Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
David Mellor casts an eye - and his ears - over this week's new classical albums, including a celebration of Sibelius's lesser known orchestral works.
Beyond the famous symphonies and tone poems, Jean Sibelius was prolific in other genres, including music for the theatre. Tonight David Mellor showcases a new album on Naxos of some of Sibelius's less well-known orchestral works, featuring the Turku Philharmonic conducted by Leif Segerstam.
King Christian II and Kuolema ensured Sibelius’s fame throughout Europe, the latter including the haunting melody which would later become the Valse triste . The Two Songs from Twelfth Night contrast the spectre of death with more comical moods, an effect also to be heard in one of Sibelius’s least performed orchestral works, the Overture in A minor .
Also tonight, David features the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko celebrating their, and Tchaikovksy's, 175th birthday. There's also a recording made by the late great Claudio Abbado two years before his death of Schubert's Symphony 9, and a superb 25-CD boxed set marking the 70th birthday of violinist Itzhak Perlman.