The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 5 April 2014

David Mellor showcases the best of the new classical albums.

This week David Mellor features more from Classic FM’s Album of the Weekend – a brilliant new recording of Bach violin concertos from Renaud Capucon and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  

Also this week, two young artists take centre-stage – French cellist Edgar Moreau performs Elgar, and Franceso Piemontesi tackles a great Mozart piano sonata.  

Finally, David’s Best Bargain features a stunning selection of Gershwin hits, taken from a brand new compilation covering the American composer’s work on Broadway.

Young artist to watch 

Play: Works for Cello and Piano
Edgar Moreau/Pierre-Yves Hodique
Erato 2564636958

David's verdict: 'A new name for me and a rather fine album indeed.' 

Recording of special historical significance.  

The London Years
London Symphony Orchestra/István Kertész
Decca 4786420

David's verdict: 'This is a terrific set. Well worth investing in - you can't go wrong."


Connoisseurs Choice

Mozart: Piano Works
Francesco Piemontesi
Naive V5367

David's verdict: 'This is absolutely fantastic...Naive have some great recordings and I always rush to buy them."


Choice for the curious 

J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto 
Renaud Capuçon/Celine Frisch/Chamber Orchestra of EuropeWarner Classics
Erato 2564632322
David's verdict: 'The playing is masterful.'


Best Bargain

AMERICA! Volume 2: Gershwin, from Broadway to the Concert Hall
Jon Nakamatsu/Jon Manasse/Frank Braley/Michael Sheppard/Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Harmonie Ensemble New York
Harmonia Mundi America! HMX2908541/42

David's verdict: 'A very generous selection. A great bargain." 


Album of the Week

Poulenc: Stabat Mater  
Carolyn Sampson/Cappella Amsterdam/Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Reuss
Harmonia Mundi HMC902149

David's verdict: 'I was sad that Poulenc didn't get much of a celebration last year for his 200th anniversary, but it is still good to see that artists and labels still have faith." 

The New Releases Show

The New CD Show With David Mellor on Classic FM The New Releases Show

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