The New Releases Show: 10 November

"It’s a marvelous album and great fun." David's Album of the Week takes us to Swinging Paris, courtesy of the pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

Best Bargain

Tchaikovsky Famous Waltzes

New York Philharmonic
Kurt Masur
Warner Classics
2564 65935-4

What David says : "This recording from Warner Classics is an absolute bargain and I especially recommend it to those who are beginning their journey into classical music as there are lots of wonderful tunes and you will thoroughly enjoy it."

Album of the Week

Swinging Paris – Le Boeuf sur le Toit

Alexandre Tharaud
Virgin Classics
50999 440737 25

What David says : "Alexandre Tharaud often specialises in early music but he lets his hair down on this recording as he goes back to the music that was played in a famous Parisian nightclub. It’s a marvelous album, slightly left field but it is non the worse for it as it's great fun and well worth purchasing."

Connoisseur’s Choice


Leonid Kogan
Philharmonia Orchestra
Kyril Kondrashin
GHCD 2394

What David says : "I love this recording and Kogan has exactly the right kind of muscular lyricism to bring the best out of Brahms and Khachaturian. It’s really well worth seeking this out."

Choice for the Curious

Exultate Deo

Choir of the Chapels Royal
HM Tower of London
Colm Carey
LIR Classics

What David says : "This is a fine album and I think the choir sings magnificently. There is a really good collection of pieces on this high quality recording and anyone who likes choral music will love this."

Choice for the Very Curious

Elgar: The Longed-for Light

Elgar's Music in Wartime
BBC Concert Orchestra
John Wilson

What David says: "There are nine different pieces on this album, not all of them are from wartime but most of them are. It’s an excellent choice, particularly if you love Elgar as there are lots of rare pieces on this album."

The New Releases Show

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