Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
David Mellor casts his ears over a selection of recently released and re-released albums.
The Mariinsky label’s latest release showcases works for piano and orchestra by three of Russia's great composers, with the celebrated Russian pianist Denis Matsuev featured as soloist.
Affectionately known as the Siberian bear with the fastest paws in the Arctic, Matsuev tackles Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 1 written whilst he was still a teenager and though relatively playful in comparison to his later piano concertos, its three movements are full of the showmanship, beautiful melodies and lush orchestral accompaniment that were to characterise his music in the years to come.
There’s more piano from Lars Vogt as he presents one of the classic works of the Baroque repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations. Vogt was appointed the first ever Pianist in Residence by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician.
David also features a new recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Adrian Chandler, who founded the period-instrument ensemble La Serenissima 21 years ago. As you might expect, he brings something unique to an interpretation brimming with vitality and originality.
And there are two superb box sets to delve into, released to mark the forthcoming 150th anniversary of the birth of Finland’s greatest son, Jean Sibelius.