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


Songs from the Netherlands
Bertha Frensel WEGENER-KOOPMAN (1874-1953)
Ein Stündchen lang [1:54]
Frauenhände [3:37]
Und hab’so grosse Sehnsucht doch [1:28]
Ich will den Sturm! [1:54]
Alphons DIEPENBROCK (1862-1921)
De klare dag (1884) [5:48]
Meinacht [3:42]
L’Invitation au voyage (1913) [6:15]
Es war ein alter König [2:29]
Berceuse (1912) [5:45]
Bernard WAGENAAR (1894-1971)
At Dusk [3:36]
May Night [1:56]
I Stood In Dreams of Darkness [3:05]
Louis Victor SAAR (1868-1937)
Sell Me A Dream, Op.112 No.5 [2:35]
To One I Love [2:17]
Liebes-Ode, Op.54 No.3 [2:06]
Four Seasons: a Canadian Song Cycle, Op.119 [5:52]
Anny Mesritz van VELTHUYSEN (1887-1965)
Trois Chansons [9:48]
Elisabeth von Magnus (soprano)
Jacob Bogaart (piano)
Quirine Viersen (cello: Berceuse)
rec. November 2004 and October 2007, Eindhoven and Hilversum
Original texts but no translations

This disc of Dutch songs – which is not the same thing as songs in Dutch – comes from the Netherlands Music Institute, an organisation that has propagandized eloquently on behalf of Dutch music and its performance on disc, past and present. The recording was made a number of years ago – in 2004 and 2007, to be precise – but as the music is still so little performed and recorded this 65-minute vocal recital gives an attractive focus on the five named composers.

The earliest-born of the composing quintet is also the best known: Alphons Diepenbrock. The songs range from the mid-1880s to 1913, when he was 51 and interestingly he is the only composer in this selection of 22 songs to set Dutch lyrics. Two of his five songs take native texts. His long expressive lines are always pleasing, and the barcarolle-cum-habanera of L’invitation au voyage is especially rewarding to hear. The convivial Berceuse was written for the husband-and-wife team of Gérard and Julie Hekking, cellist and soprano respectively, and is a charming, light, salon effusion.

Bertha Frensel Wegener-Koopman gave up a very promising stage career for teaching, though she continued to compose. Singers from Julia Culp to Jo Vincent sang her songs in recitals internationally. The compilers of the disc have chosen well, contrasting plangent late-Romanticism, tinged with Straussian rhetoric, in Ein Stündchen lang with a fervent Ich will den sturm. A light dusting of early impressionism hangs over a couple of the settings. Louis Victor Saar studied largely in Munich before leaving for the United States in 1894 whereupon he was soon engaged by Dvořák, no less, to teach at the National Conservatory in New York. He spent the remainder of his professional life teaching in a succession of cities. He too favours moments that are light and lyric with others that are more overtly Straussian. The song cycle Four Seasons, subtitled a ‘Canadian song cycle’ evocatively evokes blizzard onrush as well as limpid treble-trilling. This is delightful nature-narrative depiction, unfussy and to the point. If Gerald Finzi favoured the Fall of the Leaf, Saar is all for The Fall of the Snowflake.

Bernard Wagenaar, whose music survives on the periphery of the repertoire, is represented by three songs in which he sets poems by Verlaine and Heine, as well as Edward B Koster; this last is especially reflective yet tautly conceived. Anny Mesritz van Velthuysen was a pianist but turned to composition; Mengelberg conducted some of her music in Amsterdam. The three French settings show that she embraced impressionism more devoutly than any other composer and knew how to distil atmosphere via the subtlest means. Her Trois Chansons is something of a find.

The performers are ardent interpreters of these songs. Sometimes Elisabeth von Magnus pushes quite high and the result is stridency, but for the most part she sings with assurance, not least when clarifying the different expressive temperatures of these sometimes very disparate songs. Jacob Bogaart is the watchful, eloquent accompanist.

The recording is good, but there is time for few brief caveats. There are few specific dates of composition in the notes, and the song texts, whilst printed, are only in the original language set. There are no translations. Nevertheless, these are rare examples of songs by Dutch composers, and they have been attractively presented.

Jonathan Woolf



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