The New Releases Show with David Mellor - Saturday 13 December 2014, 9pm

David Mellor offers suggestions for great classical albums to give as gifts this Christmas.

Tonight David Mellor offers suggestions for great Christmas gifts, including Anna Netrebko’s brilliant new recording of Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss.

On it she's accompanied by the Staatskapelle Berlin, one of Germany’s oldest and most prestigious orchestras with a proud Strauss tradition, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, making an irresistible, all-star combination.

The album also features the Staatskapelle and Barenboim performing Ein Heldenleben, one of the most vivid and popular tone poems by Strauss, who himself was Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatskapelle a century ago.

David also showcases some wonderful recordings by the French pianist Hélène Grimaud.

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