£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 AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

Elisenda FÁBREGAS (b. 1955)
Voices of the Rainforest (2007)
Awakening [4:01]
Sago gatherers [2:59]
Evening rainstorm [3:51]
Voices of inside night [6:22]
Night spirits [4:22]
Kate WARING (b. 1953)
Alapana [7:50] (1978)
Libby LARSEN (b. 1950)
Slow Structures (2004)
Mad Wind's Night Work [2:57]
Slow Structures [6:39]
Silent Syllables [2:37]
Snow-Melting Time [5:56]
Chen YI (b. 1953)
Night Thoughts (2004) [8:30]
Meininger Trio (Christiane Meininger (flute), Francoise Groben (cello), Rainer Gepp (piano))
rec. 18-21 January 2010, Bayerische Rundfunk - Studio Franken, Studio 1, Nuremberg, Germany
HÄNSSLER PROFIL PH11039 [56:39]

Experience Classicsonline

In this age of heightened eco-awareness a CD such as this might suggest a worthy but anodyne collection of ‘mood pieces’ that once auditioned is soon forgotten. Nothing could be further from the truth, for these are works of rigour and reward, very well performed by the Meininger Trio. This ensemble was founded in 2000, yet the liner-notes indicate they’ve earned an enviable reputation in just a few years. As for this music, it's blessed with pleasing vigour and sustained invention.
 
Barcelona-born Elisenda Fábregas’s Voices of the Rainforest starts in the steaming jungles of Papua New Guinea; from the absorbing evocations of Awakening - a dawn chorus like no other - to the welcome patter of rain in Evening rainstorm the writing is plain and pithy; yes, there are the usual onomatopoeia - the deluge ends with a gentle, slowing ‘drip’ for the piano - but it’s discreetly done. Christiane Meininger’s alto-flute playing is agile and atmospheric, Francoise Groben’s opening cello tune wonderfully warm and eloquent. The recorded balance is close but not bleached, so individual timbres - in the night music for instance - are keenly registered.
 
American composer Kate Waring’s Alapana takes us west, to India, whose profound mysteries are evoked by a sinuous cello line and piano strings plucked from within the body of the instrument itself. That the now twining, now animated flute doesn’t sound at all hackneyed is testimony to Waring’s tasteful writing and Meininger’s artfully shaded playing. Alapana ends as it began, with the musical equivalent of a cinematic fade to black. This is a gorgeous piece, and one that beckoned me back several times during the course of this review.
 
Libby Larsen’s Slow Structures - a response to the frozen landscapes of Minnesota; it’s an etched and , angular take on the vicissitudes of life in this northern state’s hostile winters, so mercilessly portrayed in the Coen brothers’ dark thriller Fargo. The eponymous Slow Structures is an ice castle of cold beauty and pure stillness, its sculpted flute lines underpinned by a mesmeric cello tune and a restless piano part. This is music of rarefied loveliness, and this trio shape and project it superbly; indeed, Silent Syllables is simply ravishing, the contrasting optimism and warmth of the snow melt a sure harbinger of Spring. Larsen’s subtle range of colours, textures and rhythms is astonishing, making Slow Structures the most accomplished and memorable piece here.
 
If Larsen’s landscape changes with glacial slowness, the Chinese composer Chen Yi’s Night Thoughts moves with rather more alacrity. Based on an ancient poem by Li Bai (701-762) its distinctly eastern sound world - what gorgeous, fibrillating flute figures - merges seamlessly with a chunkier western idiom, epitomised by trenchant writing for the cello and piano. Really, it’s the enchanted flute playing that hovers in, and haunts, the mind long after the music has ebbed into the silence from which it sprang.
 
What a discoveries this trio and these works have turned out to be. I was spellbound by the quality of music and musicianship here, aided and abetted by a recording of sense-twitching tactility and sophistication. Factor in detailed liner-notes with artist bios and illuminating comments on the works played and you have a disc of rare distinction and depth.
 
Utterly absorbing; this music will give lasting pleasure.
 
Dan Morgan
http://twitter.com/mahlerei
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.