One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here
Google seem to have closed down local search engines. You can use this FreeFind engine but it is not so comprehensive
You can go to Google itself and enter the search term followed by the search term.


International mailing

  Founder: Len Mullenger             Senior Editor: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider

Piano Concertos 1 and 2
Surprise Best Seller and now


DIETHELM Symphonies

The best Rite of Spring in Years

BACH Magnificat

Brian Symphs 8, 21, 26

Just enjoy it!

La Mer Ticciati




simply marvellous

Outstanding music

Elite treatment

some joyous Gershwin

Bartok String Quartets
uniquely sensitive

Cantatas for Soprano


Plain text for smartphones & printers

Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Nimbus Podcast

Special offer 50% off

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
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
Senior Editor
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

Support us financially by purchasing this disc from
Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 [41:10]
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, Dumky [31:32]
Tempest Trio
rec. 26-29 May 2013, Spencerville Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
NAXOS 8.573279 [72:42]

These are good times to love the Dvorák piano trios. In addition to the classic recordings by Czech groups like the Suk Trio and Guarneri Trio Prague, recent years have brought us a terrific Dumky from Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, and Alexander Melnikov; a new Trio No. 3 from Sitkovetsky & Co. last year; and a truly outstanding coupling of the two works from the American Trio Solisti. That last one was very nearly one of my 2013 Recordings of the Year. Now Naxos is wandering into territory that's even more crowded.

The results are plenty good, though not great. The Tempest Trio represents violinist Ilya Kaler's happy settling-down into chamber music after decades of recording solo. He's an experienced, usually golden-toned player, and he is the best part of the trio, although pianist Alon Goldstein is also a capable performer, though less strong a personality. There may be reservations about cellist Amit Peled or maybe there is a problem with the balance: in some big climaxes of the Brahmsian Trio No. 3, he becomes inaudible, muffled by the other two musicians.

These players are consistently capable, and their music-making is always pretty. However, it lacks urgency: that electric energy which charges through your ears when you're hearing the Trio Solisti or another classic account. The Third Trio should be taut with drama, as tightly coiled as Brahms, while the Fourth can do with being relaxed but that's simply not how I prefer it. It's a good interpretation for what it is, but for me the music can reveal more, even if it is "just" a suite of folk-style pieces. There's a fine line between good and great, and no doubt on which side of the line this album lies.

Brian Reinhart