The new Releases Show with David Mellor: 31 August 2013

David Mellor picks an outstanding new recording of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem as his Album of the Week.

This week, David reviews Bryn Terfel 's new release, Homeward Bound, and listens to Placido Domingo 's transition to baritone roles on a new album of Verdi arias. But David reserves his highest praise and the coveted Album of the Week title for a new recording of Benjamin Britten 's War Requiem.

Following their acclaimed recordings of Berlioz’ Grande Messe des Morts and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Paul McCreesh has once again assembled the mass forces of Gabrieli Consort and Players and Wroclaw Phiharmonic Choir to record one of the iconic masterpieces of the 20th-century oratorio repertoire.


Best for Beginners

Homeward Bound
Bryn Terfel/Mormon Tabernacle Choir
DG 0289 479 1073 2

David's Verdict: 'Bryn is an outstanding classical artist.'

Connoisseur's Choice

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances/The Bells
Berlin Philharmonic/Sir Simon Rattle
Warner Classics 984519

David's Verdict: 'Rather striking.'

Placido Domingo/Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana / Pablo Heras-Casado
Sony Classical 88883 73312-2

David's Verdict: 'A lovely voice. The man is a giant, the man is a legend.'

Best Bargain

Franz Liszt: Wagner Transcriptions
William Wolfram
Naxos 8.572895

David's Verdict: 'Very well played.'

Choice for the Curious

The Solent: Fifty Years of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Daniel
Albion Records ALBCD016

David's Verdict: 'Fascinating. A real winner. I strongly recommend it.'

Album of the Week

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem
Gabrieli Consort & Players/Wrocław Philharmonic Choir/Paul McCreesh
Signum SIGCD340

David's Verdict: 'A fine achievement. Beautifully produced.'

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