The New Releases Show with David Mellor - Saturday 14 February 2015, 9pm

David Mellor gives a rare chance to hear Saint-Saens's first two symphonies in a new recording from Naxos.

A highly precocious musical prodigy Camille Saint-Saëns was once known as the French Mendelssohn . His assured First Symphony was completed when he was 17, and was praised by Berlioz and Gounod at its first performance.

Saint-Saëns's elegantly crafted Second Symphony is quite unconventional not least for its first movement, based on a fugue.

Tonight David Mellor showcases the first album in a series of three devoted to the five Saint-Saëns Symphonies: the first two numbered works, the famous third 'Organ' symphony , and two unnumbered works.

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra on superb form here, conducted by the French music expert Marc Soustrot, have delivered a real discovery.

The New Releases Show

The New CD Show With David Mellor on Classic FM The New Releases Show

Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.