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

The latest album releases come up for scrutiny from Classic FM's resident expert critic.

This week, David Mellor showcases a new album of vocal favourites from mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca while saxophonist Amy Dickson holds on to the last of summer with her latest offering.  

There's also a superb account of music by Verdi from the Grammy-nominated Enso Quartet.

Album of the Week

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4/Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2/Violin Concerto
Maurizio Pollini/Lisa Batiashvili/Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann
DG 002894792787

David Mellor's verdict: "Thielemann might not be the heir to Karajan just yet, but he is on his way. Not only do you get audio here but also a fabulous DVD."

Connoisseur's Choice

Elina GaranĨa/Latvian Radio Choir/Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken/Karel Mark Chichon
DG 002894792071

David Mellor's verdict: "I didn't think I would be including a religious uplift album but its a Connoisseurs Choice for me"

Choice for the Curious

Schubert: Symphonies Nos.1 and 2
Svenska Kammarorkestern/Thomas Dausgaard

David Mellor's verdict: "This is a choice for the curious and really anyone who loves 19th Century music should love this early work from a young Schubert."

William Wallace: Creation Symphony and other orchestral works 
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins
Helios CDH55465

David Mellor's verdict: "A national treasure, not just for this music but also for his work as a doctor during the First World War. A great discovery…"

A Summer Place
Amy Dickson
Sony 88843040412

David Mellor's verdict: "A wonderful artist."

Strauss, Puccini and Verdi: Works for String Quartet
Enso Quartet
Naxos 8.573108

David Mellor's verdict: "A new name on me but really, really great."

Haydn, Mozart, Schubert: Symphonies
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan 
Warner 0825646336272

David Mellor's verdict: "Hats off to Warners for offering a life of listening pleasure."

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