The New Releases Show with David Mellor - Saturday 10 May 2014

Join David Mellor for his pick of the week's new releases.

This week, David Mellor showcases a new album of piano music by Chopin from one of France’s finest pianists, and also introduces us to a new Russian soprano who’s being tipped as one of the most exciting opera stars of the future.  

He also explores the first three box sets from Warner Classics’ Karajan Official Remastered Editions – a treasure-trove of amazing performances from the most recorded conductor in classical music history.

Recording of Special Historical Significance

Jose Carreras sings Opera Arias 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Roberto Benzi
Decca 480 8142

David Mellor's verdict: 'A real red hot recording of Jose Carreras from a very good new re-issues series by Decca'


Best Bargain 

Toru Takemitusu: Complete Solo Guitar Works
Shin-ichi Fukuda
Naxos 8.573153 

David Mellor's verdict: 'All of Takemitsu's solo works. It's certainly a well filled and interested album.'


Young Artist to Watch 

Olga Peretyatko/NDR Sinfonieorchester/Enrique Mazzola 
Sony 88883738592

David Mellor's verdict: 'A very auspicious release indeed. She has a bright future.'


Album of the Week

Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 3: Nocturnes, Impromptus, Sonata in B minor
Louis Sortie
Chandos CHAN 10813

David Mellor's verdict: 'I have always enjoyed his playing. The sound is excellent.'

Connoisseurs Choice  
Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 5/Coriolan Overture
Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics 825646337354 

Recording of Special Historic Significance 
Mozart: Horn Concertos 1-4
Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics 825646336258 

Choice for the Curious 
Chabrier: España/Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Symphony No.6, 'Pathetique'
Vienna Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics 825646336180  

David Mellor's verdict: 'All these works have been very well remastered and are simply amazing value for money. Hours and hours of music here. I simply adore the work of Karajan.'

The New Releases Show

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Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.