The New Releases Show: 17 November

"The music is so exceptional" David's album of the week is an album of incidental music by Korngold performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Album of the Week

Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgards
ODE 1191-2D

What David says: “This music is a splendid album. The music is so exceptional, it really is terrific and to have the whole of Much Ado About Nothing in one collection is wonderful.”

Best Bargain

LSO Live – Mahler Symphonies 1-9

Valery Gergiev
LSO Live

What David says: “Although I don’t think Gergiev is the greatest ever Mahler conductor, this album of the London Symphony Orchestra gives you some very modern recordings and is a very good value set.”  

Connoisseur’s Choice

Mendelssohn – The Complete Symphonies, Concertos and String Symphonies

Various Artists
BIS – 2002 CD

What David says: “This 11 CD box set released by BIS contains Mendelssohn’s complete symphonies, concertos and string symphonies. Mendelssohn was probably the greatest of all child prodigies and there is some stuff on here that you rarely get to hear. This is a well crafted set and I really rate this release.”

Connoisseur’s Choice 2

Sound the Trumpet

Alison Balsom
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock
EMI Classics
50999 4 40329 20

What David says: “I think this is absolutely delightful.  Recorded in April 2012 in two London venues, this EMI release provides a fascinating combination of Purcell and Handel. ”

Choice for the Curious

Sir Edward Elgar – The Starlight Express

Elin Manahan Thomas
Roderick Williams
Simon Callow
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis
CHSA 5111(2)

What David says: “This two CD set from Chandos is devoted to the Algernon Blackwood play the Starlight Express and features Simon Callow as the narrator. I don’t think you’d necessarily listen to this all the time because of the narration but this is a good record to buy if you are looking for something a little different.”

Choice for the Very Curious

My Beloved Spake

Anthems by Henry Purcell & Pelham Humfrey
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
St John’s Sinfonia
Andrew Nethsingha
CHAN 0790

What David says:  “Henry Purcell lived a short life but was probably the finest British composer until Edward Elgar.  Alongside the Purcell, there are two Pelham Humfrey tracks on the album and I hadn’t heard either of these before this Chandos release so it’s a fantastic album to delve into if you’re wanting to explore further and are looking for something new.”