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

David Mellor's pick of the week's new albums includes a spectacular set of Schumann symphonies.

For his Album of the Week, David Mellor has chosen live performances in Paris of Schumann's symphonies, played by the superb Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet Séguin. 

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
DG 4792437 

David's verdict: 'This is a truly great set and Nezet-Seguin really shines here.'


BEST BARGAIN  

Brahms: German Requiem
Christiane Libor/Thomas E. Bauer/Warsaw Philharmonic Choir/Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Antoni Wit
Naxos 8573061 

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
Signum SIGCD376

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
Signum SIGCD375 

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.' 

 

CONNOISSEURS CHOICE  

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.' 

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