The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 23 November 2013

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

Ave Maria
Vittorio Grigolo/Cistine Chapel Choir/Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta/Fabio Cerroni
Sony 88725449612

David's verdict: "Grigolo is a fine tenor."

Album of the Week

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 and 9-11
Maurizio Pollini
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.

Connoisseuer's choice

Brahms: Serenade No.1 and Beethoven: Romances
Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra/Augustin Dumay
Onyx ONYX4101

David's verdict: "Very attractive."

Album of Special Historical Interest

Karajan 1970s
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan
DG 4791577

David's verdict: "A lifetime of listening pleasure. You're not going to find music making any better wherever you look."