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December 2010

In Praise of Early Music Radio, UK by Nick Fritsch
ArkivMusic Best Recordings of 2010
Christmas Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
Photos from the Arthur Butterworth Symphony 5 recording session courtesy Lewis Foreman
The Treasure House of JS Bach by Alan Senior
Bach's Leipzig Cantatas - by Alan Senior
Three new articles in the Charles Hooey collection
Skryabin and the Piano by Stuart Scott
Herein is enshrined the soul of .....   A centenary appreciation of Elgar's Violin Concerto by Patrick Waller
December Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
The 2010 Musicweb International Recordings Of The Year

November 2010

Recording neglected British Music by Robert Stevenson
National Discography: East-Central European and Balkan Symphonies by Mike Herman
Hamish MacCunn A Short Biographical Sketch by Stuart Scott
John Foulds The Manchester Years by Stuart Scott
17 new or updated programme notes by Paul Serotsky
November download roundup by Brian Wilson
Interview with violinist Tasmin Little by Nick Barnard

October 2010
Orville Harrold biography by Mike Harrold - Updated and more photos added
Geoffrey Burgon - an obituary by Philip Scowcroft
 

September 2010

October Download Roundup - Brian Wilson
International Music Conferences - the Exchange of Ideas - Arthur Butterworth
A Digital Music Glossary: File Formats and Bit Rates - Kirk McElhearn
Constantin Silvestri: A Bournemouth Love Affair (Nimbus NI6124) - a note from the producer
Philip L Scowcroft's GARLANDS OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS
No. 270 Donald James Dean Thorne, John Robert Bell, John Exton
No. 271 John Reynolds, David Hart, Wayne Hill, Ken Mackintosh, David Watts, Peter Crantock, Clive Richardson, Tim Dalling, Gordon Dale
No. 272
Henry Gibson, John Schroeder, John Shakespeare, H C King, Gershon Kingsley
No. 273
Paul Edmonds, F Purcell Warren, Adolph Mann, C Darbishire Jones, Harry Woods, David Ebbage, Christopher Johnson, David Watts

No. 274
David H Kemp, William Somme Kemp, Patricia Williams, Bernard Rolt, Raymond Roze, George Roe
No. 275
John Tams, David Chilton, Albert Lister Peace, Richard Popplewell, Katherine Parker, Hector Omers, Victor Olof

August 2010
Arthur Butterworth's A Quiet Tarn by John France
Eugene Conley - A voice lined with silver by Charles A Hooey
Sir Charles Mackerras: Some personal recollections by the celebrated tenor Alberto Remedios CBE
August Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
 
July 2010
Reviewer Paul Shoemaker- Obituary (1937-2010)
David Fanshawe (1942 - 2010) Obituary
Equipment Review BRENNAN JB7 CD storage facility for up to 5000 CDs
Sir Charles Mackerras - Obituaries by Bill Kenny and Brian Reinhart and a summary of his legacy on disc by Rob Barnett
David Fanshawe - An obituary
Orville Harrold - Tenor by Mike Harrold
July Download Roundup - Brian Wilson
 
June 2010

Some Thoughts on John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage Series Kirk McElhearn
SEIBER’S JOYCE CANTATAS by Alan Gibbs
Jon Lord Interview 2010 (To Notice Such Things) Chris Thomas
June 2010 Download Roundup by Brian Wilson

May 2010

Sir Donald Francis Tovey (1875–1940) by Peter R. Shore
Tovey's The Bride Of Dionysus
Synopsis with musical examples
Tovey's 'The Bride of Dionysus' A dream come true by Peter R. Shore (Recording Sessions)
The Tallis Scholars At 30 Some download recommendations from the Gimell catalogue by Brian Wilson
May download Roundup - Brian Wilson

April 2010
Gustav Holst - Review Index
Russian, Soviet & Post-Soviet Symphonies - A Discography by Mike Herman
April Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
Francis Wilson (1941-2010) Obituary
March 2010
Masterwork Index: Richard Strauss's Vier Letzte Lieder
Tovey's 'The Bride of Dionysus'
A dream come true Peter R. Shore
Comparative reviews of 10 unidentified performances of Rachmaninov's Isle of the Dead by three MusicWeb reviewers. - An Experiment.
Peter Dickinson: Blue Rose Variations for Organ by John France
March 2010 Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
Percy Whitlock: News and Reviews - John France
 
February 2010
Ian Venables: Looking Ahead through 2010... John France
February 2010 Download Roundup Brian Wilson
The North Sea Ground A Song for Baritone & Piano by EJ Moeran Ian Maxwell
Montague F. Phillips: ‘Crab-Apple’ from Flowering Trees - John France
 
January 2010
2010 marks the 15th year of Musicweb International!

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George Dannatt - An Appreciation by David Wilby
Manchester Sounds Vol 7 - John France
Interview with the pianist ROGER WOODWARD by ANGELA BOYD
Ian Venables - Elegy for Cello and Piano Op.2 (1980) - John France
Thomas Pitfield: Cheshire Verses – both grave and gay - John France
Review Index: EJ Moeran
JANUARY, 2010, DOWNLOAD ROUNDUP Brian Wilson
The Joy of Downloading Classical Music - Patrick Waller
WALTER HUSSEY (1909-1985) MASTER OF ARTS - Kenneth Shenton

 
December 2009

CHRISTMAS Discs - Full Listing

Masterwork Index: Handel's Messiah
ArkivMusic's Best Classical Recordings 2009
Musicweb International's 2009 Recordings of the Year
Victor Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony by John France
INTERVIEW with JOHN WILSON - Conductor, Arranger and Scholar By Ian Lace
Michael Hurd talks about Rutland Boughton's Immortal Hour (10mins rec 1979) recording courtesy of Barry Coward
Masterwork Index: Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras
Gerald Finzi: Discography (updated) and Review Index - David Barker
Holst's In the Bleak Mid-Winter by John France
HYPERION: Top 30 download recommendations -Brian Wilson
Christmas Downloads 2009 - Brian Wilson
Download Roundup December 2009 - Brian Wilson
November 2009
Review Index: William Schuman
Masterwork Index: Schubert's Schwanengesang
An Interview with George Crumb by Marc Medwin
Masterwork Index: Schubert's Winterreise
Masterwork Index: Schumann's Dichterliebe
A Bone of Contention concerning the curious case of bone-conduction headphones by Paul Serotsky
Singers and music from the early 20th century - a collection of articles by Charles A. Hooey (updated November 18)
So you want to write a symphony? by Arthur Butterworth
Transposition & the written symbols of musical pitch by Arthur Butterworth
A Passion for the Piano: the Brazilian pianist Cristina Ortiz talks to Bob Briggs (BBr)
2010: The Year of Rutland Boughton
November Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
October 2009
2010: THE YEAR OF RUTLAND BOUGHTON by Ian Boughton
October Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
Singers and music from the early 20th century - a collection of articles by Charles A. Hooey (updated October 23)
Geoffrey Self (1930-2008) - an appreciation
September 2009

Howard Blake - a survey of his music on CD [RB]
Creating a Composition Course by Patric Standford
Irish Classical Musicians – Seven Pioneers of the 19th Century by Basil Walsh

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) on the ALBION label - A triumphant contribution [RB]
The Beatles re-mastered by Jack Lawson
Review Index: Edmund Rubbra - all reviews on Musicweb
Masterwork Index - All reviews of Mahler's Rückert Lieder
I am lost to the world – an appreciation of Mahler’s song Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Patrick Waller 
September Download Roundup - Brian Wilson
Label and Masterwork Indexes - back to the start of 2006; over 8,000 reviews now included
Composer Resource Index the start of a project to coordinate the site's material such as articles, surveys, discographies & Societies for individual composers (via the Composers tab in the page header)
Crosse Resurgent by John Turner
Masterwork Index: Symphonies of Carl Nielsen - all reviews on Musicweb prepared by Paul Serotsky
Armstrong Gibbs - discography and review index

August 2009
August Download Roundup
Ian Venables: At Malvern A Pastoral or a Confessional Poem? by John France
July 2009
Granville Bantock discography (updated) and review index
MusicWeb resources page - providing a link page for our books, major articles, collections, lists etc, and accessible from the tab at the top of the top of the page
Recently in the blogs by David Barker (includes Opera North's behind-the-scenes blog)
Gordon Jacob's Clogher Head Overture by John France
Sir Edward Downes - A memory by Christopher Fifield
An interview with José Serebrier  Recording Glazunov and Serebrier by Gavin Dixon 
Link page for Michael Herman's National Discographies
Masterwork Index - All reviews of Handels' Water & Fireworks Music
July Download Roundup - Brian Wilson
June 2009
June-July Weblog by Patrick Waller
Recordings of Beethoven Piano Cycles
by Jens Laurson
Finnish and Baltic Symphonies by Michael Herman
Eleven 11s - a survey of recordings of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony by David Barker
Sir Arthur Bliss's Hymn to Apollo - background information compiled by John Dressler
An Alwyn Chronology - John Dressler
Recently in the blogs by David Barker
Scandinavian Symphonies - a discography of LPs and Cds by Michael Herman.
Wilfred Josephs and his Requiem-Bernard Jacobson looks into the career of a composer who has still to receive due recognition
June Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
Mark Morris’s Guide to Twentieth Century Composers  
  May 2009
Practice Makes Perfect by Arthur Butterworth
Reviewer's Log April-May 2009 by Patrick Waller
May 2009 Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
Bruckner Symphonies: An introduction and review of selected recordings (Updated version) by Patrick Waller and John Quinn
April 2009
Searching for reviews on MWI - Some hints by Paul Serotsky
i2i Go Wireless Gadget Review by Chris Thomas
April Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
Rehearsing and Recording - Arthur Butterworth

March2009
Stravinsky ballet review index compiled by Paul Serotsky
Follow-up Interview with Karen Geoghegan: March 2009 by Carla Rees
Managing “the best orchestra in the world” : Jan Raes, Director General of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in conversation with Bas van Westerop
Recently in the Blogs by David Barker
March 2009 Download Roundup by Brian Wilson
February 2009
Interview with Richard Wigmore by Margarida Mota-Bull
Sylvie Bodorová – a compact biography
Clarence Barlow - An interview by Dominy Clements
Benelux-Swiss symphonies on CD & LP by Michael Herman
French Symphonies on CD & LP compiled by Michael Herman
February 2009 - Download Roundup - Brian Wilson
Paul Carr’s Air for String Orchestra by John France
The Life and Works of Geoffrey Winters by Martin Entwistle
Peter Hope: Bramall Hall Sketches by John France
ERIK CHISHOLM AND SERGE PROKOFIEV by Fiona McKnight
January 2009
Film Music on the Web Reviewers Choices for 2009
LORD BERNERS - CRITICAL RESPONSES By Peter Dickinson: Setting the scene
FRANCIS CHAGRIN (1905-1972) by Philip Scowcroft
Review indexes for Rued Langgaard and Boris Tchaikovsky
A STRESSFUL COLLABORATION : GERARD SCHURMANN describes his involvement with the music score for ‘Lawrence of Arabia”
Art Tribute to Alun Hoddinott
Some downloads from Naxos Classical Archive and a circumbendibus
Death of Maltese composer Charles Camilleri
(3/1/09)
Themed Releases: BIS Sibelius recordings

Themed Releases: Naxos Historical Great Opera Recordings
now complete
Masterwork Index: Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique - 30 reviews of 25 recordings
Masterwork Review Index: Richard Strauss Tone Poems compiled by Paul Serotsky
Chandos Records 30th Anniversary by Rob Barnett
An interview with Brian and Ralph Couzens (Chandos) by Rob Barnett
Chandos Records - Press Release
Chandos Records - A Short History

Reviewer’s log: December 2008/January 2009 Patrick C Waller
The Rest is Noise...Listening to the Twentieth Century, by Alex Ross.
Sibelius by Andrew Barnett.
January 2009 - Download Roundup Brian Wilson
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1908-1988) by PAUL CONWAY
Interview with Stewart Collins, Chair of the British Arts Festivals Assocation by Carla Rees
Recently in the Blogs by David Barker
 
December 2008

Bruckner's Eighth Symphony - A personal reflection by Patrick Waller (updated)
Musicweb's Recordings of the Year
Christmas Discs
Download Roundup - Brian Wilson
Christmas Downloads - Brian Wilson
Placido Domingo protégée, American soprano Elizabeth Andrews Roberts in interview with Marlene Hall
Richard Hickox dies at the age of 60 - Chandos Press release
MusicWeb reviewer Em Marshall has accepted chairmanship of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society - see News Release
November 2008

New works by Gareth Glyn an update by John France
Ivor Gurney and Marion Scott by Pamela Blevins
Richard Stoker - 70th Birthday Celebrations - 8 November 2008
MusicWeb Reviewer’s Log: September-November 2008: Patrick C Waller
DOWNLOAD ROUNDUP, November 2008 Brian Wilson
"The Formula of Love": Göran Forsling meets the Estonian composer Mari Vihmand after the premiere of her first full-length opera
October 2008

The Youth Orchestra in Reverse
by Arthur Butterworth
Ian Venables: A Kiss
Op.15 - a setting of a poem by Thomas Hardy
by John France
Howard Blake at 70 - interview with Bob Briggs
WHOM THE GODS LOVE - Richard Farrell by Peter Mechen
DOWNLOAD ROUNDUP October 2008 Brian Wilson
The Music of Kalevi Aho By Dan Morgan (with multiple sound samples)

September 2008
Richard Beattie Davis - an obituary by Gillian Wimbourne
Vernon 'Tod' Handley 1930-2008 - an obituary by Garry Humphreys
See also Richard Adams interviews Vernon Handley

Links to all Vernon Handley reviews on MusicWeb
KING ARTHUR - Arthur Butterworth at 85 by Lynne Walker
Stanford and the Piano by Christopher Howell
Harmonia Mundi Gold Series: First Issue - an overview by Rob Barnett

August 2008

Recently in the blogs by David Barker
Give Early Music a Try: John Browne and the Eton Choirbook by Brian Wilson
Symphonies of Malcolm Arnold - Review Index by Paul Serotsky
The Brass Band in Britain - Arthur Butterworth - July 2008
Horace Dann (1896-1958) by Philip Scowcroft
Graham Peel: Ettrick –a song for baritone by John France
A little more on Graham Peel by Christopher Howell
Nikolai Miaskovsky - A review index by Rob Barnett
DIGITAL BACH EDITION FOR IPOD by Kirk McElhearn
Reviewer’s Log July/August 2008 - Patrick C Waller
 
July 2008

Downloads of Bach’s Orchestral Music: A Survey Brian Wilson
Donald Harris Composer, Teacher & Musicologist -John France
Growing Up American in Paris by Donald Harris
Nadia Boulanger - Pierre Boulez - Max Deutsch - Andre Jolivet - Henri Dutilleux - Darius Milhaud - Francis Poulenc - Georges Auric
Recently in the blogs by David Barker
Michael Herman: British Orchestral Music 1800-1900 - discography
See also: British and Commonwealth symphonies - discography
British and Commonwealth Concertos - discography
June 2008

Richard Noble (1930-2008) - An obituary by Arthur Butterworth
Flying-Crooked: Four Songs by Ian Venables by John France
Recently in the blogs by David Barker
Nadia Boulanger as Teacher by Lennox Berkeley
CARLA GAVAZZI (1913-2008)
Reviewer’s Log: May/June 2008: Patrick C Waller
Karen Geoghegan interviewed by Carla Rees
Now Complete with over 700 images: The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925 by Howard Friedman
May 2008

Reviewer’s Log: May/June 2008: Patrick C Waller
Recently in the blogs by David Barker
Everyman and His Music Percy Scholes (1877-1958)
Karen Geoghegan interviewed by Carla Rees
Christian Lindberg in conversation with Chris Thomas
Iris Loveridge - British Pianist by Rob Barnett
Reviewer’s Log: April 2008: Robert Hugill

Bruckner's 9th Symphony - The unfinished Finale by Aart van der Wal
Richard Stoker and Nadia Boulanger by John France
Youth - the Golden Age of Music by Arthur Butterworth
April 2008

Richard Stoker and Nadia Boulanger by John France
Youth - the Golden Age of Music by Arthur Butterworth
Recently in the blogs
by David Barker
April Fools - did you miss them?
A fond farewell to Dunelm Records (as we know it) by Patrick C Waller
Reviewer’s Log: March/April 2008: Patrick C Waller

The orchestral conductor - a useless drone? by Arthur Butterworth
Das Land Ohne Musik An extensive addition by Martin Walker
March 2008
ALUN HODDINOTT (11 August 1929 - 12 March 2008)
Giya KANCHELI (b. 1935) profile by Julie Williams
Severn Bridge Variations (1966): a joint effort by John France
An interview with the German baritone Michael Volle by Jim Pritchard
In Preparation: The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925 by Howard Friedman This will take a long time to complete so you can follow the work as it progresses here
February 2008
Gareth Glyn: Anglesey Composer – A first exploration of some of his music by John France
MAKING IT BETTER: BRITISH WIND MUSIC 1981-2008 A personal look at twenty-seven years of repertoire development by TIMOTHY REYNISH
An interview with the Danish bass Stephen Milling by Jim Pritchard
Composers’ originals amended by conductors by Arthur Butterworth
MusicWeb Reviewer’s log: January/February 2008 Reviewer: Patrick C Waller
Recently in the Blogs by David J Barker
January 2008

Composers’ originals amended by conductors by Arthur Butterworth
MusicWeb Reviewer’s log: January/February 2008 Reviewer: Patrick C Waller
Recently in the Blogs by David J Barker
Unveiling of Holst statue April 4th - Press release from Cheltenham Civic Society
New Projects for the New Year by David J Barker
The Clarinet Trio of John Ireland by Stephen Fox
Jottings on Eric Fogg’s Sea Sheen by John France
GYORGY LIGETI (1923-2006) by Julie Williams
JUDITH WEIR by Julie Williams
Youthful Prodigy or Late Developer? By Arthur Butterworth
Robert Hugill's Reviewer's Log
Complete Book on-line: Erik Chisholm: The Operas of Janáček First published 1971; Now available only in this online version produced for the Erik Chisholm Trust by MusicWeb International



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