Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
This week David ranges from a 1903 version of Wagner to the very up-to-date accordion brilliance of Martynas.
We've been hearing a lot about the Lithuanian violinist Martynas on Classic FM of late and tonight David picks him as his Young Artist to Watch.
There's also a rarely heard version of Barber's Adagio for Strings to enjoy in it's original string quartet form. And for his Recording of Special Historic Significance, David goes back to a voice from 110 years ago.
Young Artist to Watch
Decca 0289 478 5651 1
David's verdict: "A formidable player and a good way in to the classics."
David's verdict: "Very, very well played. If you're a bit adventurous, don't miss it."
Choice for the Curious
Ligeti - String Quartets/Barber - Adagio
ECM New Series 2197
David's verdict: "The Barber is as lovely a slow movement as in any string quartet."
Edward Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
Arthur Davies/Felicity Palmer/Gwynne Howell/LSO and CHorus/Richard Hickox
David's verdict: "Beautifully recorded. One of the finest version of the Dream of Gerontius."
Best for Beginners
Le Violon Roi
EMI Classics 9584402
David's verdict: "Wonderful value and a great introduction."
Album of the Week
Die Walkure - Act One
Johan Botha/Nina Stemme/Orchestra of the Vienna Staatsoper/Franz Welser-Most
David's verdict: "A very good way of getting into the Ring."
Recording of Special Historic Significance
The Cosima Era - The Early Bayreuth Festival Singers 1876-1906
Pan Classics PC10288
David's verdict: "Treasurable."