Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Join David Mellor for another selection of great new albums.
David reviews a selection of new albums, awarding titles such as Best Bargain, Connoisseur's Choice and Album of the Week.
This week, David's Choice for the Curious is an album of little-known orchestral music by Mascagni , and his Recording of Special Historical Significance is a celebration of the tenor Mario Lanza.
Album of the Week
Mahler: Orchestral Songs
Christian Gerhaher/Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Kent Nagano
David's verdict: 'The finest lyric baritone around these days. An excellent album.'
Recording of Special Historical Significance and Best Buy
Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies and Tone Poems
Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
Warner Classics 9847062
David's verdict: 'Authoritative stuff. Barbirolli knew Sibelius very well; you can't go far wrong.'
Mozart: Piano Sonatas Volume 1
Wigmore Hall Live WHLIVE0061-2
David's verdict: 'Christian Blackshaw sounds really well on this Wigmore Hall Live release.'
Choice for the Curious
Mascagni in Concert
Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda
Chandos Musica Italiana CHAN10789
David's verdict: ' I love this CD. A delight from beginning to end.'
Choice for the Very Curious
David's verdict: 'It covers a great variety.'
Recording of Special Historical Significance
Mario Lanza: The Toast of Hollywood
David's verdict: 'He had a terrific voice.If Mario Lanza is good enough for Pavarotti and Calleja then he's good enough for us. Well worth getting.'