Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
David Mellor takes a first look at the best of the Christmas album releases.
Tonight, David Mellor presents the first of two special editions of the New Releases Show in which he surveys the best of the new Christmas album releases - and one or two turkeys as well.
He'll also be whittling down his selection to name his Christmas Album of 2013 in next week's New Releases Show.
Incarnation: Christmas Music by Thomas Hewitt Jones
Mary Bevan/Samuel Evans/Sloane Square Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra of London/Oliver Lallemant
David's verdict: "I recommend this highly. What a multi-talented chap he is."
Joy to the World
Handel and Haydn Society of Boston/Harry Christophers
David's verdict: "Nice album. Harry Christophers - always going to be worth hearing."
4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas
4 Girls 4 Harps
Discovery Music and Vision DMV107
David's verdict: "Pure joy. The ideal accompaniment for having a drink and a mince pie."
The Advent Calendar
Mary-Louise Aitken/Jeremy Carpenter/Douglas Knight/Robert Smith/Keith Fairbairn/The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford/David Crown
Stone Records 5060192780338
David's verdict: "Rather delightful."
Angels Sing: Christmas in Ireland
Warner Classics 4095662
David's verdict: "Some people will love it. If you love it, don't allow me to rock your boat."
Rejoice and be Merry: Organ Music for Christmas
David's verdict: "Some delightful stuff. How lovely the organ can sound when it's played softly."
Trebles of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir/Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh
David's verdict: "I'm knocked out by it."