The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 5 October 2013

A Benjamin Britten centenary performance of Peter Grimes is David Mellor's Album of the Week.

This week, David Mellor has selected as his Album of the Week the recording of  Benjamin Britten 's masterpiece Peter Grimes. Recorded at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival, it was a special performance marking the composer's centenary.

Look out also for two Verdi re-issues, released in the run-up to the great composer’s bicentenary. 

Album of the Week

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes (Grimes on the Beach)
Alan Oke/Gisella Allen/Chorus of Opera North/Chorus of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Britten–Pears Orchestra/Steuart Bedford
Signum SIGCD348

David's verdict: "Very good it is too.

Recordings of Special Historical Significance

Julian Bream: The Complete Album Collection
Julian Bream
Sony 88725462422

David's verdict: "Forty CDs and two DVDs - very well produced. A must have."

Verdi: Otello
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, James Levine
RCA Sony Classical Opera 88883729722

David's verdict: "Verdi at or near his greatest. One of the very finest recordings ever made of Otello."

Verdi: Il Trovatore
Leontyne Pryce/Placido Domingo/New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Zubin Mehta
RCA Sony Classical Opera - 88883729262

David's verdict: "If you want to know what the quality of operatic singing was in the second half of the 20th century then you're not going to get any better than this."

Connoisseur's Choice

Francis Poulenc: Complete Songs
Soloists/Graham Johnson
Hyperion French Song Edition - CDA68021/4

David's verdict: "You can't go wrong. It is a true connoisseur's choice."

Best Bargain of the Week

Dances from Hungary
Danubia Orchestra Óbuda/Domonkos Héja
Apex 25646444434

David's verdict: "Lovely jubbly. Pure joy. I just love it."

Choice for the Curious

Faure: Piano Music
Angela Hewitt
Hyperion CDA67875

David's verdict: "A lot of things that you might not have heard before."



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Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.