The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 22 February 2014

The bassoon has a field day in David Mellor's Choice for the Very Curious.

David Mellor's pick of the best new releases include a sparkling second outing for Daniel Barenboim at the Vienna Philharmonic's New Years Day Concert, a curious collection that will allow the bassoon to reclaim its dignity as a serious instrument, and unusual arrangements made by Hummel of three Mozart symphonies.

This week's selection:

New Years Day Concert 2014
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim
Sony 88883792289 

David Mellor's verdict: 'It's a big well done all around. I can't recommend this highly enough.' 

Choice for the Curious

The Voice of the Turtle Dove 
The Sixteen
Coro COR16119

David Mellor's verdict: 'A fine recording. Great value. Well worth getting hold of.' 

Choice for the Very Curious

The Proud Bassoon
Peter Whelan/Ensemble Marsyas

David Mellor's verdict: 'The bassoon is the clown of the orchestra, but it wasn't always so. And this album goes some way to change this.' 

Best Bargain

Hummel: Mozart's Symphonies 38-40, arranged for flute, violin, cello and piano
Uwe Grodd/Friedemann Eichhorn/Martin Rummel/Roland Krüger
Naxos 8572841

David Mellor's verdict: 'A really good value curiosity from Naxos. Really interesting release.'

Connoisseurs  Choice

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos.1-5
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda
Chandos CHAN10802(2)

David Mellor's verdict: 'Bavouzet has all the technique needed for such a recording. You'll find plenty of great tunes here.' 

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