Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Mendelssohn in Birmingham is among David's pick of the best new releases this week.
In his never-ending quest for new classical releases David Mellor is off to Birmingham, with his 'Connoisseur's Choice' Mendelssohn in Birmingham .
But life on the road doesn’t end there as David also hops over to France for his 'Choice for the Curious' featuring wind ensemble Les Vents Francais and an array of French musical fancies.
This week's selection:
Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 4
Prague Sinfonia Orchestra/Christian Benda
David's verdict: "Here marks the end of a major Naxos project."
Choice for the Curious
Sivan Magen (harp)
David's verdict: "I like Sivan's playing a lot on this…There is lots of interesting new music here"
Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol.1
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner
David's verdict: "This is a very lively performance and as it's only volume one. I imagine there is more to come - I say bring it on!"
Album of the Week
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 25 and 20
Martha Argerich/Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado
David's verdict: "This might well be one of the last recordings of Abbado - Such grandeur and pure joy:"
Choice for the Very Curious
French Music for Winds & 20th Century Wind Quintets
Les Vents Français
Warner Classics 2564634845
David's verdict: "A curious 2-CD album, but if you are curious you will most certainly enjoy this."