One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,514 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


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

FOGHORN Classics

Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

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
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Plain text for smartphones & printers

Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat



Recordings of the Month


From Ocean’s Floor


Conner Riddle Songs

Rodzinski Sibelius

Of Innocence and Experience


Symphonies 1, 2, 3

Support us financially by purchasing this from

Karl FIORINI (b. 1979)
Concerto for violin and chamber orchestra (2006-7) [24:52]
Violin Concerto No. 2 (2011-12) [25:04]
Emanuel Salvador (violin: concerto 1)
Marta Magdalena Lelek (violin: concerto 2)
Sudecka Philharmonic Orchestra/Bartosz Zurakowski
rec. May–June, 2012, Sudeten (Sudecka) Philharmonic Concert Hall, Walbrzych, Poland.
METIER MSV 28533 [49:56]

Maltese-born composer Karl Fiorni has written two deeply impressive concertos for violin and orchestral forces. The first is a concerto for violin and chamber orchestra, completed in 2007. It is constructed in five contrastive movements – the first short, the second somewhat longer, the final three equally sized. There is much detail to intrigue, not least in the frequently arresting harmonies, the assured dissonances and sheer lyricism embedded in the writing. Indeed there is much timbral complexity and a degree of turbulence, not least from the percussion, allotted a significant role relative to other sections. In the Chorale, Canone and Passacaglia fourth movement, where Fiorini’s powers of sonic imagination are perhaps at their height in this concerto, Emanuel Salvador’s intense tonal reserves are mightily impressive, the music’s allusive qualities gathering in incident. Vivid colour illuminates the finale - note the writing for clarinet especially. There are folkloric elements at work in the wind writing and skittering birdsong is to be heard.

The Violin Concerto No.2 (2011-12) is in the hands of violinist Marta Magdalena Lelek. This is a more openly expressive work but is still subject to the same intelligent structural and an expanded palette by virtue of being written for conventionally sized symphony orchestra. As well as being more unambiguously lyric in places it is also more abrasive and determined in metrical tread. Indeed, the mood is often sombre with the solo violin frequently a lone voice in the wilderness, or when set against a few orchestral voices. Her tone is less expansive than Salvador’s in the companion work but she lacks for nothing in clarity or intonation. Orchestral climaxes are cannily prepared, and powerfully delivered in this splendidly expert performance, equally well recorded.

These complex and distinctive works, full of active dissonance, elements of birdsong, and powerful emotional states, are highly auspicious. The earlier work was written before Fiorini hit 30. He is clearly a composer to watch – adherent of no fads, strongly focused on compositional essence, and unafraid of emotional extremes in his music-making. This is a splendid disc in every respect.

Jonathan Woolf

Previous review: Lucy Jeffery