Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
David Mellor's pick of the week's new albums includes a spectacular set of Schumann symphonies.
Taking a fresh perspective, the conductor challenges the conventional view on the composer’s symphonies, exploring them with a smaller ensemble and emphasising the works' dramatic changes of temperament.
David Mellor calls it a 'truly great set.'
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Schumann: The Symphonies
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
David's verdict: 'This is a truly great set and Nezet-Seguin really shines here.'
Brahms: German Requiem
Christiane Libor/Thomas E. Bauer/Warsaw Philharmonic Choir/Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Antoni Wit
David's verdict: 'Perhaps not the definitive recording of Brahms' German Requiem, but certainly worth a listen.'
YOUNG ARTIST TO WATCH
1917: Works for Violin and Piano
Tamsin Waley Cohen/Huw Watkins
David's verdict: 'Great playing from the very talented Tamsin Waley-Cohen. This really highlights the talent of the next generation of virtuosi.'
CHOICE FOR THE CURIOUS
A Purcell Collection
VOCES8 and Les Inventions
David's verdict: 'Those of a curious disposition would be well advised here. If you enjoyed Eventide from Voces8 then certainly give this a try.'
The Beethoven Journey
Leif Ove Andsnes/Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Sony Classical 88883705482
David's verdict: 'A fine album. I think there is a real freshness to this music. I found it captivating.'