The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 20 July 2013

This week David ranges from a 1903 version of Wagner to the very up-to-date accordion brilliance of Martynas.

We've been hearing a lot about the Lithuanian violinist Martynas on Classic FM of late and tonight David picks him as his Young Artist to Watch.

There's also a rarely heard version of Barber's Adagio for Strings to enjoy in it's original string quartet form. And for his Recording of Special Historic Significance, David goes back to a voice from 110 years ago.

Young Artist to Watch

Martynas Levickis
Decca 0289 478 5651 1

David's verdict: "A formidable player and a good way in to the classics."

Conoisseur's Choice

Frederic Mompou
Arcadi Volodos
Sony 88765433262

David's verdict: "Very, very well played. If you're a bit adventurous, don't miss it."

Choice for the Curious

Ligeti - String Quartets/Barber - Adagio
Keller Quartet
ECM New Series 2197

David's verdict: "The Barber is as lovely a slow movement as in any string quartet."

Best Bargain

Edward Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
Arthur Davies/Felicity Palmer/Gwynne Howell/LSO and CHorus/Richard Hickox
Chandos CHAN8641

David's verdict: "Beautifully recorded. One of the finest version of the Dream of Gerontius."

Best for Beginners

Le Violon Roi
Renaud Capucon
EMI Classics 9584402

David's verdict: "Wonderful value and a great introduction."

Album of the Week

Die Walkure - Act One
Johan Botha/Nina Stemme/Orchestra of the Vienna Staatsoper/Franz Welser-Most
Orfeo 9584402

David's verdict: "A very good way of getting into the Ring."

Recording of Special Historic Significance

The Cosima Era - The Early Bayreuth Festival Singers 1876-1906
Pan Classics PC10288

David's verdict: "Treasurable."