Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Opus 49 (2) Felix Mendelssohn Download 'Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Opus 49 (2)' on iTunes
There's a bit of a birthday theme to this week's show - with an Album of the Week from a composer who just turned 200.
There's plenty to celebrate in this week’s New Releases Show. David Mellor’s Album of the Week is by a composer whose 200th anniversary is being marked this year. He's pictured here - but who is it?
And there's a box set released to mark another composer's centenary.
Plus David’s Recording of Special Historical Significance is a box set profiling a maestro who this week turns 80.
Cecilia Bartoli/Sumi Jo/John Osborn/Michele Pertusi
Orchestra La Scintilla/Giovanni Antonini
David's verdict: "A new recording of a new specially prepared edition of Bellini's Norma...the first ever to be made using period instruments."
Album of the Week
Wagner in Switzerland - Scenes and Orchestral Pieces
Tonhalle Zurich/David Zinman
RCA Red Seal 88725479412
David's verdict: "A very well produced set...And a very very good contribution to Wagner's bi-centenary year."
Choice for the Curious
Josephslegende, Love Scene from Feuersnot, Festmarsch
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
David's verdict: "Well-worth hearing and very well performed."
Choral Works and Operas for Children
Elisabeth Soderstrom/Robert Tear/Sir Thomas Allen/Dame Janet Baker etc.
EMI Classics 0151562
David's verdict: "Lots of good stuff here."
Recording of Special Historical Significance
The Symphony Edition
David's verdict: "Abbado always challenges his listeners. It really is an unbeatable bargain."