The New Releases Show with David Mellor: Saturday 30 November 2013

Great ideas for Christmas gifts as David Mellor reviews the latest album releases.

This week David Mellor casts his eye over a selection of new and recently released albums – and this week, his Connoisseur’s Choice is a fantastic new recording of the Grieg Piano Concerto from Nikolai Lugansky.  

David’s Choice for the Curious, meanwhile, is another Benjamin Britten album in this, the composer’s centenary year. 

And his Album of the Week is a wonderful, yet-to-be-released recording of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev piano concertos by the pianist Yuja Wang.

Connoisseur’s Choice

Grieg/Prokofiev: Piano Concertos
Nikolai Lugansky/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Kent Nagano
Naive Ambroisie AM210

David's verdict: "There's no doubt about it - Lugansky is one of the foremost virtuosos of our time."

Choice for the Curious

A Festival of Britten
National Youth Choirs of Great Britain/Ben Parry
Delphian DCD34133

David's verdict: "Very good recordings. Very good value. Don't miss this."

Album of the Week

Rachmaninov/Prokofiev: Piano  Concertos
Yuja Wang/Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel
Deutsche Grammophon 0289 479 1304 7

David's verdict: "Simply splendid. Demanding music thrown off with wonderful élan by a terrific artist."

Choice for the Very Curious

Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble/Marc Minkowski
Naive V5349

David's verdict: "A fascinating chunk of musical history."

Young Artist to Watch  

Mozart: Opera Arias
Marina Rebeka/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Speranza Scappucci
Warner 6 15497 2 2

David's verdict: "A very interesting set. Marina Rebeka is, I suspect, going to have a very good career." 

The New Releases Show

The New CD Show With David Mellor on Classic FM The New Releases Show

Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.