Nicola Benedetti's new album - exclusive preview

The New Releases Show with David Mellor - Saturday 21 June 2014. David Mellor has a special first play of 'Homecoming', the new album from Nicola Benedetti.

It’s something of a violin special this week: David plays a brilliant new recording of music by Walton featuring the superb violinist Tasmin Little.

There's also a sneak preview of the latest release from Nicola Benedetti. Called Homecoming, it’s not out until next month – but you can hear it first on Classic FM.  

David also dips into a new 19-CD box set celebrating the forthcoming 40th birthday of another fine violinist – Maxim Vengerov .

Best Bargain

Maxim Vengerov: The Complete Recordings 1991-2007
Maxim Vengerov
Warner 2564631514

David Mellor's verdict: "This box allows us to understand why his teachers said a player like Vengerov only comes around once a century"

For the Curious

Works by Debussy, Françaix, Glinka, Milhaud, Prokofiev
Julian Bliss/Bradley Moore 
Signum SIGCD384

David Mellor's verdict: "An enterprising issue. Certainly worth a download."

Best for Beginners

Homecoming - A Scottish Fantasy
Nicola Benedetti/Julie Fowlis/Phil Cunningham/Aly Bain/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Rory Macdonald 
Decca 4786690

David Mellor's verdict: "Aimed squarely at people who want to cross the threshold from popular music to classical. A great mix of music here"

Connoisseurs Choice

Karl Jenkins: Motets 
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Decca 4793232

David Mellor's verdict: "I'm a sinner come to repentance. Having never recommended Karl Jenkins before, I can hand on heart say this should be strongly recommended to all. A fine Connoisseurs Choice."

Album of the Week

Walton: Symphony No.1/Violin Concerto
Tasmin Little/BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner
Chandos CHSA 5136

David Mellor's verdict: "You really can't go wrong with this one."

Clemens Krauss/Richard Strauss: The complete Decca Recordings 
Vienna Philharmonic/Clemens Krauss 
Decca 4786493

David Mellor's verdict: "Really high quality stuff...What you get here is a real authority behind the performance. Krauss really knows the music" 


The New Releases Show

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