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2017

May

Listening Report April 2017 by John Quinn
National Discography updates by Mike Herman
British & Commonwealth Concertos
British Orchestral Works
British & Commonwealth Symphonies
French Symphonies
Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Spring 2017-2 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan
Forgotten Artists: Carlo Vidusso by Chris Howell

April

Anthony Hedges - A Life in Music An updated article by Paul Conway
Ferdinand Hérold: Life and Music by Nick Fuller (pdf)
Passiontide and Easter 2017 recordings by Brian Wilson
The Music of Johann Rufinatscha by Andrew Hartman
Forgotten Artists: Luigi Toffolo by Christopher Howell
The Piccolo Soloists by Stuart Scott
A Flute for the Tsar by Stuart Scott
Flautists of the Royal Italian Opera by Stuart Scott
Mozart 225 Part 2 by Michael Greenhalgh
Second Thoughts and Short Reviews: Spring 2017 by Brian Wilson

March

Kurt Moll An obituary by Ralph Moore
John Joubert at 90 by John Quinn
Forgotten Artists: Ferruccio Scaglia by Christopher Howell
Louis Frémaux obituary by Rob Barnett

February

An A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire: "G” Composers Part 2 by David Barker
The Operas of Charles Gounod by Nick Fuller (4 MB pdf file)
Some Independent Label Recordings: January-February 2017 by Brian Wilson
Forgotten Artists: Maryla Jonas by Christopher Howell
Gareth Glyn's Anglesey Sketches – Revisited by John France
Listening Studio Report by John Quinn
Mozart 225: Part 1 by Michael Greenhalgh
An interview with baritone Michael Volle by Michael Cookson
Some Independent Label Recordings: January-February 2017 - Part 2 by Brian Wilson

January

East-Central Europe & Balkan concertos discography - a major update by Mike Herman
Gef Lucena and Saydisc by Glyn Pursglove
Forgotten Artists: Jonel Perlea by Christopher Howell
Otar Taktakishvili: The Major Vocal Works by Andrew Hartman
Composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian talks to Rob Barnett

2016

December

Christmas recordings 2016 by Brian Wilson
Ralph Vaughan Williams' The First Nowell by John France
A late autumn retrospective by Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year 2016
East-Central Europe & Balkan symphonies discography - a major update by Mike Herman

November

Idagio.com - Report on a new streaming site by Brian Wilson
Kurt Sanderling: An appreciation of his recordings (Part 2) by Dieter Barkhoff
The Music of Nikolai Rakov by Andrew Hartman
Music and the Mind by Ian Lace

October

A Retrospective: Autumn 2016 by Brian Wilson
Listening Studio Report by John Quinn
Kurt Sanderling: An appreciation of his recordings (Part 1) by Dieter Barkhoff
Joubert’s Jane Eyre - Recording session report by Rob Barnett

September

The symphonies of Havergal Brian - a review index & discography compiled by John Quinn
Masterwork Index: Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius compiled by John Quinn
Ernest Reyer: Disciple of Berlioz by Nick Fuller
Listening Room Report by John Quinn
The Symphonies of Stjepan Šulek by Andrew Hartman
Piano Trio Survey: "G" Composers Part 1 by David Barker

August

Forgotten Artists: Denis Matthews by Christopher Howell
National discographies: Mid-year update by Mike Herman
Tribute to Lydia Mordkovitch - a survey by Rob Barnett
The Hickox Legacy series from Chandos - a survey by Rob Barnett
Jules Massenet: His Life and Works - a major survey by Nick Fuller (6 Mb PDF file)

July

Listening Room Report by John Quinn
Download News 2016/8 by Brian Wilson
An interview with tenor Piotr Beczała by Michael Cookson
Joubert opera to receive its first professional performance - A preview by Rob Barnett
ASV returns: Hispanic steps - A survey by Rob Barnett
An interview with Gabriel Jackson by John Quinn
Beulah: At the 2016 Proms by Brian Wilson

June

Download News 2016/7 by Brian Wilson
Arthur Bliss's Edinburgh overture by John France
Arnold's Cornish Dances: 50th Anniversary by John France
Piano Trio Survey: Mid-2016 Update by David Barker
Forgotten Artists: Pietro Argento by Christopher Howell

May

A Conversation with Carlo Rizzi by Christopher Howell: 1. Vladimir Delman
Download News 2016/6 by Brian Wilson
A Conversation with Carlo Rizzi by Christopher Howell: 2. Franco Ferrara, the Welsh National Opera and “La Cena delle Beffe”
Adrian Cruft's Divertimento by John France
Forgotten Artists: Pasquale Di Cagno by Christopher Howell
An interview with Peter Sheppard Skćrved by Dominy Clements

April

Piano Trio Survey - "F" Composers by David Barker
MWI Listening Studio Report by John Quinn
Download News 2016/5 by Brian Wilson
Peter Racine Fricker's Wind Quintet - A Forgotten Delight by John France
National Discographies Update by Mike Herman
Frank Bridge's Allegro moderato by John France
Alan Bunting - An Obituary by Tony Clayden
William Fullerton and The Lady of the Locket by Michael Green

March

Wanda Luzzato: Jenö Hubay's "most talented pupil after Vecsey" by Gianluca La Villa
Download News 2016/3 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan
Download News 2016/4 by Brian Wilson
Arthur Catterall - The Manchester Years by Stuart Scott
The Music Of Gerard Schurmann by Paul Conway

February

New Music Director for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra by John Quinn
Download News 2016/2 by Brian Wilson

January

National Discographies Update by Mike Herman
Forgotten Artists: Vladimir Delman - an update by Christopher Howell
Klassic Haus Restorations - A very personal survey by Rob Barnett
Pierre Boulez - Obituary by Mark Berry
Download News 2016/1 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan

2015

December

MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year 2015
ASV's Catalogue Returns courtesy of Presto Classical - Part 2 by Rob Barnett
William Walton's Christmas Carol All this Time by John France
Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Listening Guide by Nick Fuller
Piano Trio Survey - End of 2015 Update by David Barker
Download News 2015/11 by Brian Wilson
Kurt Masur - An Obituary by John Quinn and Colin Clarke

November

Vivaldi’s Songbird A short story by Otto Fischer
Reviews of Christmas recordings
Guarneri del Gesu – In Stradivari’s Shadow A short story by Otto Fischer
November 2015 Audio Report by John Quinn
Download News 2015/10 by Brian Wilson
Destigmatizing John Cage by Michael Karman
ASV's Catalogue Returns courtesy of Presto Classical by Rob Barnett

October

A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: "E" Composers
Download News 2015/9 by Brian Wilson
Meyerbeer: From Berlin To India by Nick Fuller
The Loder Family and their Music in Provincial Britain:
Report on a Study Day by Raymond J Walker
Encounters with British Composers by Andrew Palmer

September

Sir David Willcocks - An obituary by John Quinn
Download News 2015/8 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan
A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: "D" Composers
Celebrating Ivor Novello and the Great British Songbook - An interview by Ian Lace with Ross Leadbeater

August

National Discographies Update by Mike Herman
Download News 2015/7 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan
Listening Studio Report by John Quinn
A survey of some recent releases of Dvořák’s New World Symphony by Brian Reinhart

July

Download News 2015/6 by Brian Wilson and Dan Morgan
An Interview with Augusta Read Thomas by Robert Hugill
Maurice Johnstone pages updated: Newspaper articles - Scores
Forgotten Artists: Vladimir Golschmann by Christopher Howell

June

Decca Sound - The Mono Years 1944-56 Part 4 by Jonathan Woolf
The bicentenary of the birth of William Sterndale Bennett by Barry Sterndale Bennett
Maurice Johnstone, composer & administrator: Pages compiled by Dave Johnstone
Bruce Montgomery's Scottish Aubade by John France
Decca Sound - The Mono Years 1944-56 Part 5 by Jonathan Woolf
Malcolm Arnold's Divertimento No. 2 by John France
Pianist Ana-Marija Markovina An interview with Marc Medwin
Gordon Crosse’s Elegy by John France
MWI's 20th anniversary: A reviewer looks back by John Quinn
Decca Sound - The Mono Years 1944-56 Part 6 by Jonathan Woolf

May

MusicWeb International’s Twentieth Anniversary Celebration by John Quinn
National Discographies Update by Mike Herman
Scarlatti Reimagined Pianist Claire Huangci in Conversation with Stan Metzger
Decca Sound - The Mono Years 1944-56 Part 1 by Jonathan Woolf
Decca Sound - The Mono Years 1944-56 Part 2 by Jonathan Woolf
From the MusicWeb International Listening Studio: Another Audio Report by John Quinn
Decca Sound - The Mono Years 1944-56 Part 3 by Jonathan Woolf
Download News 2015/5 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan
A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: "C" Composers
Fortepianist Penelope Crawford: An interview with Brian Reinhart

April

A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: "B" Composers Part 2
Download News 2015/4 by Brian Wilson & David Barker
Outhere New Releases - a survey by Brian Wilson

March

Composer Dobrinka Tabakova in Conversation with Rob Barnett
An A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: "B" Composers Part 1
An interview with cellist Leonard Elchenbroich by Margarida Mota-Bull
Raphael Wallfisch on Nimbus - discography & review links
Download News 2015/3 by Brian Wilson, Dan Morgan & Geoffrey Molyneux
National Discographies: Central European & Balkan Concertos M-R by Mike Herman
David Jennings' Sonatina No. 2 by John France

February

National Discographies: Central European & Balkan Concertos A-G by Mike Herman
An A to Z of the Piano Trio Repertoire by David Barker: Introduction ~~ "A" Composers
Two Centuries In One: Musical Romanticism & the Twentieth Century - an e-book by Herbert Pauls (available as a pdf - we recommend you download it to your computer as it is a large file, 4Mb)Download News 2015/1 by Brian Wilson, Dan Morgan and Geoffrey Molyneux
Forgotten Artists: Astra Desmond by Christopher Howell
National Discographies: Central European & Balkan Concertos H-L by Mike Herman
Listening Studio Report by John Quinn
Download News 2015/2 by Brian Wilson & Dan Morgan

January

William Mathias: Canzonetta for Organ by John France
Michael Kennedy - an obituary by John Quinn
Bum Notes – or Dude, Where’s My Booklet? by Dan Morgan
Getting to Know … The Symphonies & Concertos of Karol Szymanowski by David Barker
Robin Field: Lake District Composer by John France
Forgotten Artists: Harold Craxton by Christopher Howell
Brun symphonies recorded by Adriano

 

 



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