Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Tonight, David’s Album of the Week comes from the award-winning Halle under Sir Mark Elder. The Sibelius Symphony No. 2 is closely associated with the orchestra.
On this week's programme, David uncovers some rarities from the late, great Luciano Pavarotti as well as music from Wagner as you have never heard it played before.
The Sixteen and the Allegri String Quartet also feature, and David's Album of the Week features the Halle playing a work that they gave the British premiere of in 1905 - Sibelius' Symphony No.2.
Album of the Week
Symphony No 2/The Oceanides/Pohjola’s Daughter
David's verdict: "I like this CD with the second symphony - and a couple of fillers less well known...The second symphony is brand new and comes from a live concert in Manchester last September."
Choice for the Curious
Quartets, Opus 18 Nos.3,4 & 5
Allegri String Quartet
David's verdict: "You really can't go far wrong with this set. It's a fine modern one."
The Decca Years
David's verdict: "A very good bargain indeed. Seven hours of music on seven CDs and it'll cost you around £24."
Recording of Special Historical Significance
Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala/Claudio Abbado
David's verdict: "The content is very interesting - it's wonderful to hear. Well worth acquiring."
Choice for the Very Curious
Wagner at the Organ: The Transcriptions of Edwin Lewmare
David's verdict: "I think Wagner, like a lot of other music, works well on the organ. Here it's played exceptionally well...Well worth getting to know."
An Immortal Legacy
David's verdict: "Truly wonderful. Haunting. Beautifully performed by the Sixteen."