The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 14 September 2013

Join David Mellor for another selection of great new albums.

David reviews a selection of new albums, awarding titles such as Best Bargain, Connoisseur's Choice and Album of the Week.

This week, David's Choice for the Curious is an album of little-known orchestral music by Mascagni , and his Recording of Special Historical Significance is a celebration of the tenor Mario Lanza.

Album of the Week

Mahler: Orchestral Songs
Christian Gerhaher/Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Kent Nagano
Sony 88883701332

David's verdict: 'The finest lyric baritone around these days. An excellent album.'

Recording of Special Historical Significance
and Best Buy

Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies and Tone Poems
Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
Warner Classics 9847062

David's verdict: 'Authoritative stuff. Barbirolli knew Sibelius very well; you can't go far wrong.'

Connoisseur's Choice

Mozart: Piano Sonatas Volume 1
Christian Blackshaw
Wigmore Hall Live WHLIVE0061-2

David's verdict: 'Christian Blackshaw sounds really well on this Wigmore Hall Live release.'

Choice for the Curious

Mascagni in Concert
Filarmonica ’900 del Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda
Chandos Musica Italiana CHAN10789

David's verdict: ' I love this CD. A delight from beginning to end.'

Choice for the Very Curious

Blackwattle Caprices
Jacob Cordover
Cala CACD77017

David's verdict: 'It covers a great variety.'

Recording of Special Historical Significance

Mario Lanza: The Toast of Hollywood
Sony 88883742532

David's verdict: 'He had a terrific voice.If Mario Lanza is good enough for Pavarotti and Calleja then he's good enough for us. Well worth getting.'

The New Releases Show

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