The New Releases Show: 13 October

11 October 2012, 16:22

"Exceptional performances of music by Prokofiev" David’s Album of the Week is from the acclaimed violinist Janine Jansen, performing Prokofiev.

Choice for the Curious

Palestrina – Volume 2

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

What David says: "This album is top quality and unless you're a Latin scholar the fact that some of the album features Christmas music will not put you off. Palestrina is one of the great geniuses of liturgical music and for me The Sixteen just get better and better."

Best for Beginners

Virtuoso: Ballet Highlights

Mstislav Rostropovich
Herbert von Karajan
Deutsche Grammophon
478 4239

What David says: "This Ballet Highlights album from Deutsche Grammophon gives you sixty-six minutes of quality music making. The album is really good and I’d recommended this as a very good way into classical music – this album is well worth getting."

Young Artist to Watch


Elina Garanca
Deutsche Grammophon
00289 479 0071

What David says: "I’ve been lucky enough to see Elina Garanca on many occasions as she had an internship at the Royal Opera House and she is now one the biggest mezzo stars.  Elina really is one of the finest modern young opera stars and this album Romantique is very fine and demonstrates what a talent she is."

Connoisseur’s Choice 1

Debussy: Complete Works for Piano

Jean Efflam Bavouzet
CHAN 10743 (5-DISC SET)

What David says: "Some of the finest recordings of Debussy’s piano music have come from Chandos and there are many joys to be found on this 5 Disc set played by Jean Efflam Bavouzet. I really can’t fault anything on this recording, and I would highly recommend this album."

Connoisseur’s Choice 2

Parry: Works for Chorus and Orchestra

BBC National Orchestra of Wales / BBC National Chorus of Wales
Neeme Jarvi
CHAN 10740

What David says: "There are three really strong reasons to buy this album – firstly there is a wedding march from the incidental music to The Birds, which featured at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Secondly the original version of Jerusalem composed in 1916 before Elgar re-orchestrated the piece is featured and the third reason is that the piece 'England' features on the album. This piece is really special but it has never really caught on. It is not quite as magnificent as Jerusalem but it really isn’t too far behind and is a very lovely tune indeed."

Album of the Week

Janine Jansen plays Prokofiev


What David says: "This is new Decca issue features exceptional performances of music by Prokofiev. The virtuosity and musicianship of the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen is really shown off on this recording and I particularly like the Violin Concerto No.2 which is wonderfully lyrical."

Connoisseur’s Choice 3

Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies

The John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson

What David says: "I love the John Wilson Orchestra and the great joy of their latest album ‘Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies’ is that it features the great Joyce Didonato. Joyce joins in the fun through the marvels of modern technology - the orchestra was in London and Joyce recorded in Kansas. She sings on the track ‘You’ll Never walk alone’ which comes from Carousel and in my opinion – no one does this better than her."