Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Reviews and recommendations of recent releases, including two Britten albums marking the composer’s centenary.
This week David Mellor returns to the 100th birthday boy, Benjamin Britten, highlighting two collections marking the composer’s centenary.
David's Album of the Week is an intriguing collection of spicy, sultry music by a band called The Philharmonics.
And his Young Artist to Watch is a certain young accordionist - but not the one you might be thinking of…
Album of the Week
DG 0289 481 0276 1
David's verdict: 'Delightful - the sort of stuff you can just relax to with a drink.'
Tchaikovsky: Rare Transcriptions and Paraphrases - Volume 2: Music from the Ballets
Divine Art DDA25106
David's verdict: 'Anthony Goldstone plays wonderfully well.'
Young Artist to Watch
Champs Hill CHRCD019
David's verdict: 'The accordion at its most attractive - played slowly and touchingly'
Recording of Special Historic Significance
The Essential Benjamin Britten
Warner Classics 2564647565
David's verdict: 'Splendid - ten CDs and four outstanding DVDs. Don't miss it'
Best for Beginners
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra/Four Sea Interludes
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hicox
David's verdict: 'Stunning. Beautiful sound.'
Music for Strings
City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox