Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
The bassoon has a field day in David Mellor's Choice for the Very Curious.
David Mellor's pick of the best new releases include a sparkling second outing for Daniel Barenboim at the Vienna Philharmonic's New Years Day Concert, a curious collection that will allow the bassoon to reclaim its dignity as a serious instrument, and unusual arrangements made by Hummel of three Mozart symphonies.
This week's selection:
New Years Day Concert 2014
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim
David Mellor's verdict: 'It's a big well done all around. I can't recommend this highly enough.'
Choice for the Curious
The Voice of the Turtle Dove
David Mellor's verdict: 'A fine recording. Great value. Well worth getting hold of.'
Choice for the Very Curious
The Proud Bassoon
Peter Whelan/Ensemble Marsyas
David Mellor's verdict: 'The bassoon is the clown of the orchestra, but it wasn't always so. And this album goes some way to change this.'
Hummel: Mozart's Symphonies 38-40, arranged for flute, violin, cello and piano
Uwe Grodd/Friedemann Eichhorn/Martin Rummel/Roland Krüger
David Mellor's verdict: 'A really good value curiosity from Naxos. Really interesting release.'
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos.1-5
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda
David Mellor's verdict: 'Bavouzet has all the technique needed for such a recording. You'll find plenty of great tunes here.'