Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Christmas has come early. Or at least, Bach's Christmas Oratorio has come early as far as David Mellor is concerned.
This week, David unwraps one Christmas present very early - a magnificent new recording of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Trinity College Choir Cambridge under the conductor, Stephen Layton.
It's David's Album of the Week. "You can't go wrong with this," David says.
But there's also hot competition from Riccardo Chailly with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra playing the Brahms Symphonies.
Album of the Week
J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Katherine Watson/Iestyn Davies/James Gilchrist/Matthew Brook/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Trinity College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Layton
David's verdict: "A wonderful piece...Lovely new recording. You can't go wrong with this."
Brahms: The Symphonies
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly
David's verdict: "A majestic new set. Glorious."
Brahms: Violin Concerto/Hungarian Dances
Leonidas Kavakos/Peter Nagy/Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly
David's verdict: "Wonderful music making. A very, very satisfying listen indeed."
Choice for the Curious
Homage to Pavlova
London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Bonynge
David's verdict: "If you like ballet music and you want some curiosities, please don't hesitate to buy this."
Recording of Special Historical Interest
Sir Adrian Boult: The Complete Conductor - From Tchaikovsky to Gershwin
Various orchestras and soloists/Sir Adrian Boult
Warner Classics 0192702
David's verdict: "A real lucky dip."
Ravel: Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Lyon National Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
David's verdict: "An orchestra of this quality, an international conductor of Slatkin's renown, good recording all for under six quid."