The New Releases Show: 8 December 2012

"Vivaldi’s Four Seasons like you’ve never heard before." David recommends a selection of recent releases and re-releases, including a former Classic FM Album of the Week, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons ‘Recomposed’ by Max Richter.

Choice for the Curious

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter

Daniel Hope
Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra, Berlin
Andre de Ridder
Deutsche Grammophon
4765040

What David says : “This is a version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons like you’ve never heard before. I find this Max Richter re-composition fascinating, it’s played by some exceptional musicians, it’s highly original and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly.”

Connoisseur’s Choice

Partsongs by John Ireland and Frederick Delius

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir
Paul Spicer
Somm
SOMMCD 0119

What David says : “This album showcases the music of two fine British composers. There are some very good performances, lovely choices of music, it’s a great buy and you really can’t go far wrong with this.”

Best Bargain

John Ireland – Church Music 1

Charles Harrison
Lincoln Cathedral Choir
Aric Prentice
Naxos
8.573014

What David says :  “This album of Church music by John Ireland features really fascinating music. It’s performed wonderfully well by the Lincoln Cathedral Choir and if you don’t know John Ireland’s music, he is well worth getting to know with this album.”

Album of the Week

Weber

BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena
Chandos
CHAN 10748

What David says : “Weber was a hugely talented composer and this recording is excellent. It features the outstanding soloist Karen Geoghegan and I’d highly recommend this album as it contains lots of wonderful music.”

Rolando Villazon sings Verdi

Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Antonio Pappano
Virgin Classics
5099963571127

What David says : “This album is very short and it’s a re-issue of music that he’s done before but Villazon is in pretty good form so it is a nice sounding recording.”

Young Artist to Watch

Britten – Still falls the rain

Nicholas Phan
Avie
AV2258

What David says : “This is a fine album, containing a song cycle, extended pieces and some charming folk song arrangements. Nicholas Phan sounds lovely on this recording and I’d love to hear him do more Britten. “

Choice for the Very Curious

Tchaikovsky: Music for 2 pianos

Ludmila Berlinskaia & Arthur Ancelle
Saphir
LVC 1177

What David says: “Ludmila Berlinskaia and Arthur Ancelle make a wonderful sound on this Saphir release of Tchaikovsky. They play extremely well and I would highly recommend this to anyone that’s looking for something slightly different.”

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