The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 8 March 2014

David's album of the week comes from the great Peruvian tenor, Juan Diego Flórez.

In L’Amour, Juan Diego Flórez’s first solo album in four years, the Peruvian tenor turns the spotlight on his own choice of French operatic repertoire - including works by Donizetti, Gounod and Massenet. 

'I really can't recommend this too highly,' says David Mellor. 'Juan is in great voice and the choices are such fun. It is also fantastic to see a full set of accompanying notes. This is quality from every possible aspect.'

That's why he's made it his Album of the Week.

Best Bargain

Opera Arias
Kiri Te Kanawa
Warner Classics 2564635295

David's verdict: 'If you like fine soprano singing, I can't urge you more to purchase this.' 

Connoisseurs  Choice

Brahms Piano Concerto No.2
Maurizio Pollini/Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann
Deutsche Grammophon 0289 479 2384 8 CD DDD GH

David's verdict: 'Pollini is on good form.'


Album of Historical Significance 

Carlo Maria Giulini: The Chicago Years
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Guilini
Warner Classics 4317522 

David's verdict: 'Full of Giulini's biggest works from his repertory and a party piece. This is excellent.'


Connisseurs Choice 

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet Op.115/String Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2
Michael Collins/The Brodsky Quartet
Chandos CHAN10817

David's verdict: 'Lovely, and well produced.'


Album of the Week 

Juan Diego Florez/Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna/Roberto Abbado
Decca 4785948

David's verdict: 'Juan is in great voice and the choices are such fun...This is quality from every possible aspect.'