Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
David Mellor is off to Hollywood with Daniel Hope for his Album of the Week.
First it was John Suchet 's Album of the Week, now David Mellor can't resist making it his as well.
Daniel Hope is one of the most inventive and imaginative violinists of our time and with his new release, Escape to Paradise, he explores the music and the lasting influence of a generation of composers who made their mark on Hollywood's Golden Age, often as a result of fleeing their homelands.
Best for Beginners
Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck
David Mellor's verdict: "If you want to get into orchestral music the music of Strauss is the perfect way in and the Vienna Symphony has as much skill as the Vienna Philharmonic."
Choice for the Curious
My Beloved's Voice
Choir of Jesus College Cambridge/Mark Williams
David Mellor's verdict: "Very well filled. You also get the Chapel Choir who are equally in fine voice"
Album of the Week
Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album
Daniel Hope/Maria Todtenhaupt/Jacques Ammon/Sting/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/ Quintet of the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin/Alexander Shelley
DG 00289 479 2954
David Mellor's verdict: "I really admire Daniel Hope's flair and creativity in bringing this album to us…Sure to do well"
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 18 and 19
Mitsuko Uchida/The Cleveland Orchestra
Decca 0289 478 6763
David Mellor's verdict: "Everything Uchida does is with skill…A very strong release indeed."
Dussek: The Classical Piano Concerto 1
Howard Shelley/Ulster Orchestra
David Mellor's verdict: "How great of Hyperion to be embarking on yet another fascinating series of releases. Can't wait."