From 5pm on a Sunday evening, David takes you on a two hour classical music journey of discovery, designed to round off the weekend in the best way possible.
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.
David celebrates the 40th birthday of the award-winning classical label Orfeo. We hear recordings from some of the fantastic soloists that have been on their books over the years, from Rudolf Serkin to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Baiba Skride. David also plays some of the greatest symphonies recorded in their forty year history, including John Barbirolli and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Brahms’ Symphony No.2.
Sunday 19 July
Today David transports us away for a balmy summer’s evening in Italy.
He features an exclusive first play from conductor John Wilson’s new recording of Respighi’s Roman Trilogy on Chandos, plus the finest Italian operatic overtures, arias, and Neapolitan songs.
Sunday 26 July
Today David celebrates the astounding recorded legacy of conductor George Szell, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death. Considered one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century and named the “next Mozart” by newspapers in his teens, we hear some of Szell’s finest recordings from his long tenure with the Cleveland Orchestra. Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No.4 feature.