The New Releases Show with David Mellor - Saturday 6 September 2014, 9pm

David Mellor picks Maria João Pires's new recording of Beethoven's third and fourth piano concertos as his Album of the Week.

For her first recording on the ONYX label, the great Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires has recorded two Beethoven concertos that she has played often, but never before recorded. After giving concerts in Stockholm last October, she went directly into the studio with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. This remarkable recording is the result. David Mellor has no hesitation in recommending it as his Album of the Week. 

Connoisseurs Choice

Schubert: Piano Sonatas 
Daniel Barenboim
DG 002894792783

David Mellor's verdict: "Barenboim's experience shines through." 

For the Curious

Handel: Arias 
Alice Coote/The English Concert/Harry Bicket
Hyperion CDA 67979

David Mellor's verdict: "I can sometimes take or leave Handel - but this is great." 

Choice for the Very Curious

Georgy Catoire: Piano Music
Marc-André Hamelin 
Helios CDH55425

David Mellor's verdict: "Catoire is very obscure…but I thoroughly enjoyed these."

Best for Beginners

Italian Soprano Arias
Maria Luigia Borsi/London Symphony Orchestra/Yves Abel
Naxos 8.573412

David Mellor's verdict: "Very accomplished."

Album of the week

Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 
Maria Joao Pires/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding
Onyx 4125

David Mellor's verdict: "A very generous release and both performances are excellent."

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