From 7pm on a Sunday evening, David takes you on a two hour classical music journey of discovery.
Barrister, former Cabinet minister, football anorak and classical music expert, David Mellor is here every weekend, when he puts his passion for all things classical to very good use, with a fascinating two-hour Sunday programme of great recordings from the past and present, rarely-heard gems, and new discoveries.
Ask David Mellor a question about any type of classical music from the last 100 years, and you can be pretty sure he’ll have a fact about it tripping off his tongue before you’ve finished speaking. His knowledge of the repertoire really is remarkable – and, as you’ll discover if you join him this weekend, David’s lightness of touch and enthusiasm for everything he plays marks his programme out as one of the most accessible on the entire station.
Each Sunday, David chooses a different, intriguing theme and uses it to weave all sorts of anecdotes and fascinating asides into the music he’s playing. One week, the programme will be a celebration of American classical music to mark Independence Day; the next, he’s paying tribute to great singers of the 20th century like Kathleen Ferrier and Joan Sutherland by featuring some of the finest recordings from the archive.
David’s selections are always eclectic – but always inclusive, too. We exhort him to quite deliberately play music which doesn’t feature elsewhere on the station; after all, Sunday evenings are usually a time when you can listen to the radio quite actively, and really lend us your ears. The visitors have gone, the shopping’s been done, and it’s just you, Classic FM and some great music (plus potentially a rather large pile of ironing to tackle before the morning). David therefore takes the opportunity to tell a few stories about the music he’s playing, and to treat you to pieces that wouldn’t always fit so nearly at other times of the day.
David is always delighted to receive your thoughts on the music he plays – especially if there’s a theme you think would work well on a Sunday night. Let him know your thoughts via the form below or Tweet @ClassicFM, and listen this Sunday evening for a wonderfully indulgent and enjoyable two-hour journey of discovery on Classic FM.
As thoughts turn to the first round of Christmas shopping, David selects some of the finest recently-released recordings that he thinks would make a great stocking filler.
Jonas Kaufmann’s latest offering, ‘Wien’, features the great tenor alongside the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and showcases the crowd-pleasing favourites that turned Vienna into the beloved capital of classical music.
Music by legendary film composer John Williams is also included, performed by virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Her new album, entitled ‘Across the Stars’, features the composer’s personal selection of iconic themes as well as rediscovered gems from a career spanning more than 40 years.
Sunday 24 November
As temperatures plummet and woolly jumpers become a daily essential, join David for a programme of suitably frosty music. Highlights include ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by the early music specialists Red Priest, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1 – nicknamed ‘Winter Dreams’ – courtesy of Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sunday 1 December
To celebrate St. Andrew’s Day, which fell yesterday, David presents two hours of music inspired by Caledonia.
The German composer Max Bruch hadn’t ever visited Scotland at the time he composed his Scottish Fantasy; it was based on a collection of folk melodies held at the Munich library. Tonight, David features a recording of the work by the legendary violinist David Oistrakh alongside the London Symphony Orchestra.
We’ll also hear a selection of Scottish music, including ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘Flower of Scotland’, performed the City of Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra.