Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
David Mellor celebrates Sir Neville Marriner's 90th birthday this week with a superb new recording from the great man.
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
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!"
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'
Harmonia Mundi HMC902162
David's verdict: 'I can't recommend this too highly. The Casals Quartet really do play exceptionally well.'
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
David's verdict: 'Beautifully conducted...Highly recommended.'