The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 4 January 2014

Milos playing Rodrigo is David Mellor's Album of the Week.

Tonight, David Mellor gets a new year of album releases under way with some of classical music's heavyweights.

There's an extraordinary live recording of Beethoven 's Missa Solemnis in the hands of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. And Mozart's Haffner Symphony taken at a cracking pace by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Also David's Album of the Week is Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez played by the brilliant young guitarist Milos


Connoisseur's Choices

Russian Treasures
Tenebrae/Nigel Short
Signum SIGCD900  

David's verdict: "Sung extremely well - from Russia with love, all the way from Kilburn."

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Lucy Crowe/Jennifer Johnston/James Gilchrist/Matthew Rose/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
SDG 718  

David's verdict: "An extraordinary performance. Thoroughly convincing."


Album of the Week & Best for Beginners

Rodrigo: Concerto de Aranjuez/Fantasia para un Gentilhombre
Milos Karadaglić/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin 
Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics

David's verdict: "It really is marvellous. This boy is very special indeed."

Choice for the Curious

Mozart: March in D major/Serenade No. 9 in D major/Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'
Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Sony 88883720682

David's Verdict: "Well-filled album. A pretty vigorous performance."

Choice for the Very Curious

Henk de Vileger: Wagner - The Ring, An Orchestral Adventure
Royal Swedish Orchestra/Lawrence Renes

David's Verdict: "A really good introduction to the Ring."

The New Releases Show

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Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.