One of the most grown-up review sites around

51,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

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

Some items
to consider


colourful imaginative harmony
Renate Eggebrecht violin

Brahms Symphony 3
Dvorak Symphony 8
9 cello sonatas
Piano Music

Clara Schumann
piano concerto

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley n/a
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

Vraiment magnifique!

Quite splendid

Winning performances

Mahler Symphony 8
a magnificent disc

a huge talent

A wonderful disc

Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21
A handsome tribute!

Roth’s finest Mahler yet

Mahler 9 Blomstedt
Distinguished performance


REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

Support us financially by purchasing this from

Enrique GRANADOS (1867–1916)
Violin Sonata (c.1895?) [11:21]
CÚsar FRANCK (1822-1890)
Violin Sonata in A major (1886) [29:12]
Gerald FINZI (1901-1956)
Elegy (1940) [8:10]
Lucijan Marija ŠKERJANC (1900-1973)
Intermezzo romantique (1934) [6:20]
Lana Trotovšek (violin)
Maria Canyigueral (piano)
rec. April 2015, Casa de Cultura de Girona, Spain

The Granados Violin Sonata was written for Jacques Thibaud, though precisely when is subject to some doubt. It wasn’t published until 1971, and then as a single-movement torso. The notes to this suggest that two other movements have more recently been found but the position is, as I understand it, that this was intended to be a four-movement work and the last two exist in an incomplete state. Perhaps when the extant material is published in full some clarity will result. There has been a recording of the fuller version but most of the few recordings that exist simply perform the complete first movement, which has the merit of being a satisfying entity in itself. Lana Trotovšek plays lyrically, reserving some hoarser tone for those moments when the writing turns declamatory.

A decision on whether to take this disc further will depend on couplings. The world is not waiting for another recording of the Franck sonata, a work also closely associated with Thibaud, but this one employs some piquant slides, one or two of which are rather ungainly, and feel applied rather than felt. There’s a certain unconvincing rhythmic instability in the second movement, which is gutsily played, if somewhat elastically so, and some intonation issues in the finale.

Gerald Finzi’s Elegy makes a strange partner for Granados and Franck, not least because it’s one of his baroque-evoking inspirations but its intense apex is well controlled here, even if Daniel Hope plays it with more focused conviction. Finally, there is Lucijan Marija Škerjanc’s Intermezzo romantique. Slovenian, like the disc’s violinist, Škerjanc’s compact work is at its best in its arresting old school warmth. The opening rather strenuous paragraphs sound less compelling.

The booklet is helpful and has useful material about the works and performers, with photographs, though there’s a weird approach to font size and page spacing. There are better programmed discs with the Granados out there and I can’t imagine anyone who likes Finzi wanting this. Recording the Škerjanc is a good move, though it is only six minutes long.

Jonathan Woolf



We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews

Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

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