The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 6 July 2013

David Mellor introduces a Lord of the Rings Symphony from Dutch composer Johan de Meij.

This week, David Mellor's selection of new releases ranges from the sublime (Handel's Chandos Anthems performed by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge) to the sweet (American light music classics from the Iain Sutherland orchestra).

And there's a Lord of the Rings Symphony to get to know by the Dutch composer Johan de Meij - a spectacular evocation in five portraits and scenes based on Tolkien’s tale of a grand quest and the struggle of good against evil. 


Young Artist to Watch 

Johannes Brahms
Sergey Khachatryan/Lusine Khachatryan
Naive V5314

Choice for the Curious

Leopold Godowsky
Piano Music Vol.11
Konstantin Scherbakov
Marco Polo 8.225350

Best Bargain

Johan de Meij
Symphonies Nos. 1,2,3
Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble/Harlan D.Parker
Naxos 8.573143-44

David's verdict: "I think it's great fun."  

Best Album for Beginners

Manhatten Playboys: American Light Classics
Iain Sutherland Concert Orchestra/Iain Sutherland
Alto ALC 1206

Album of the Week

Georg Frideric Handel
Chandos Anthems Nos. 7,9 and 11a
Choir of Trinity College Cambridge/Academy of Ancient Music/Steven Layron
Hyperion CDA67737

Conoisseur's Choice

British Violin Sonatas Volume 1
Tasmin Little/Piers Lane
Chandos 10770

David's verdict: "Beautifully played. 62 minutes of pure joy."