Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
David Mellor marks the Verdi bicentenary with three new recordings of the 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
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
David's verdict: "Kaufmann is an outstanding musician and a very good singer."
Anna Netrebko/Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda
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
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
David's verdict: "Really attractive. All sides of Tchaikovsky's art in this enticing CD"