The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 12 October 2013

David Mellor marks the Verdi bicentenary with three new recordings of the composer's music.

This week, David Mellor marks the bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi with three new recordings of the great composer’s music.  

We’ll be hearing from tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Anna Netrebko, and the Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of St. Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano.  

David also champions two outstanding recordings from a young French conductor.

Album of the Week

Sacred Verdi
Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano
Warner Classics 9845242

David's verdict: "Fascinating to have this. One of the finest albums to have come out during Verdi's bicentenary year."

The Verdi Album
Jonas Kaufmann/Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma/Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza/Pier Giorgio Morandi
Sony 88765492002

David's verdict: "Kaufmann is an outstanding musician and a very good singer."

Anna Netrebko/Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda
DG 4791052

David's verdict: "Very well sung. She does surprisingly well in the five extracts from Verdi's Macbeth"

Stravinsky & Stokowski
Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
DG 4791074

David's verdict: "I like the way that Yannick sets about this."

Best for Beginners

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6, 'Pathetique'
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin
DG 4790835

David's verdict: "Really attractive. All sides of Tchaikovsky's art in this enticing CD"

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