The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 21 September 2013
A stellar cast performing Verdi's Requiem is David Mellor's Album of the Week.
Recorded live, it's the first recording by Barenboim in his role as La Scala’s Music Director.
Among the line-up of superstar soloists is tenor Jonas Kaufmann who also makes another appearance this evening as David's Connoisseur’s Choice.
Best Bargain of the Week
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Complete Symphonies
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Warner Classics 9847592
David's Verdict: 'Majestic! All seven CDs can be obtained for £19 so without hesitation that's my Best Bargain of the Week.'
Choice for the Curious
Charles Villiers Stanford: Partsongs
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir/Paul Spicer
David's Verdict: 'Beautifully sung.'
Recording of Special Historical Significance
Elgar: Symphony No.2
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Adrian Boult
ICA Classics Legacy ICAC5106
David's Verdict: 'Revelatory - bright and alert. Everything right on this CD.'
Piers Lane Goes to Town
David's Verdict: 'Very good - the range of music is really quite exciting.'
The Best of Jonas Kaufmann
David's Verdict: 'Very good indeed - from arguably the finest tenor for a long time.'
Album of the Week
Anja Harteros/Elīna Garanča/Jonas Kaufmann/René Pape
Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala Milan/Daniel Barenboim
David's Verdict: 'Barenboim is arguably one of the world's finest conductors - and he's truly excellent here.'