The New Releases Show with David Mellor - Saturday 31 May 2014

A stunning complete new recording of West Side Story is on David Mellor's playlist this evening.

David Mellor has been enjoying the latest recording from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: their all-American performance of Bernstein’s complete West Side Story score with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Hear some of it tonight.

Plus - a Verdi opera, sung in English? Does it work? David certainly thinks so – and he’s picked a great new recording of Macbeth to prove the point. 

Plus – discover a different side to Vaughan Williams, with David’s Choice for the Curious.

Best Bargain 

The Music of John Barry 
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Silver Screen SILCD1445
David Mellor's verdict: 'Heaven's above this is a real treasure trove for film buffs.' 

Album of the Week 

Verdi: Macbeth 
Simon Keenlyside/English National Opera Orchestra/Edward Gardner
Chandos CHAN 3180 (2)

David Mellor's verdict: 'Simply put I think this will go down as one of the best recordings of Verdi's Macbeth.'

Choice For the Curious 

Handel: The Eight Great Suites 
Danny Driver 
Hyperion CDA68041/2

David Mellor's verdict: 'Young Danny Driver proves that Handel can work on the grand piano. It's wonderful value and a great listen.' 

Best for Beginners 

West Side Story
Alexandra Silber/Cheyenne Jackson/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Michael Tilson Thomas
Avie SFS 0059

David Mellor's verdict: 'Worth a listen.'

Choice For The Very Curious

Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet
London Soloists Ensemble
Naxos 8.573191

David Mellor's verdict: 'This is as far as you get can get off the beaten track with Vaughan Williams. Very well recorded and played.'

Connoisseurs Choice 

James Rutherford sings Wagner
James Rutherford/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton
Bis BIS-2080

David Mellor's verdict: 'A great bass-baritone. A real connoisseurs choice"

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