The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 25 May

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

Sibelius
Symphony No 2/The Oceanides/Pohjola’s Daughter
Halle Orchestra
Mark Elder
Halle
HLL 7516 

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 

Beethoven
Quartets, Opus 18 Nos.3,4 & 5 
Allegri String Quartet
Vivat Vivat
103 

David's verdict: "You really can't go far wrong with this set. It's a fine modern one."

Best Bargain

Claudio Abbado
The Decca Years
Decca
478 5365

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

Verdi
Rarities
Luciano Pavarotti
Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala/Claudio Abbado 
Warner
2564 64653-8 

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
Jonathan Vaughn
Regent
REGCD394

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."

Connoisseur’s Choice

An Immortal Legacy
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers
CORO COR16111 

David's verdict: "Truly wonderful. Haunting. Beautifully performed by the Sixteen."

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Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.