£16 post free World-wide

 


555 sonatas 9Cds mp3 files
Only £22


 


Benjamin: Written on Skin £16

Search
What's New
Previous CDs
Concerts
Jazz
Nostalgia
Composers
Resources
Announce
Labels index


Every day we post 10 new Classical CD and DVD reviews. A free weekly summary is available by e-mail. MusicWeb is not a subscription site. To keep it free please purchase discs through our links.

  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    



Some items
to consider


Shostakovich 14 Petrenko


Rachmaninov #3
Prokofiev #2

 


Dunedin Consort

Peter Grimes

Hymn of Jesus: Sea Drift

Complete Mozart Edition
Mozart complete edition

Vaughan Williams Symphonies 5 & 8 £11

Weiner, Klepper, Bloch, Schulhoff £12 post free


Available again

REVIEW
RECORDING OF THE MONTH




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
CDAccord
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter
 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK

Golden Jubilee! - Celebrating the Harrison & Harrison Organ of Coventry Cathedral in its Golden Jubilee Year
see end of review for track listing
Kerry Beaumont (organ)
rec. Coventry Cathedral, England. No dates given. DDD
HERALD HAVPCD 377 [74:53] 

Experience Classicsonline


The original 14th century church of St. Michael - Coventry Cathedral from 1918 onwards - was all but destroyed in World War II. Beside its ruins was built a brand-new St Michael's, consecrated in all its modernist glory in 1962. In tandem with many other organised events, this deluxe recording celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this visionary cathedral and its massive Harrison & Harrison organ, with a generous and varied programme of short works, including many world premieres, from some of the UK's finest living composers.
 
With an average track length of four-and-a-half minutes, the listener could be forgiven for expecting no real depth to these pieces. However, whilst some do indeed lean, appropriately enough, towards the optimistic and lively, numerous others demonstrate how just much atmosphere and interest can be packed into less than five minutes on the king of instruments. Opening and closing with the two longest works, respectively Jonathan Dove's Niagara, cascading and secular, and John Casken's Sacrificium, dramatical and quasi-mystical, the listener is treated to a five-star tour of imaginative miniatures.
 
In their series 'Great European Organs', Priory Records devoted volume 25 to Coventry's Harrison & Harrison (PRCD373). Despite its almost futuristic design, its stupendous sound is in some respects almost traditional. For sightseers there may not be many reasons to travel to Coventry, but the Cathedral should top any list, and no visitor should pass up a chance to hear this marvellous instrument. For all those unable to make it, the sound is superbly captured by Herald's engineer, David Wright: this must be one of the finest organ recordings of the year.
 
Former student of the great improviser Pierre Cochereau, and Cathedral Director of Music since 2006, Kerry Beaumont gives a masterly performance, confident, expressive, technically brilliant, and making the most of this particular organ's amazing capabilities, not least through his choice of registers. The booklet provides detailed notes on every piece, a biography of Beaumont and a full description and specification of the organ, including even a page of sketches! One small blemish aside - a typo which has Grayston Ives still going strong at 164 years old! - this is a rock-solid pleasure-thing for all organ fans.
 
Byzantion
Collected reviews and contact at artmusicreviews.co.uk
 
Track listing
Jonathan DOVE (b.1959)
Niagara [7:23]
Philip MOORE (b.1943)
Paean [3:01]
Bob CHILCOTT (b.1955)
Sun Dance [3:16]
James MacMILLAN (b.1959)
Meditation [6:04]
Offertorium [5:37]
Bryan KELLY (b.1934)
Exultate [4:00]
David BEDFORD (1937-2011)
Carillon [3:50]
Grayston IVES (b.1948)
Processional [4:16]
William MATHIAS (1934-1992)
Processional [3:22]
Judith BINGHAM (b.1952)
St Bride, Assisted by Angels [5:55]
Simon PRESTON (b.1938)
Alleluyas [4:39]
David MATTHEWS (b.1943)
Invocation [3:51]
John MADDEN (b.1956)
Tuba Magna [3:24]
Philip WILBY (b.1949)
Pensiero - Finale (from: For the Iron Voice) [5:54]
John CASKEN (b.1949)
Sacrificium [8:28]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.