Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
"This is a really quality recording." David's Album of the Week is Schubert Complete Symphonies released on Naïve.
Choice for the Curious
Mozart: In Between
L’Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve
What David says : “David Greilsammer is a fine pianist and on this album he wants the listener to discover a Mozart that you wouldn’t normally expect to meet. It’s an interesting album and one worth buying as there is a lot of Mozart on this that you don’t hear very often."
Choice for the Very Curious
Orchestre de Paris
What David says : “This is an extremely generous album, with a total of 150 minutes of music. For me Philippe Jaroussky is really a male soprano rather than a countertenor so I don’t particularly enjoy this recording but of course, others may really enjoy his voice on this.”
What David says : “This recording was made during the 2012 City of London Festival and is a true connoisseur’s choice containing the beautiful voice of Grace Davidson and the choir Tenebrae.”
Artist to Watch
Beethoven - Diabelli Variations
What David says : “Daniel-Ben Pienaar has been making some fine recordings for artist led label Avie. He plays this Beethoven very well but the sound doesn’t quite do it justice but, it is a well filled and well chosen album.”
Recording of special historical significance
Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 3
London Philharmonic Orchestra
LPO - 0068
What David says : “This is a very well recorded live album. Klaus Tennstedt was a very important conductor, cut down in his prime and there are some really lovely moments on this recording.”
Album of the Week
Schubert Complete Symphonies
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
What David says : “This four CD Naïve set is full of wonderful things. Marc Minkowski is a fascinating musician and this is a really quality recording. These early symphonies from Schubert are well worth getting to know – some of them were written when he was only a teenager and I can’t recommend this set highly enough.”