The New Releases Show with David Mellor - Saturday 21 February 2015, 9pm
David Mellor joins the 175th anniversary celebrations of the RLPO by showcasing a stunning new recording of Elgar's First Symphony.
David Mellor's Album of the Week tonight is the outstanding new performance of Elgar's stately Symphony No.1, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko in this their 175th anniversary year.
Listen again to this show:
Their previous recording of Elgar's Second Symphony was acclaimed by critics and public alike around the world.
This new album also features Elgar's Cockaigne overture, taken at a brisk pace - which David particularly enjoyed.
"Beautifully played and very well conducted," is his verdict.
Also tonight, another Elgar new release: Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Bergen Philharmonic in two of the composer’s most popular early choral works - Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf and The Banner of Saint George.