Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Join David Mellor for his pick of the week's new releases.
This week, David Mellor showcases a new album of piano music by Chopin from one of France’s finest pianists, and also introduces us to a new Russian soprano who’s being tipped as one of the most exciting opera stars of the future.
He also explores the first three box sets from Warner Classics’ Karajan Official Remastered Editions – a treasure-trove of amazing performances from the most recorded conductor in classical music history.
Recording of Special Historical Significance
Jose Carreras sings Opera Arias
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Roberto Benzi
Decca 480 8142
David Mellor's verdict: 'A real red hot recording of Jose Carreras from a very good new re-issues series by Decca'
Toru Takemitusu: Complete Solo Guitar Works
David Mellor's verdict: 'All of Takemitsu's solo works. It's certainly a well filled and interested album.'
Young Artist to Watch
Olga Peretyatko/NDR Sinfonieorchester/Enrique Mazzola
David Mellor's verdict: 'A very auspicious release indeed. She has a bright future.'
Album of the Week
Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 3: Nocturnes, Impromptus, Sonata in B minor
Chandos CHAN 10813
David Mellor's verdict: 'I have always enjoyed his playing. The sound is excellent.'
Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 5/Coriolan Overture
Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics 825646337354
Recording of Special Historic Significance
Mozart: Horn Concertos 1-4
Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics 825646336258
Choice for the Curious
Chabrier: España/Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Symphony No.6, 'Pathetique'
Vienna Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics 825646336180
David Mellor's verdict: 'All these works have been very well remastered and are simply amazing value for money. Hours and hours of music here. I simply adore the work of Karajan.'