The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 27 July 2013

Reviews and recommendations of recent releases, including two Britten albums marking the composer’s centenary.

This week David Mellor returns to the 100th birthday boy, Benjamin Britten, highlighting two collections marking the composer’s centenary.

David's Album of the Week is an intriguing collection of spicy, sultry music by a band called The Philharmonics.

And his Young Artist to Watch is a certain young accordionist - but not the one you might be thinking of…


Album of the Week

The Philharmonics
DG 0289 481 0276 1

David's verdict: 'Delightful - the sort of stuff you can just relax to with a drink.'

Connoissuer's Choice

Tchaikovsky: Rare Transcriptions and Paraphrases - Volume 2: Music from the Ballets 
Anthony Goldstone
Divine Art DDA25106

David's verdict: 'Anthony Goldstone plays wonderfully well.'

Young Artist to Watch

Classical Accordion
Ksenija Sidorova
Champs Hill CHRCD019

David's verdict: 'The accordion at its most attractive - played slowly and touchingly'

Recording of Special Historic Significance

The Essential Benjamin Britten
Warner Classics 2564647565

David's verdict: 'Splendid - ten CDs and four outstanding DVDs. Don't miss it'

Best for Beginners

Benjamin Britten
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra/Four Sea Interludes
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hicox
Chandos CHAN9221

David's verdict: 'Stunning. Beautiful sound.'

Herbert Howells
Music for Strings
City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
Chandos CHAN10780X