The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 25 February 2014

David Mellor picks a new recording of Beethoven's complete Cello Sonatas as his Album of the Week.

David Mellor's Album of the Week tonight features the great British cellist Steven Isserlis playing Beethoven's complete Cello Sonatas with Robert Levin at the piano.

David's verdict? 'Wonderful stuff, brilliantly played.' It's the 'finest of the Beethoven Cello Sonata sets,' he says.

This week's choices:

Connoisseuer's Choice

Hummel and Schubert: Piano Quintets
The Music Collection
Chandos Chaconne - CHAN0800

David's verdict: "It's especially well played here. Well worth having."

Choice for the curious

Mozart: Concert Arias
Rolando Villazon/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano
DG 4792463

David's verdict: "Invaluable. A quality production. Great fun."

Album of the Week

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos.1-5 and variations
Steven Isserlis/Robert Levin
Hyperion CDA67981/2

David's verdict: "Wonderful stuff, brilliantly played. The finest of the Beethoven Cello Sonata sets."

Choice for the very curious

Overtures from the British Isles
BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rumon Gamba
Chandos CHAN10797

David's verdict: "A fine performance. If you want to learn more about British music, this is a very interesting way..."


Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey Choir/James O'Donnell
Hyperion CDA68013

David's verdict: "It's hard to imagine a single album of famous hymns better done this one. Don't hesitate."