Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Piano music from Théodore Dubois, a relatively unknown French composer, is David Mellor's Album of the Week.
This week, David Mellor's Album of the Week features the wonderful French pianist Cédric Tiberghien who has recorded three works by the French Romantic era composer Théodore Dubois, spanning 40 years of his development.
The Concerto-capriccioso of 1876 is in the style of Weber and Mendelssohn, whereas the highly Romantic Concerto in F minor of 21 years later is reminiscent of Saint-Saëns. The completely unknown Suite for piano and strings (1917), for its part, is a neoclassical pastiche.
Album of the Week
The Romantic Piano Concerto 60 - Théodore Dubois
Cédric Tiberghien/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Manze
The Essential Julian Bream
David's Verdict: "If you want to improve your knowledge of the Spanish guitar repertory, do buy this."
Best for Beginners
Karl Jenkins: Adiemus Colores
The Adiemus Singers/Rolando Villazon/Cuca Roseta/Pacho Flores/Milos
David's Verdict: "Plenty of good tunes, and plenty for Karl Jenkins fans to enjoy."
The Phoenix Rising
Harmonia Mundi HMU807572
Other featured works
Pergolesi/Scarlatti: Stabat Mater
Gemma Bertagnolli, Sara Mingardo
Concerto Italiano/Renaldo Alessandrini
David's Verdict: "I like this, particularly when it is a generous 79 minutes in duration! Very good value."
Haydn: London Symphonies 102,103,104
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble/Marc Minkowski
David's Verdict: "Very enjoyable"