Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
A Schubert song cycle causes David Mellor a dilemma.
"Like taking the bus, you wait for one Schubert Winterreise then two come along at once," says David Mellor, who is tonight spoilt for choice with two great new recordings of Schubert's magnificent 24-song cycle for voice and piano.
Album of the Week
Jonas Kaufmann/Helmut Deutsch
David's verdict: "Extremely good. Kaufmann is a very accomplished lieder singer."
Gerald Finley/Julius Drake
David's verdict: "I prefer the Kaufmann but this should take nothing away from a great Finley recording."
The Essential John Tavener
Choir of London Orchestra/Ulster Orchestra/Choir of London/Choir of Clare College Choir, Cambridge/St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
David's verdict: "A really enticing album. It's a great bargain and a wonderful chance to hear the achievements of John Tavener."
Choice for the Curious
Elgar: Music for Powick Asylum
Innovation Chamber Ensemble/Barry Collett
David's verdict: "I like this charming album which is very well played indeed. A really enterprising project."
Young Artist to watch
Catch Me If You Can
Amy Dickson/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Northey
David's verdict: "Amy Dickson is very hardworking and obviously determined to show us the saxophone can be a concert instrument. Well done her and well done Sony."
Album of Special Historical Significance (36 CD's)
Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
David's verdict: "I'm spoilt for choice. Haitink has such a great legacy."