The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 2 November 2013

Vasily Petrenko takes the RLPO through a spirited account of Rachmaninov's first symphony.

David Mellor's Album of the Week tonight comes from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Classic FM's Orchestra in North-West England. It's the important third release completing their series of Rachmaninov symphonies under charismatic conductor Vasily Petrenko.

David's describing this as a 'miraculously spirited account.'

There's also a marvellous compilation of Pavarotti singing Verdi, and the Great American Songbook as you've never heard it before. 

Choice for the Curious

Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol.3
Prague Sinfonia Orchestra/Christian Benda
Naxos 8570935

David's verdict: 'If you like Rossini and you like a bargain, you can't go far wrong with this.'

Connoisseur's choice

J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
Janine Jansen and friends
Decca 4785362

David's verdict: 'One of the major violin talents of our time.'

Pavarotti sings Verdi
Luciano Pavarotti
Decca 4785397

David's verdict: 'Full of really good things. Great singing and great music.'

Best for Beginners

Great American Songbook
The King's Singers
Signum SIGCD341

David's verdict: 'Lovely new arrangements, lovely tunes, very well done.'

Album of the Week

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D minor/Prince Rostislav
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
Warner Classics - 4095962

David's verdict: 'A miraculously spirited account.'

Best Bargain

Erato 50 CD collection
Various artists
Warner Classics 2564644181

David's verdict: 'If you want to indulge yourself, this is a good box for you.'

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Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.