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
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."
Elina Garanča/Latvian Radio Choir/Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken/Karel Mark Chichon
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
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
David Mellor's verdict: "A wonderful artist."
Strauss, Puccini and Verdi: Works for String Quartet
David Mellor's verdict: "A new name on me but really, really great."
Haydn, Mozart, Schubert: Symphonies
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan
David Mellor's verdict: "Hats off to Warners for offering a life of listening pleasure."