One of the most grown-up review sites around
One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here


International mailing

Up to 40% off

  Founder: Len Mullenger

Some items
to consider

Yes we are selling
Acte Prealable again!

we also sell Skarbo

and Oboe Classics


with Eggebrecht we get all the excitement we can handle

Book 1 Book 2 Book3
Mota The Triptych: -Website

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

Vraiment magnifique!

Quite splendid

Winning performances

Mahler Symphony 8
a magnificent disc

a huge talent

A wonderful disc

Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21
A handsome tribute!

Roth’s finest Mahler yet

Mahler 9 Blomstedt
Distinguished performance



We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews

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


Buy through MusicWeb
for £5.99 postage paid UK/EU.

Musicweb Purchase button

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Oboe Concerto (1945) [24:15]
*Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche, op.28 (1895) [15:01]
*Der Rosenkavalier - 'First' Waltz Sequence (1944) [11:32]
*Der Rosenkavalier - Second Waltz Sequence (1911) [8:17]
Witold LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994)
Concerto, for oboe, harp and chamber orchestra (1979-80) [19:26]
Heinz Holliger (oboe); Ursula Holliger (harp)
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Michael Gielen; *Thomas Schippers
rec. 11 April 1983. *1976. No venues given. DDD. *ADD.
ALTO ALC 1134 [78:56]

Experience Classicsonline

This is a re-mastered re-release of material from the early days of digital recording and before. The Holliger/Gielen works come from a 1984 Vox Cum Laude/Conifer CD (MCD 10006), although the Strauss Concerto also appeared on Regis a decade ago (review).
The remaining Strauss items come, most latterly, from a Vox double disc shared with Schubert's Ninth Symphony (CD2X 5140). For all the excitement of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's performances under Thomas Schippers, these recordings, dating back to 1976, shortly before Schippers' untimely death, are okay rather than brilliant. They’re slightly flat, somewhat undefined in the higher registers, and, in the Rosenkavalier sequences - those made by Strauss himself, by the way - subject to occasional minor technical blips in places. For example, about one third of the way through the shorter of the two there is a momentary jolt and then an editing join, discreet but not quite discreet enough.
Sound quality is considerably better in the digital recordings, especially after having been rejuvenated by Paul Arden-Taylor's re-mastering. It must be said, however, that the digital manipulation is not without after-effect - this is more top-end mp3 sound than lossless. Holliger gives a splendid performance, if slightly reticent perhaps, in the Strauss Concerto, which dates from the same time as his better-known Metamorphosen, and is as lyrically nostalgic as that work is opulently desolate. Lutoslawski's Concerto is a different thing altogether, and with its frequent modernistic turns and techniques - including dodecaphony, atonality, aleatoricism - makes for a strange companion piece: in fact, the front cover billing almost makes it seem like an afterthought-cum-filler. Nevertheless, it is a thrilling, compelling work, one of the finest concertos of the 20th century for oboe. There is probably nothing written for that instrument that is so difficult that Holliger could not play it in his sleep, and so it proves here, but at least Lutoslawski gets his money's worth out of him and his wife Ursula, who provides brilliant obbligato accompaniment. By coincidence, this Alto re-packaging was released at almost the same time as another reading of the Lutoslawski, a tremendous account by Nicholas Daniel and Lucy Wakeford on CD Accord, volume 3 in that label's excellent complete works of Lutoslawski series - see review.
Given the fact that these recordings are not as good as they could be, Alto might have made some amends by providing more information about the works and recordings. For example, absent are opus/catalogue numbers, dates and places of recordings, an unambiguous reference to their original source, the composition date of Till Eulenspiegel. Both Concertos, furthermore, might at least have been spliced into separate tracks for each movement.
On the other hand, the booklet notes are new, and make for very good reading, and the CD itself gives almost the full eighty minutes. All in all, at a relatively knockdown price (£5.99 post-free in the UK and EU on MusicWeb International, for example) this may still be worth consideration, at least for the two recordings featuring Holliger.
Collected reviews and contact at


































































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.