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

A Schubert song cycle causes David Mellor a dilemma.

"Like taking the bus, you wait for one Schubert Winterreise then two come along at once," says David Mellor, who is tonight spoilt for choice with two great new recordings of Schubert's magnificent 24-song cycle for voice and piano.

Album of the Week

Schubert: Winterriese
Jonas Kaufmann/Helmut Deutsch
Sony 88883795632 

David's verdict: "Extremely good. Kaufmann is a very accomplished lieder singer."

Connoisseurs Choice

Schubert: Winterriese
Gerald Finley/Julius Drake
Hyperion CDA68034

David's verdict: "I prefer the Kaufmann but this should take nothing away from a great Finley recording." 

Best Bargin

The Essential John Tavener
Choir of London Orchestra/Ulster Orchestra/Choir of London/Choir of Clare College Choir, Cambridge/St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
Naxos 8.505239

David's verdict: "A really enticing album. It's a great bargain and a wonderful chance to hear the achievements of John Tavener."

Choice for the Curious

Elgar: Music for Powick Asylum 
Innovation Chamber Ensemble/Barry Collett
Somm SOMM252

David's verdict: "I like this charming album which is very well played indeed. A really enterprising project."

Young Artist to watch

Catch Me If You Can
Amy Dickson/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Northey
Sony 88843027202

David's verdict: "Amy Dickson is very hardworking and obviously determined to show us the saxophone can be a concert instrument. Well done her and well done Sony." 

Album of Special Historical Significance (36 CD's)

Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Decca 0028947863601

David's verdict: "I'm spoilt for choice. Haitink has such a great legacy."