Schubert sonatas

Newest Releases

Piano solo and duet
  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

Free classical music concerts by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.


Moravec - Twelfth Night Recital
15%off £17.21 (until Dec 7)

Katerina Englichová - harp
15%0ff £10.83 (until Dec 7)

  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo
  • Stellar debut<br>piano recital
  • Clarinet transcriptions Jonathan Cohler
  • Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio
  • French clarinet masterpieces
  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo

Sibelius Symphonies Maazel
4CDs + Blu-ray audio
Special Price £36.75

RVW A Sea Symphony - Elder

Shostakovich Symphony 10 Nelsons

Verdi Requiem

Dvorak Opera Premiere

Grieg, Mendelssohn sonatas




Would you like a hyperlinked weekly summary of the CDs we have reviewed?

Click for further details

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
Classical Editor
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Cameo Classics
Prima voce
Red Priest
Toccata Classics

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
Classical Editor
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933)
The Complete Organ Works - Vol. 6
Sempre Semplice, op.142 (1931) [44:37]
Sequenz no.2 in C minor, WoO.12 (1910) [6:38]
Sequenz no.1 in A minor, WoO.8 (1908) [4:24]
Sonatina in A minor, op.74 (1909) [19:19]
Stefan Engels (organ)
rec. St Bartholomew's Church, Armley, Leeds, England, 23 February 2011. DDD
PRIORY PRCD 1059 [76:16]

Experience Classicsonline

The German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert was no great organist, but he did write a lot of magnificent music for the organ, most of which still suffers from unforgivable neglect. There are many transcriptions and arrangements, of his own and others' works: his complete tribute to his outstanding predecessor and fellow Leipziger Johann Sebastian Bach, for example, featured on a recent and excellent Toccata Classics release - see review. Karg-Elert also wrote dozens of original works for the instrument, and since 2005 German organist Stefan Engels has been recording the lot of them on various organs for the ecclesiastical label Priory Records. This is volume six, but seven and eight have just been released (PRCD 1062, 1063).
Engels is remembered by some perhaps for his two volumes of Marcel Dupré's organ music for Naxos in the 1990s (8.554210, 8.553920). Funnily enough, Engels' edition is in direct competition with that of fellow German Elke Völker on the Aeolus label - volume 6 of her series, subtitled 'Ultimate Organ Works', came out earlier this year (AE 10721). The last three Aeolus discs do have the advantage of Hybrid Super-Audio quality. The four works on Engels' volume 6, however, have not appeared so far in Völker's traversal, the completion of which is by no means certain.
The works in this volume are generally of a slower, softer, more reflective nature than some of Karg-Elert's best-known 'fireworks' pieces, most notably the grandiloquent Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H. op.150, which has rounded off a few recitals in its time (this one by Hans Fagius, for example). Many of Karg-Elert's works were published with misleading opus numbers, sometimes deliberately. There are thus two opp.142, the suite of character pieces he labelled 'Sempre Semplice' and Three Pieces for organ from the previous year. At any rate, Karg-Elert's music should appeal to anyone comfortable with the harmonic language of, say, Widor, Reger or Vierne, although his style is his own. Engels gives a thoughtful, sympathetic reading.
Though not Super-Audio, recording quality here is very good, Priory's experience and expertise in this area readily apparent. The marvellous Edmund Schulze organ dates back to 1869, with a new console and pneumatic actions added in 1905, the date to which it has in recent times been restored. The accompanying booklet is a paragon. A long biography of the composer and as much again on the works heard in volume 6 by Anthony Caldicott, chairman of the Karg-Elert Archive, followed by a detailed description and full specification of the organ. A biography and cheery photo of Engels, plus details of previous releases in the series, round off nicely.
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.