The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 1 February 2014

Ji Liu and David Bowie are among the artists in this week's show.

This week, tipped for big things, the new Chinese pianist Ji Liu featured as David’s Artist To Watch.  

He also reviewed a former Classic FM Album of the Weekend – Luminance from flautists Lisa Friend and Anna Stokes. 

And David Bowie no less even put in a musical appearance in a rather intriguing role!

David Mellor's choices this week:

Choice for the Curious

Remember me my dear – Jacobean songs of love and lost
Fires of Love
Delphian - DCD34129

David Mellor's verdict: 'Interesting...An enticing album'

Artist to Watch

Piano Reflections
Ji Liu
Classic FM CFMD33

David Mellor's verdict: 'A bright young pianist and a charming fellow.'

Richard Strauss: Complete Orchestral Works
Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe
Warner Classics 4317802

David Mellor's verdict: "A good sound and a fine set"

Album of the Week

Luminance - Solo and duo works for flute and piano
Lisa Friend/Anna Stokes/Mark Kinkaid
Champs Hill Records CHRCD073

David Mellor's verdict: 'I throughly enjoyed this'

Best for Beginners

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy/David Bowie
Sony Originals - 88883765802

David Mellor's verdict: "David Bowie does a really good job with Peter and the wolf – one of the best'

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy
Sony Originals 88883765802