MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around

and more.. and still writing ...


Search MusicWeb Here


Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer

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


REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

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



Support us financially by purchasing this from
Endless Song
John METCALF (b. 1946)
Endless Song (1999) [5.21]
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Songs without words: Venetian Gondola Song, Op.30/6: Hunting Song, Op.19b/3 [5.30]
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Ave Maria, D839 transcr. Liszt [6.27]
Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Widmung, Op.25/1 transcr. Liszt [4.18]
Frederick CHOPIN (1810-1849)
The maiden’s wish (c. 1829) transcr. Liszt [4.06]
Josef SÚK (1874-1935)
Love Song, Op.7/1 [6.43]
Francis POULENC (1899-1963)
Improvisation No 15 in C minor ‘Hommage à Edith Piaf’ (1959) [3.43]
George GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
George Gershwin’s Song Book (1932): The man I love; Oh, lady be good; That certain feeling; ’s wonderful; Do it again; Strike up the band [8.26]
Isaac ALBÉNIZ (1860-1909)
Chants d’Espagne, Op.232: Córdoba: Seguidillas [9.32]
Carlos GUASTAVINO (1912-2000)
El ceibo (1958) [3.14]
Bailecito (1940) [3.39]
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op.3: Mélodie [5.07]
Vocalise, Op.34/14 [6.34]
Margaret Fingerhut (piano)
rec. Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, 17-18 October 2013
CHANDOS CHAN10826 [73.11]

Margaret Fingerhut has survived physical problems in recent years – due, it seems, to a malfunctioning automatic nervous system – which at several points led her to face the end of her musical career. She has overcome, and with the help of a distinguished surgeon she is now able to perform and to record.

It would plumb the depths of irony were it possible to note that her performances have suffered but thankfully this is very much not the case. This recording is a vindication of her talents.

Song is the theme and the piece that lends its name to the disc is John Metcalf’s Endless Song. Metcalf, born in 1946, wrote it in 1999 and its rich folkloric lyricism makes a hugely favourable impression. She chooses two of Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words allowing them to contrast nicely, with the sway of the Venetian Gondola Song prefacing the bright-toned, open-air Hunting Song. The Schubert-Liszt Ave Maria transcription is thoughtfully and affectionately played, Schumann’s Widmung, again in Liszt’s arrangement, attesting to the clever programming concepts – contrasts, doubles, hyphenated Liszt and the like – as is Chopin’s The Maiden’s Wish which is the last of the trio of Liszt transcriptions.

She plays Píseň lásky, or the Love Song, by Josef Suk, one of his most popular piano pieces, though hardly anyone performs it in concert or much records it these days – oddly, the violin and piano version is just as popular. Fingerhut plays it passionately building up to the climax beautifully. It’s a better performance than Kvapil’s old standby, though Moravec is in a special class, and significantly slower. Fingerhut really does play this with great attention to tone and detail, with marvellous results. The poignant chanson that Poulenc wrote in homage to Edith Piaf also casts its spell in this reading.

She plays six pieces from George Gershwin’s Song Book and has chosen wisely, not sticking to a chronological sequencing but programming for maximum effectiveness. Albéniz’s reflective Córdoba contrasts with the terpsichorean Seguidillas rather as did the two Mendelssohn songs. Two pieces by Carlos Guastavino elaborate on this kind of theme, leading on naturally from Albéniz. They’re captivatingly lively, not least the folk dance Bailecito, composed in 1940. The recital ends with the Mélodie and Vocalise of Rachmaninov, the latter in the arrangement by Alan Richardson who evokes – and Fingerhut brings out - rich colours in the central passages.

With attractive sound quality in Potton Hall, this encore disc can be warmly welcomed, and more Fingerhut on disc anticipated with pleasure and admiration.

Jonathan Woolf

Previous review: Paul Corfield Godfrey