The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 26 April 2014

A YouTube piano sensation tackles the music of Michael Nyman.

This week David Mellor's Album of the Week comes from the Ukranian YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa whose videos have been viewed more than 50 million times.

Her new album sees her exploring the piano music of Michael Nyman, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

The album includes all ten solo piano transcriptions from the hit film The Piano , collected together on one album for the first time, along with complete recordings of his published music for solo piano.

David's verdict? 'The YouTube sensation is really at the top of her game and she really makes the music move.'

Choice for the Curious

The Operatic Pianist
Andrew Wright
Divine Art DDA25113

David Mellor's verdict: 'A very fine technical recording from Andrew Wright…Pure joy.'


Connoisseurs Choice

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies
Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Leif Segerstam
Chandos CHAN 7054M

David Mellor's verdict: 'Sometimes there is a lack of weight to the strings, but I would still give this high marks.'


Album of the Week

Chasing Piano - The Piano Music of Michael Nyman
Valentona Lisitsa
Decca 4786421

David Mellor's verdict: 'The YouTube sensation is really at the top of her game and she really makes the music move.'


Best Bargain

The Great Recordings
Sir Malcolm Sargent
Warner Classics 2564634121

David Mellor's verdict: 'Full of marvellous works…Well worth investigating.' 


Young Artist to Watch

Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Alisa Weilerstein
Decca 4785705
 
David Mellor's verdict: 'Highly enjoyable…she is clearly a big talent.'

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