Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
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.
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
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
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
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.'
James Rutherford sings Wagner
James Rutherford/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton
David Mellor's verdict: 'A great bass-baritone. A real connoisseurs choice"