The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 28 September 2013

David Mellor has the latest album releases including a magnificent piano recital from Mitsuko Uchida.

This week, David Mellor 's Album of the Week comes from the highly acclaimed pianist Mitsuko Uchida . Her Schumann recital album features the thrillingly frantic G minor Sonata and nine short pieces known as Waldszenen. 

David describes it as a 'lovely recital.' 'I can not recommend it too highly,’ he says.

There's also another chance to hear the Italian professional debut by Luciano Pavarotti singing 'Che Gelida Manina' from La Boheme back in 1961.

Best Bargain

Luciano Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks 
Decca 478 5944

David’s Verdict: ‘A very fine and most generous compilation, produced in honour of Pavarotti's debut.’

Connoisseurs Choice

Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin
James Ehnes/BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda
Chandos CHAN 10787 2

David’s Verdict: ‘Fascinating to have all the music Prokofiev wrote for solo violin captured on two CDs.’

Album of the Week

Schumann: G minor Sonata/Waldszenen 
Mitsuko Uchida
Decca 478 5393

David’s Verdict: ‘A lovely recital. I can not recommend it too highly.’

Choice for the Curious

Shostakovich: The Execution of Stepan Razin
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy
Ondine Ode 1225 2

David’s Verdict: ‘Excellent. This is delightful.’

Young Artist to Watch

Chopin: Polonaises
Rafal Blechacz
Deutsche Grammophon 479 0928

David’s Verdict: ‘Rafal Blechacz is undoubtedly a major talent.’

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