The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 23 March 2013

David recommends a selection of new albums, including two Verdi recordings released as part of the between 9pm-10pm on Saturday evening

There are so many Verdi releases and re-issues this year, seeing as 2013 marks the great composer’s bicentenary, and this week David will recommend two Verdi recordings by the singers Placido Domingo and Angela Gheorghiu.  His Choice for the Curious is a new recording of Vaughan Williams symphonies by the Halle Orchestra, and his Album of the Week goes to a brilliant new recording of Vivaldi violin concertos from a soloist who’s definitely one to watch.

Best for Beginners

Placido Domingo
Deutsche Grammophon
479 1168

Choice for the Curious

Piano Music by Billy Mayerl Volume 1
Philip Martin

Connoisseurs Choice

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No.5 & 8: Sir Mark Elder
Halle Orchestra
CD HLL 7533

Album of the Week

Vivaldi: Violin Concertos ‘Per Pisandel’: Dmitry Sinkovsky
Il Pomo d’Oro
0P 30538

Best Bargain

Verdi: Heroines
Angela Gheorghiu, Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
466 952-2

Recording of Special Historical Significance

Arturo Toscanini
EMI Icons
50999 7 23334 2 6