The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 12 April 2014

David Mellor celebrates Sir Neville Marriner's 90th birthday this week with a superb new recording from the great man.

In the week of Sir Neville Marriner 's 90th birthday, David Mellor has some wonderful offerings from the legendary conductor. 

Not only is David's Album of the Week Sir Neville's latest release of two Mozart piano concertos - with Ingrid Jacoby the soloist - but there's a massive box set of the Academy of St. Martin in the Field's finest early recordings as David's Recording of Special Historical Significance.


Choice for the curious 

Shostakovich: Six Romances on Verses by English Poets
Gerald Finley/Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Sanderling
Ondine ODE12352

David's verdict: 'If you are a bit musically curious and want to push the envelope a bit then this is most certainly the one for you.' 

Album Of The Week

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.14 & 27
Ingrid Jacoby/Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner
ICA Classics ICAC5125

David's verdict: 'Ingrid Jacoby's playing is very good and with Sir Neville Marriner conducting 51 years after his first record, well what a record, indeed!"

Connoisseurs Choices
Stabat Mater dolorosa - Music for Passiontide
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/Graham Ross
Harmonia Mundi HMU907616

David's verdict: 'A great seasonal Easter release. Its hard to imagine these performances better done.'

Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 51 'Seven Last Words'
Cuarteto Casals
Harmonia Mundi HMC902162

David's verdict: 'I can't recommend this too highly. The Casals Quartet really do play exceptionally well.'


Best Bargain

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas and Sacred Masterpieces
The Monteverdi Choir/The English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
DG Archiv 4778735 

David's verdict: 'Another really appropriate reissue in time for Easter and with 22 CD's a truly great bargain.'


Recording of Special Historical Significance

The Argo Years
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner
Decca 4786883

David's verdict: 'Beautifully conducted...Highly recommended.' 

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