The New Releases Show: 20 October

"A fascinating listen." David Mellor's Album of the Week is a recording by Howard Shelley and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing the work of Delius.

Best Bargain

Rossini: Complete Overtures

Prague Philharmonic Choir
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Benda
Naxos
8.570933

What David says : “This Naxos release by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of Rossini Overtures is a real discovery. It was an unusual thing to have voices included in overtures back then and I really like this recording – it’s obviously Rossini but I hadn’t heard this version before and it’s an absolute bargain at around £5.”

Album of the Week

Delius: Piano Concerto

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Howard Shelley – piano
Sir Andrew Davis
Chandos
CHAN 10742

What David says: "Howard Shelly, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis make a fine team on this brand new Chandos album. I’ve always loved Delius’s Piano concerto, and you would normally hear the 1905 version, which is a single movement.  The original version, which Delius was working on a decade before was actually in three movements and it’s fascinating to listen to this original version to hear how different it is."

Choice for the Curious

Delius: Appalachia/ Sea Drift

Leon Williams, Baritone
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
The Florida Orchestra
Stefan Sanderling
Naxos
8.572764

What David says : “This is a compelling, hour-long album featuring the fine Baritone of Leon Williams. Delius’s father owned an orange grove in Florida so it’s very fitting to hear this recording performed by The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and The Florida Orchestra.”

Special Recording of Historical Significance

Solti - Bartók

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti
Decca
478 4240

What David says : “This is a marvelous album from Decca that comprises seven CDs, dedicated almost entirely to Bela Bartok. Solti was brought up in a very musical environment in Budapest where he got to know Bartok which for me makes this a very special album indeed.”

Connoisseur’s Choice  

Solti - Verdi - The Operas

The Operas of Verdi
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti
Decca
478 4352

What David says: “This incredible fifteen CD box set from Decca is a real connoisseur’s choice. A magnificent collection covering complete recordings of seven of Verdi’s finest operas, you can’t go wring if you buy this.”

Special Recording of Historical Significance

Solti - Wagner - The Operas

The Operas of Wagner
Vienna Philharmonic
Sir Georg Solti
Decca
478 4424

What David says: “Thirty-six CDs all of the mature operas of Wagner including a recording of the first studio Ring which has been voted by many music magazines across the world as the greatest recording ever made.  The sound for the period is amazing and for me this is the Solti collection to own.”

The New Releases Show

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Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.