The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 24 August 2013

David Mellor's pick of the new releases included an unusual approach to Mozart.

David Mellor's Album of the Week this week came from French harpist Xavier de Maistre‘s personal homage to the peerless Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In addition to the popular double concerto for flute and harp, de Maistre has recorded Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major for the first time on the harp as well as the famous C major Sonata – also originally composed for the piano. Transcribing piano works for harp is a 19th century tradition that has been frowned on and forgotten, but de Maistre amply demonstrates that it's a tradition fit for revival.


Album of the Week

Xavier de Mozart plays Mozart 
Xavier de Maistre/Salzburg Mozarteum/Ivor Bolton
Sony 88765439922

David's verdict: "Excellent. Most enchanting."

Conoisseuer's Choice

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Lieder
Dietrich Henschel/Helmut Deutsch
Harmonia Mundi HMA1951780

David's verdict: "Extremely well sung. Well worth listening to."

Best Buy of the Week

Wagner at the Met
Orchestra & Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera
Sony Classical 88765427172

David's verdict: "The singing is infinitely better than anything you would get today."

Choice for the Curious

Ensemble Contraste
Naive V5339

David's verdict: "Great late night listening."

Best Bargain

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1/The Isle of the Dead
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
Naxos 8573234

David's verdict: "Well worth listening to."


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