The New Releases Show: 24 November 2012

"You shouldn’t hesitate to rush out and buy this." David's Album of the Week is from the countertenor Andreas Scholl.

Best Bargain

Ravel – Orchestral Works 1

Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin

What David says: “This first volume is a fine collection available on Naxos very inexpensively. Ravel was quite critical of what some conductors did with his music but I don’t think he would have been critical of Leonard Slatkin in fact I think Ravel would have really enjoyed this recording.”

Connoisseur’s Choice


Parsons, White & Byrd: Where late the sweet birds sang
Various artists
Philip Cave
CKD 417

What David says: “This is a beautifully presented album from Linn and a really wonderful recording performed by Magnificat, directed by their founder Philip Cave. These are truly lovely performances by a very talented choir.”

Artist to Watch

Rachel – The Music I Love

Rachel Podger
Channel Classics
CCS SEL 6212

What David says: “Rachel Podger is a fine baroque violinist. This fantastic double album from Channel Classics features Rameau, Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Vivaldi. Rachel isn’t as well known as perhaps she should be but all of these recordings show off both her talent and the music and I can’t praise this album too highly.”

Album of the Week


Andreas Scholl
Tamar Halperin
478 4696

What David says: “Wanderer is a nineteen item German song cycle and Andreas Scholl is a real joy to listen to. Scholl’s performance is sublime and coupled with the pianist Tamar Halperin you shouldn’t hesitate to rush out and buy this.”

Lang Lang – The Chopin Album

Sony Classical

What David says: “This is a fancy production, Lang Lang is very fetchingly photographed and there is a bonus DVD but for me he is too self indulgent in the way that he plays Chopin.”

Connoisseur’s Choice

Alessio Bax plays Brahms

Signum Classics

What David says: “Alessio Bax gives a marvelous performance, so idiomatic is his playing on this album from Signum Classics, he plays exceptionally well and I really like this album.”

Album of Special Historical Significance

The Columbia Stereo Recordings

Leopold Stokowski
Philadelphia Orchestra
American Symphony Orchestra
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Sony Classical

What David says: “I so love this box set, Leopold Stokowski was such a fantastic conductor and I am really impressed with this ten CD set which he made towards the end of is life, in his mid nineties. The recordings are so exhilarating, not only is he a triumph of mind over matter but he is actually producing some wonderful music-making.”