Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Eighty-two CDs of Herbert von Karajan - possibly the biggest boxed-set you could give this Christmas.
Between 1970 and 1979, Herbert von Karajan recorded 82 CDs-worth of orchestral and choral music for Deutsche Grammophon. This was the period that saw Karajan delve deeply into important repertoire that he never really tackled before or after – from Vivaldi to Mahler, to Berg, Schoenberg and Webern as well as Orff. Not to forget Christmas Concertos, National Anthems and Prussian Marches!
It's David's Album of Special Historic Interest tonight.
Best for Beginners
Vittorio Grigolo/Cistine Chapel Choir/Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta/Fabio Cerroni
David's verdict: "Grigolo is a fine tenor."
Album of the Week
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 and 9-11
DG Maurizio Pollini Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas 4778806
David's verdict: "A very good listen. Not many people do it better than Pollini."
Choice for the Curious
Dvorak: Symphonies No.2 and 3/Symphonic Dances
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/José Serebrier
Warner Classics 2564645276
David's verdict: "I thoroughly enjoyed it."
Choice for the Very Curious
David Bowerman: Unto the Hills
Champs Hill CHR CD069
David's verdict: "Very lively British artists.
Brahms: Serenade No.1 and Beethoven: Romances
Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra/Augustin Dumay
David's verdict: "Very attractive."
Album of Special Historical Interest
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan
David's verdict: "A lifetime of listening pleasure. You're not going to find music making any better wherever you look."