Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.
Superb chamber music for wind instruments and a brilliant unknown violin concerto are among David's picks.
Tonight, David Mellor picks as his Album of the Week a fascinating collection of music for wind instruments that spans three centuries and the French, Austro-German and Russian repertoires. It's all played by a very distinguished band of musicians - Les Vents Francais - who have been described as "the wind-quintet equivalent of a supergroup", featuring five world-renowned soloists in their own right.
Also tonight David enjoys Volume 18 of Hyperion's series of little-known violin concertos of the Romantic era. This one showcases the music of Joseph Jongen, a Belgian composer much admired in his day for his orchestral and chamber works. On this new album violin virtuoso Philippe Graffin collaborates with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and conductor Martyn Brabbins in Jongen’s Violin Concerto, one of the composer’s first substantial works. David describes it as "a lovely violin concerto which ought to be rather better known than it is."