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As 2014 draws to a close, Catherine Bott presents the first of two Full Works Concerts which look back on the best classical releases of the year.
Among the highlights in tonight's concert is a recording of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the outstanding Montenegran guitarist Miloš Karadaglic. This is Miloš' first full concerto recording and he pulls off the popular concerto with energy and aplomb, demonstrating a new level of maturity and an ever-developing skill. The accompanying London Philharmonic Orchestra sounds vibrant and well-drilled under the electrifying baton of Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
There's also the first in a series of live concerts featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, exploring the complete symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. And as you might expect, Sir John brings his love of authentic performance into his approach - the LSO strings sound bright and breezy as they evoke Mendelssohn's Scotland in the Scottish Symphony.
Catherine also has a sneak preview of a new album to be released in 2015 of Mozart’s evergreen Sinfonia Concertante from the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Neville Marriner.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'
Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Violin: Rachel Barton-Pine
Viola: Matthew Lipman
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Guitar: Milos Karadaglic
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor, ‘Scottish’
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra