One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,928 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

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



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


Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom


A List of All-Time Great Recordings


Imagine having to start your music collection again, from the start. The consequence of some calamity flood, fire, theft or whatever means that your carefully developed collection, built up over years is gone. In these days of online access to music, you could simply subscribe to something like the Naxos Music Library or one of the download sites, and not have a physical disc entity again. But would that satisfy the collector in you? If you are like us, you would feel the need to have some discs.
Or perhaps you have just arrived at the door to the wide and great world that is classical music. Where to begin? For a newcomer, the choice of music and recordings of a particular popular piece is so overwhelming as to make the first step very difficult.
For both the shattered collector and the neophyte, surely the discs that you would want to start with would be the greatest ones: the recordings that thrill time and time again, no matter how many times you played them.
To that end, we - the editing team of Musicweb International and some of our reviewers - have constructed a list of those recordings which are our special ones.
The list is, of course, very much a personal one. Individual choices have not been submitted to the panel for approval. It is possible that one person's choice may be despised by another (though no one has made such a comment - probably for reasons of politeness!).

About the lists
For convenience, the main list is divided into three sections, two alphabetically by composer for recordings with three or fewer composers, and Miscellaneous for multi-composer discs. The person whose choice the disc is, is identified in the normal Musicweb way by their initials in []. There is also a set of pages, accessible below, which have each of our individual lists.

It was decided not to require the nominator to provide reasons for their choice, partly because of time constraints, but mainly because it would be very difficult to write something that would not simply repeat superlatives. However, some of us have made some general comments about the process of making the choices.

Nominations do not have to be currently available nor do they need to have been reviewed (by anyone) on Musicweb.

A link to the MWI review - through the initials - is only provided in cases where the review has been written by the person nominating the recording.

Len Mullenger, David J Barker, Rob Barnett, Bill Kenny, John Quinn and Patrick C Waller 

Note - Bill Kenny's list has been delayed by ill health.


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

June 2022

Beethoven Sonatas 29, 32

Orchestral Works

String Quartets Vol 1


Cantatas and Organ Works

Complete Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Simone Dinnerstein piano




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


      Composer surveys
      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

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


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

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



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

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
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
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
Web Ring
Translation Service

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

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.