Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
This week, David indulges in majestic recordings of Brahms's Piano Concertos by Stephen Hough.
This week, David's Album of the Week comes from the pianist Stephen Hough whose tackling both of Brahms's Piano Concertos. Separated by 22 years and widely differing in their reception, they are monumental in scale, impassioned and truly romantic. Hough has performed them in concert for many years to ecstatic acclaim and this new recording is surely one of his most desirable offerings.
Choice for the Curious
David's verdict: 'A fine new recording. I cannot recommend this celebration of the art of the encore too highly.'
The Lark Ascending
Tasmin Little/BBC PHilharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis
David's verdict: 'Very enjoyable.'
Album of the Week
Brahms: The Piano Concertos
Stephen Hough/Mozarteumorchester Salzburg/Mark Wigglesworth
David's verdict: 'Edge of your seat stuff. Terrific.'
Minkus: La Bayadere
English Chamber Orchestra/Richard Bonynge
Decca Ballet Edition 4783634
David's verdict: 'Some very good ballet music. Hugely enjoyable.'
Recording of Special Historical Significance
Britten the Performer: Complete Decca Recordings
David's verdict: '32 hours of music for under £50. Full of the finest possible things.'