The Full Works Concert - Monday 3 February 2014: Great British Performers

Tonight Jane Jones begins five nights of Full Works Concerts dedicated to Great British Performers.

Simon Rattle, CBSO

The English Chamber Orchestra performs the first two works on the programme - Elgar 's Serenade in E minor for Strings and Louis Spohr 's Clarinet Concerto No.1 in C minor, in which the soloist is another great British musician, the clarinettist Emma Johnson.

An unusual work follows - Roy Goodman directs the Brandenburg Consort from the violin in Charles Avison's Concerto No.11 in G. Newcastle-born Avison (1709-1770) arranged and adapted Scarlatti 's keyboard sonatas and, through adding movements of his own, created this and other superb concertos. This performance shows off Goodman's violin playing and the Brandenburg Consort at their absolute best.

One of today's highly respected British conductors William Boughton is at the helm of the English Symphony Orchestra for A Shropshire Lad, George Butterworth's famous setting of A.E. Housman's 1896 collection of poetry. Originally Housman wanted to call the book, The Poems of Terence Hearsay , but was persuaded by his publisher to change the title.

For a choral interlude, Martin Neary conducts the Westminster Abbey Choir in John Tavener 's Song for Athene , made famous by its use at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

British violinist Daniel Hope plays Maurice Ravel 's Tzigane, and our concert ends with Haydn 's Symphony No.88 conducted by the finest British conductor of his generation, Simon Rattle who is at the helm of the Berlin Philharmonic for this recording.



Edward Elgar: Serenade in E minor for Strings Opus 20

Paul Goodwin conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Louis Spohr: Clarinet Concerto No.1 in C minor Opus 26
Clarinet: Emma Johnson
Gerard Schwarz conducts the English Chamber Orchestra 

Charles Avison: Concerto No.11 in G major
Roy Goodman conducts Brandenburg Consort

George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
William Boughton conducts English Symphony Orchestra

John Tavener: Song for Athene
Martin Neary conducts the Westminster Abbey Choir

Maurice Ravel: Tzigane
Violin: Daniel Hope
Piano: Sebastian Knauer

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.88 in G major
Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Full Works Concert