Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Impressive new recordings of Chopin and Bach are among David Mellor's choices.
This week, David Mellor showcases a great new album of the Chopin piano concertos from star Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky. As ever, the pianist demonstrates a perfect balance between virtuosic fireworks and lyrical melody. On this recording, he's ably assisted by an orchestra that probably has the best insight into the soul of Chopin, Sinfonia Varsovia.
Respighi: The Birds
Kyler Brown (organ)/Chamber Orchestra of New York/Salvatore Di Vittorio
David Mellor's verdict: 'There is a lot on offer here and at a great price. Another great release from Naxos.'
J.S Bach: Italian Concerto
Steven Devine (harpsichord)
Chaconne CHAN 0802
David Mellor's verdict: 'The playing from Steven Devine is fantastic as is the recording quality.'
Special Historical Significance
Carlio Maria Giulini: The Complete Sony Recordings
David Mellor's verdict: 'The way this set has been packaged up is superb. I highly recommend!'
Album of the Week
Chopin: The Piano Concerto
Nikolai Lugansky/Sinfonia Varsovia/Alexander Vedernikov
Naive AM 212
David Mellor's verdict: 'Lugansky is one of the most interesting virtuoso's around. Not only can he play all the notes in spectacular fashion. He also phrases well. A skill that must be heard.'
Choice for the curious
British Works for Cello and Piano - Vol 3
Paul Watkins (cello)/Huw Watkins (piano)
Chandos CHAN 10818
David Mellor's verdict: 'There are some very musically interesting works here and, if you are a downloader, I would recommend looking into the Rubbra or Rawsthorne works.'
Choice for the very Curious
The Blossoming Vine: Italian Maestri in Poland
The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan
David Mellor's verdict: 'A really interesting selection of works and the usual stunning sound of The Sixteen - lovely jubbly!'