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David Mellor has several exclusives in store among this week's new releases.
David Mellor reviews his selection of recently released and re-released albums, awarding them titles such as Best Bargain, Connoisseur's Choice and Album of the Week.
This week he has several exclusives, including a track from Joseph Calleja’s new album, and the first play of the latest release by the violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, David's Young Artist to Watch.
Best Bargain of the Week and Recording of Special Historic Significance
Haydn: The 'London' Symphonies and The Seasons
Elsie Morison/Alexander Young/Michael Langdon
Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
Warner Classics 9846032
David's verdict: 'Vintage Haydn from one of Britain's greatest ever conductors.'
Album of the Week
Joseph Calleja/BBC Concert Orchestra/Steven Mercurio
David's verdict: 'A tremendous collection. One of the outstanding tenors of our age presenting music of the people to the people.'
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor/Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra
Tamsin Waley-Cohen/Huw Watkins/Orchestra of the Swan/David Curtis
Signum Classics SIGCD342
David's verdict: 'Tamsin Waley-Cohen is going to do very well - a young artist to watch.'
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, 'The Great'
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/David Zinman
David's verdict: 'Played really well. A big success.'
Best for Beginners
Wagner: Overtures and Preludes
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
David's verdict: 'A winner for me.'