30 + 67:28] [ST]

Worth every bit as much praise as McCreesh’s Berlioz. 

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Choral works St Albans Abbey Girls Ch, Lay Clerks of St Albans Cathedral Ch/Tom Winpenny (organ) Peter Holder (organ) rec.2011 NAXOS 8.572836 [77:08] [JS]

A refreshing, enjoyable and well filled disc.

Frederico MOMPOU (1893-1987) Preludes 5-10, Canciónes y danzas 5-12, Impresiones intimas Olena Kushpler (piano) rec. 2011 CAPRICCIO C5115 [63:47] [JW]

A warmly textured series of performances, well recorded. 

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Bassoon Concerto Antonio ROSETTI (1750-1792) Bassoon Concertos Kurpfalzisches Kammerochester, Orchestra/Eckhart Hubner (bassoon) rec. 2012 CPO 777 742-2 [57:46] [BMcC]

A sense of wonder, hopefulness and optimism.

Modest Petrovich MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881) Boris Godunov Yevgeny Nesterenko (bass)Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre/A.Rybnov Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra/Mark Ermler rec. 1982 ALTO ALC 2504 [3 CDs: 61:22 + 49:14 + 79:06][RB]

A Bolshoi recording - theatricality, both brazen and tender, is a given.


Vitězslav NOVÁK (1870-1949) Piano Quintet see Dawn of Czech Modernism

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819 - 1880) La belle Hélène, Orphée aux enfers Dame Felicity Lott, Michel Sénéchal, Natalie Dessay, Yann Beuron Les Musiciens du Louvre, Opéra National de Lyon/Marc Minkowski rec. 1997/2000 ARTHAUS MUSIK 107 506 [123:00 + 153:00] [GF]

Superb singing and playing. 

George ONSLOW (1784-1853) Piano Sonata, Six Pièces, Toccata see SPOHR

Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Carmina Burana Kiera Duffy (soprano) Marco Panuccio (tenor) Daniel Schmutzhard (baritone) MDR SO & Ch/Kristjan Järvi rec. 2012 SONY CLASSICAL 88725446212 [60:00] [DM]

An anti-climax in every sense; one for the sale bins. 

Charles Hubert Hastings PARRY (1848-1918) Cello sonata see British Works for Cello and Piano

Giovanni Benedetto PLATTI (1697 - 1763) Sonatas Rüdiger Lotter (violin) Sebastian Hess (cello) Florian Birsak (fortepiano) rec. 2010 OEHMS CLASSICS OC836 [73:00] [JV]

An eloquent dialogue between the three instruments. 

Ignaz PLEYEL (1757-1831) String Quartets 'Paris' Vol. 1 Janáček Qt rec. 2011 ARS PRODUKTION ARS 38818 [63:26]   [Byz]

No admirer of Haydn's late String Quartets can fail to be pleased by this disc. 

Seppo POHJOLA (b. 1965) String Quartets 1-4 The Kamus Qt rec. 2010 ALBA ABCD334 [69:50] [HC]

Pohjola's first four string quartets in superb sound and readings. 

Joachim RAFF (1822-1882) Piano Works - Volume 3 Tra Nguyen (piano) rec. 2011 GRAND PIANO GP634 [76:33] [Byz]

An intuitive sense of expression and phrasing brings this magical music to life. 

Max REGER (1873-1916) Violin Sonatas 2 & 3, Romance Ulf Wallin (violin) Roland Pöntinen (piano) rec. 2008 CPO 777445-2 [64:36] [JW]

Offers the genuine Regerian experience. 

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Marie Victoire Takesha Meshé Kizart (soprano) Markus Brück (baritone) Ch & O Deutschen Oper Berlin/Michail Jurowski rec. 2009 CPO 777 121-2 [3 CDs: 164:45] [NB]

A major release of great value and interest. 

Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Scheherazade see BEETHOVEN

Antonio ROSETTI (1750-1792) Bassoon Concertos see MOZART

Gioacchino ROSSINI (1792 -1868) Aureliano in Palmira Kenneth Tarver (tenor) Catriona Smith (soprano) Geoffrey Mitchell Ch, London PO/Maurizio Benini rec. 2010 OPERA RARA ORC46 [3 CDs: 168:43] [RJF]

Not among the greatest of the composer’s operas but a must for all bel canto enthusiasts as well as Rossini completists. 

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868) Complete Overtures Vol. 1 Prague Philharmonic Ch, Prague Sinfonia O/Christian Benda rec. 2011 NAXOS 8.570933 [60:04] [JWh]

Bright and breezy but not quite an outright winner.   

Miklós RÓZSA (1907-1995) Violin concerto, Concerto for String Orchestra, Theme, Variations and Finale Jennifer Pike (violin) BBC Philh/Rumon Gamba rec. 2011/12 CHANDOS CHAN10738 [75:08] [JF]

A superb recording that reveals all the colour and dynamics of these complex and passionate scores. 

Click for alphabetical listings by composer:
[Part 1 New] [Part 2 A-B] [Part 3 C-L]
[Part 4 M-R] [Part 5 S-Z]
[Part 6 Misc A-L] [Part 7 Misc M-Z]
[last 5 days] [Recommended recordings]





























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.