£16 post free World-wide

 


555 sonatas 9Cds mp3 files
Only £22


 


Benjamin: Written on Skin £16

Search
What's New
Previous CDs
Concerts
Jazz
Nostalgia
Composers
Resources
Announce
Labels index


Every day we post 10 new Classical CD and DVD reviews. A free weekly summary is available by e-mail. MusicWeb is not a subscription site. To keep it free please purchase discs through our links.

  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    




EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools




MusicWeb Special Offer
We do not believe this disc can be ordered elsewhere

£10 P&P Free Worldwide

ERIK CHISHOLM
Piano Music
Third Soanatina on Four Ricercars [8'04]
Cameos [13'51]
Scottish Airs [11'25]
Sonatine Ecossaise [12'07]
Night Song of the Bards [29'38]
Murray McLachlan Piano.
Olympia OCD 639

Eclecticism in the arts tends to bewilder - and, human nature being what it is, bewilderment leads inevitably to neglect. In the sixty-odd years of Erik Chisholm’s life (1904-1965) he was conductor, administrator, organist, and writer, as well as a composer whose inspiration was drawn from sources as varied as Hindustan, the Outer Hebrides, the neo-classical and baroque, pibroch, astrology and literature. If his name is remembered today (apart from students at Cape Town where he was Dean of the Music Faculty from 1946) it is likely to be those who recall the heady days in Glasgow when, in his role as administrator and educator, he introduced the music of Berlioz, Bartók, Sorabji, Symanowski and Medtner to the douce Scottish public. This CD of piano music - a mere fraction of his output - is in the hands of that persuasive advocate of Scottish piano music, Murray McLachlan - not only as pianist but also as a programme-note writer of distinction and sensibility. (There is a nice echo of Chisholm’s own sense of humour, in McLachlan’s soubriquet for Chisholm - MacBartok).

The notes are essential reading - for Chisholm’s music reflects only too clearly the variety of his sources of inspiration.

The florid 3rd Sonatina on Four Ricercars (a recondite enough title?) with its stately and decorative fugal elements - each built on pre-classical material - forms a strong contrast to the 1926 set of Eight Cameos. These bear such curious titles as ‘A Jewel from the Siderial Casket’, ‘The Mirror’ (an eloquent Chopinesque Nocturne), ‘The Witch Hare’ (marked ‘Jerky’ and with allusions to de la Mare),’The Rolling Stone’ (certainly not a round one), ‘Procession of Crabs’ - and ‘The Sweating Infantry’.

Perhaps the strongest influence demonstrated in this selection from well over 100 pieces for piano is the music of the Gael - of the Highland pipes, the piobearachd. These nine Scottish Airs echo, therefore, something of the Grieg ‘Slaatter’, with much insistence on Strathspey rhythm and Scots ‘snap’. - the last a picture of a very tipsy Highlander - con spirito indeed!

The major work here is undoubtedly the final Six Nocturnes (1944-51) - conceived as an entity and imaginatively entitled ‘Night Song of the Bards’, with each ‘episode’ forming into a kind of mystical and abbreviated 1001 Nights - tales of high drama, the opening movement recalling the demonic Bax of the 2nd Piano Sonata, and contrasting with delicate filigree passages in the third. The whole set is an impressionist multi-movement tone poem of dark cumulative power that fades into the mists of the final Epilogue. The notes are prefaced with an authoritative résumé of Chisholm’s life and work by his daughter Morag, whose warm appeal for a rediscovery of her father’s work will, I hope, awake a practical response - surely two piano Concertos, two symphonies, a Violin Concerto - and twelve exotic ‘Preludes from the True Edge of the Great World’ must excite curiosity - let the present CD be an appetiser!

Reviewer

Colin Scott Sutherland

 



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

 

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable Arcodiva
British Music Soc.
CDAccord
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter


Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter

Return to Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.