CD of the week: Jon Lord - To Notice Such Things
6 April: This is a very special new album, from a former rock musician who, over the last few years, has really proved his worth as a classical composer.
Jon Lord was the keyboard player in Deep Purple - and, a few years ago, he composed his Durham Concerto, the first piece of music which really brought him to our attention here at Classic FM.
That was swiftly followed by the evocatively-titled piano concerto, Boom of the Tingling Strings, and now, Jon offers us a beautiful work for piano, flute and string orchestra: To Notice Such Things.
It's a musical tribute to Jon's friend, the late Sir John Mortimer, who was famous to millions as the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey.
On this moving work, Jon himself plays piano, Cormac Henry is the flautist, and the supple and rich string sound is provided by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Classic FM's Orchestra in the North-West of England.