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