The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 8 February 2014
David Mellor's Album of the Week comes from the young Taiwanese-Australian violinist Ray Chen.
Since winning the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 2008, Ray Chen has established himself as one of the world’s most exciting young violinists.
This week David Mellor picks Chen's first all-Mozart album as his Album of the Week. Chen performs two of the composer’s violin concertos, together with an orchestra of exceptional young instrumentalists who come together for the annual Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in northern Germany.
This week's choices:
The Virtuoso Clarinet
Michael Collins/Michael McHale
David's verdict: 'I very much like this - a really attractive collection.'
Love and Loss - Madrigals of Love and Loss
David's verdict: 'A great introduction for anyone to the music of Monteverdi.'
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Mozart: Violin Concertos and Sonata
Ray Chen/Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach
David's verdict: 'A violinist of real promise - a questing musician.'
Schubert: Der Wanderer
Florian Boesch/Roger Vignoles
David's verdict: 'A great chance to explore Schubert's lesser known pieces.'
CHOICE FOR THE CURIOUS
Kodaly: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2, Intermezzo and Gavotte
David's verdict: 'Really charming music and an album with lots of little extra bits.’
Stradivarius in Rio
Vikoria Mullova and Friends
David's verdict: 'Here is Mullova really letting her hair down. It does exactly what it says on the tin.'
ARTIST TO WATCH
Laurent Korcia/Haruko Ueda/Orchestre de Chambre de Paris/Jean-Jacques Kantorow
David's verdict: 'Well known in France but should be better known over here as well. He keeps getting better and better.'