One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,928 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

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas
All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Salon Treasures from the Max Jaffa Library



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
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
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



Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

Eloquence recordings
All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

July 2022

John Luther Adams Houses of the Wind
John Luther Adams
Houses of the Wind

Horneman Alladin
Horneman Alladin

Stojowski piano concertos
Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Vaughan Williams on Brass

Yi Lin Jiang - Dualis I

June 2022

Beethoven Sonatas 29, 32

Orchestral Works

String Quartets Vol 1




CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Julius Klengel - a Celebration
Julius KLENGEL (1859-1933)
Capriccio on a theme of Schumann for unaccompanied cello [16:33]
Three pieces for two cellos and organ [16:11]
Kleine Suite for three cellos [17:30]
Impromptu for four cellos [5:25]
Hymnus for twelve cellos [5:24]
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Sarabande [3:13]
Giuseppe TARTINI (1692-1770)
Adagio [2:55]
Bernhard COSSMANN (1822-1910)
Tarantelle [2:21]
David POPPER (1843-1913)
Mazurka [3:24]
Julius Klengel (cello: Bach, Tartni, Cossmann, Popper)
Raphael Wallfisch (cello: Capriccio)
Sebastian Comberti (cello: Three Pieces, Kleine Suite, Impromptu)
Sarah Butcher (cello: Three Pieces, Kleine Suite, Impromptu)
Joely Koos (cello: Kleine Suite)
Julia Desbruslais, Ben Chappell (cello: Impromptu)
Cello Classics Ensemble (Hymnus)
Martin Ennis (organ: Three Pieces)
rec. 3 May 2011, St Silas, London (Capriccio), 16 April 2009 and 22 September 2010 (other compositions by Klengel)
no information on recording dates or places for the remaining items which are re-mastered by Morgan Roberts

Sound Samples & Downloads

12 Cellisten der Berlin Philharmoniker
Suite in D major [14:02]
Julius KLENGEL (1859-1933)
Hymnus for twelve cellos [6:31]
Boris BLACHER (1903-1973)
Blues, Espagnola, Rumba philharmonica [12:39]
Jean FRANÇAIS (1912-1997)
Aubade [14:43]
12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Eberhard Finke, Ottomar Borwitzky, Wolfgang Böttcher, Peter Steiner, Heinrich Majowski, Gerhard Woschny, Rudolf Weinsheimer, Christoph Kapler, Alexander Wedow, Klaus Häussler, Jörg Baumann, Götz-Wolfgang Teutsch)
rec. 30 September 1975, Nationalgalerie, Berlin
ACANTA 233497 [48:02]
Experience Classicsonline

As well as such artists as Paganini and Liszt who are well known to the wider musical world as both instrumentalists and composers there exists a second group whose reputation is largely confined to players and devotees of their own instruments. Such a one is Julius Klengel, who is remembered as a teacher as well as a composer and performer. His pupils at the Leipzig Conservatoire included Feuermann, Suggia and Piatigorsky. He wrote many technical exercises and produced editions of many works for cello by other composers as well as original works. It is only proper that a label entitled Cello Classics should pay tribute to him, and this they have done in an imaginative and largely satisfactory way.
Let me get the only - minor - criticism out of the way quickly. Klengel made a number of recordings as a player, four of which are included here. They certainly make fascinating listening, illustrating very well the extensive use of portamento referred to in Sarah Butcher’s notes. No indication is given however of the dates or circumstances under which they were recorded. The transfers seem clear and appear to suggest two distinct dates, but this is mere guesswork. The more showy pieces sound best, the Bach and Tartini by comparison sounding effortful as well as inevitably being played in a style which is not fashionable today. My criticism is of the lack of information which prevents the listener placing these recordings in relation to Klengel’s wider career and teaching. In themselves they are interesting but they do not add much to this picture of Klengel.
For that we have to go to his own compositions, presented imaginatively in increasing order of the number of cellos employed. First comes the lengthy Capriccio for unaccompanied cello, played with total conviction and great virtuosity by Raphael Wallfisch. This is a technical tour de force, employing just about every device available to the instrument. As a way of demonstrating the full range of a player’s abilities it must be unequalled. For the listener it can seem a little unrelenting at times; I am glad to have heard it, especially in such a performance, but I do not think I am likely to wish to repeat the experience very often.
The remaining works however I have already listened to repeatedly with increasing pleasure. No stylistic boundaries are extended, and there is little here that might be described as being of great musical consequence, but they are unfailingly beautiful and illuminatingly laid out for the instruments concerned. If after listening to the works for two and three cellos you had come to the conclusion that Klengel was a rather serious, even solemn, figure the Impromptu may change your mind. It was presumably written for a specific occasion and starts with Now thank we all our God and ends with Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. Best of all is the well-known Hymnus for twelve cellos, written to the memory of the conductor Nikisch and played at his funeral. It has the merits of brevity, beauty and obvious sincerity. Like all the pieces for multiple cellos here it is played and recorded faultlessly.
The other disc also includes the Hymnus, again in a very convincing performance, but the remaining contents of this somewhat ungenerously filled disc of a public concert are very different. It starts with an arrangement of a Suite by David Funck. This is pleasant and undemanding if scarcely compelling. The Blacher and Français items are of much greater interest, both being written especially for “the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic”. The former makes use of aspects of the various idioms referred to in its title without being a mere pastiche. The latter is in six short movements, none longer than three and a half minutes, and makes imaginative use of the skill of the twelve players all within in the composer’s familiar idiom.
Both discs have an obvious appeal to cellists, but it would be a great pity if others were to ignore them because of this specialist appeal. If I had to choose I would go for the Klengel for the chance to explore the possibilities he exploits with different combinations of cellos, but the breathtaking virtuosity of the Berlin cellists is also well worth hearing. If you enjoy the sound of multiple cellos it may be better not to choose but to have both.
John Sheppard

see also review of the Klengel celebration disc by Jonathan Woolf









































































































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.