The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 11 January 2014

David Mellor opts for a sublime new vocal album from VOCES8 as his Album of the Week.

The choral ensemble VOCES8 is about to release its first album, Eventide , on the Decca label and the recording is already making waves. David Mellor has picked it as his Album of the Week this week, and from Monday, it's also John Suchet 's Album of the Week.

It's a sublime mixture of latin hymn tunes and contemporary choral classics from the likes of Eric Whitacre , Patrick Hawes and John Williams . And, as David himself says, "What an excellent album this is."

David's choices this week:

Choice for the Curious

Mozart: Music for Salzburg Cathedral
Choir of New College Oxford/Collegium Novum/Edward Higginbottom
Novum NCR1388

David's verdict: "Mozart just couldn't help writing good stuff."

Connoisseur's Choice

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol.2
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Chandos CHAN 10798

David's verdict: "This is a very good cycle - well worth following."

Album of the Week

Decca 4785703

David's verdict: "I so like this. What an excellent album this is."

Recording of Special Historical Significance

Noel Mewton Wood and Peter Pears
Noel Mewton Wood/London Symphony Orchestra/Basil Cameron
Testament SBT1493

David's verdict: "You can still hear what a formidable pianist Mewton Wood was. Well worth buying."

Best for Beginners

Opera Breve
Philippe Quint/Lily Maisky
Avanti AVANTI10402

David's verdict: "Super album, this. Well worth considering."

Best Bargain

The Glory of New College Choir
The Choir of New College Choir, Oxford/Edward Higginbottom
Erato 2564642743

David's verdict: "The Choir of New College Oxford is one of the best. Don't miss it."

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