Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
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
David's verdict: "Excellent. Most enchanting."
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
David's verdict: "Great late night listening."
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1/The Isle of the Dead
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
David's verdict: "Well worth listening to."