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's verdict? 'Wonderful stuff, brilliantly played.' It's the 'finest of the Beethoven Cello Sonata sets,' he says.
This week's choices:
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
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
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
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
David's verdict: "It's hard to imagine a single album of famous hymns better done this one. Don't hesitate."