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
Chandos CHAN10804 

David's verdict: 'I very much like this - a really attractive collection.'
Love and Loss - Madrigals of Love and Loss
Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen 
Hyperion CDA68019

David's verdict: 'A great introduction for anyone to the music of Monteverdi.'


Mozart: Violin Concertos and Sonata 
Ray Chen/Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach
Sony 88765447752 

David's verdict: 'A violinist of real promise - a questing musician.'

Schubert: Der Wanderer
Florian Boesch/Roger Vignoles
Hyperion CDA68010

David's verdict: 'A great chance to explore Schubert's lesser known pieces.'


Kodaly: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2, Intermezzo and Gavotte
Dante Quartet
Hyperion CDA67999

David's verdict: 'Really charming music and an album with lots of little extra bits.’

Stradivarius in Rio
Vikoria Mullova and Friends
Onyx 4130 

David's verdict: 'Here is Mullova really letting her hair down. It does exactly what it says on the tin.'


Mister Paganini
Laurent Korcia/Haruko Ueda/Orchestre de Chambre de Paris/Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Naive V5344

David's verdict: 'Well known in France but should be better known over here as well. He keeps getting better and better.'