Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
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.
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 .
Maxim Vengerov: The Complete Recordings 1991-2007
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
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
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"
Karl Jenkins: Motets
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
David Mellor's verdict: "Really high quality stuff...What you get here is a real authority behind the performance. Krauss really knows the music"