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
Download from The Classical Shop

Xavier MONTSALVATGE (1912-2002)
Partita 1958 (1958) [16:40]
Cinco Canciones Negras (1946 arr. orch 1949) [12:14]
Calidoscopi Simfònic Op.61 (1955 rev.2001) [15:59]
Simfonia de Rèquiem (1985) [22:38]
Ruby Hughes (soprano) (simfonia)
Clara Mouriz (mezzo soprano) (canciones)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Juanjo Mena
rec. December 2011, MediaCity, Salford
CHANDOS CHAN 10735 [68:00]

Experience Classicsonline

2012 is the centenary year of Xavier Montsalvatge’s birth. This release, in Chandos’s Spanish series, with its eye-catching Joan Miró cover artwork, notes the fact in considerable style with exceptionally good performances of a range of music by a composer who is too apt to be overlooked these days.
Partita 1958 manages to fuse Milhaudesque pungency with neo-classical ebullience and in the Sarabande to evoke allusive textures through delicate tapestries of string writing. His Intermezzo is quite emotive and songful whereas the finale is dramatic, fugal, and full of incident and colour. Cinco Canciones Negras (Five Negro Songs) were originally written in 1946 for voice and piano but the composer orchestrated the songs in 1949, and this was the work that gained him his first widespread recognition. Nostalgia, richly evocative swaying rhythms and vitality mark out this Caribbean set. Their essence is splendidly conveyed by mezzo Clara Mouriz, who is quite as attuned to the resigned, withdrawn lullaby as she is to the extrovert, cocky The Dandy. Juanjo Mena inveigles the BBC Philharmonic to dig into the concluding yambo rhythm, a near relative of the rumba, with considerable brio.
Montsalvatge wrote an unfinished ballet in 1955 called El Angel de la Guarda later reworking it into an orchestral suite called Calidoscopio. This score was then lost but found decades later, revised and re-presented under its new Catalan title Calidoscopi Simfònic, Op.61. It’s in four contrasting movements ranging from coolly impressionistic to scurryingly pantomimic. It all makes for an excellent, inventive and typically brilliantly orchestrated quarter of an hour. Its finale sounds like a cross between a Latino Sabre Dance and Milhaud’s La Création du monde.
The final piece is the 1985 Simfonia de Rèquiem with its six interleaving movements, hence its symphonic aspect. The composer is on record as saying he meant no orthodox religious message by it. It shares its title, but nothing else, with Britten’s work. It builds incrementally, unleashing a terse, jagged and glowering Dies irae and an immediately forlorn Agnus Dei which ushers in music of reflective gentleness, amongst the most beautiful in the whole piece. Immediately undercutting one’s perceptions, the Lux aeterna brings some startlingly scored swirling string writing which slowly drifts away into a kind of stellar remoteness. This is the most remarkable of the movements, and it makes soprano Ruby Hughes’s Libera me all the more human and consoling.
The recorded sound has been perfectly judged throughout this excellent disc. For those curious about the composer and his very personal, diverse music this is an excellent place to start. It has his most celebrated music and some of his best too.
Jonathan Woolf

See also review by Hubert Culot

CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download from The Classical Shop




























































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.