The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 18 May

David’s Album of the Week is, in his own words, “the stand-out new release of the Benjamin Britten centenary thus far”.

On this week's programme, David starts and ends with a "pavane" from two brilliant new releases.

Shostakovich and Rachmaninov also feature, and his Album of the Week is, in David’s own words, “the stand-out new release of the Benjamin Britten centenary thus far”.  High praise indeed!


Album of the Week

Piano and Violin Concertos
Tasmin Little
BBC Philharmonic
Edward Gardner
CHAN 10764

David's verdict: "Satisfies at every level. For me the stand-out new release of this Britten centenary year thus far..You can't go wrong."

Best for Beginners

Dusk and Dawn
Amy Dickson
Sony Classical

David's verdict: "Anything that gets people across the threshold into classical music is worth it...There are some great tunes."

Connoisseur’s Choice

Shostakovich & Rachmaninov
Leonard Elschenbroch/Alexei Grynyuk
ONYX 4116

David's verdict: "I find it very satisfying. A very interesting interpretation of all this music from cellist Leonard Elschenbroch - a name we're going to hear much more of."

Best Bargain

Symphony No.7 ‘Leningrad’
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko

David's verdict: "Rush out and buy it." 

Artist to Watch

The Heart That Flutters
Lawrence Brownlee/Iain Burnside
Opus Arte
OA CD9015 D

David's verdict: "Triumphant...Lawrence Brownlee is an artist to watch."

Recording of Special Historical Significance

Mercury Living Presence Collection Volume 2
Various Artists

David's verdict: "A 55 CD wondrous bargain box!" 

The New Releases Show

The New CD Show With David Mellor on Classic FM The New Releases Show

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