The Full Works Concert: upcoming shows

Vasily Petrenko

Weekdays, 8-10pm. The Full Works Concert brings the world’s greatest music into your living room every weekday evening. It's presented by Jane Jones (Monday-Wednesday) and Catherine Bott (Thursday and Friday). Text 61812, tweet @ClassicFM or email using the forms below.

You can listen to the last week's Full Works Concerts on our Classic FM Radio Player, or go to the Classic FM Playlist for a list of the pieces played in each programme.  

  

Friday 26th May, 8pm: Musical homages

Tonight, Catherine Bott showcases occasions in music where composers have adapted and progressed works which they admire and respect – often with tremendous results.

Rachmaninov’s masterful transformation of a simple theme by Paganini opens the concert, performed by Daniil Trifonov and the Philadelphia Orchestra, after which Catherine plays Rodrigo’s Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre, based on six short dances for guitar written by the 17th-century composer Gaspar Sanz.

Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.4 is dedicated to Mozart, using themes from some of his solo piano works, and was composed on the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Don Giovanni. Vaughan Williams closes the concert with a firm favourite in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.                                                                       

Sergei Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Opus 43
Piano: Daniil Trifonov
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra

Joaquin Rodrigo
Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre
Guitar: Narciso Yepes
Garcia Navarro conducts the English Chamber Orchestra 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Suite No.4 in G major Opus 61 (‘Mozartiana’)
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Maurice Ravel
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Pierre Boulez conducts the Cleveland Orchestra     

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
John Barbirolli conducts the Sinfonia of London

 

 

Monday 29th May, 8pm: Musical Holidays

With schoolchildren on half term this week in England and Wales, Classic FM takes the opportunity to feature music by composers who were inspired on their holidays.

The concert opens with Sibelius’s love letter to Karelia – a beautiful wilderness in south-east Finland. The composer adored the area, having been there on his honeymoon, where he jotted down peasant tunes between enjoying newly-married life.

Mendelssohn’s passion for Scotland, meanwhile, was born after a walking tour of the Highlands in 1829, and his Symphony No.3 bears all the emotion and drama evoked by those wild landscapes.

To close, Jane Jones features a playful performance of Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit. The French composer was swept up by the colours and carnival atmosphere of South America after a trip to Brazil in 1918, and violinist Renaud Capuçon brings out these qualities with flair in a delightful recording. 

Jean Sibelius
Karelia Suite Opus 11
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.3 in A minor Opus 56 (‘Scottish’)
Andrew Litton conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Camile Saint-Saens
Africa – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra Opus 89
Piano: Gwendolyn Monk
Geoffrey Simon conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Elgar
In the South (Alassio) Opus 50
Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra

Darius Milhaud
Le Boeuf sur le Toit
Violin: Renaud Capuçon
Daniel Harding conducts the German Chamber Orchestra of Bremen

 

 

Tuesday 30th May, 8pm: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Gorecki’s Symphony No.3 (‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’) may be known to many by its middle movement, but tonight, following a listener request, Jane Jones takes the opportunity to present the work in its entirety, with a recording which has sold millions of copies worldwide.  

Inspired by such a moving piece, Jane Jones looks to Gorecki’s homeland, Poland, featuring other beautiful works to accompany. Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise  is  performed by pianist Jan Lisiecki and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and there’s a rare opportunity to hear one of the countless Baroque masterpieces to come from the nation, with Stanislaw Sylwester Szarzynski’s Sonata A 2.

The concert opens with a long-standing advocate of Polish music, Nigel Kennedy, as he leads the Polish Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No.4 in D major
Violin: Nigel Kennedy
Nigel Kennedy leads the Polish Chamber Orchestra

Richard Addinsell
Warsaw Concerto
Piano: Daniel Adni
Kenneth Alwyn conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Henryk Gorecki
Symphony No.3 Opus 36 (‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’)
Soprano: Dawn Upshaw
David Zinman conducts the London Sinfonietta

Frederic Chopin
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise
Piano: Jan Lisiecki
Krysztof Urbanski conducts the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra 

Stanislaw Sylwester Szarzynski
Sonata A 2
Alla Polacca Ensemble

 

 

Wednesday 31st May, 8pm: Best new releases

We’re almost half way through 2017, so tonight, Jane Jones looks back at the year so far, picking out some of the best classical recordings that have hit the shelves.

In an evening of Classic FM favourites, Lars Vogt performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 in a monumental recording with Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North East, the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Vasily Petrenko and another Classic FM partner orchestra take us on a journey with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.3, and Adrian Chandler dazzles with Baroque showmanship courtesy of Giuseppe Tartini.

Plus – a brand-new recording of rising star, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and a treat from 2Cellos, who close the concert with dramatic flair.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Opus 15
Lars Vogt leads the Royal Northern Sinfonia from the keyboard

Pablo Casals
Song of the Birds
Cello: Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Piano: Isata Kanneh-Mason

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.3 in D major Opus 29 (‘Polish’)
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Giuseppe Tartini
Concerto in E major D. 51
Adrian Chandler directs La Serenissima from the violin

James Horner
Braveheart – For the love of a Princess
2Cellos

 

 

Thursday 1st June, 8pm: Sgt Pepper at 50

It’s fifty years to the day since the release of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Classic FM celebrates with two hours of music inspired by the Beatles – and works which inspired the band themselves.

In an eclectic programme, Catherine Bott includes everything from Mozart to orchestral versions of some of the Beatles’ own music – each with their own story to tell.  John Rutter opens with his grand Romantic-style concerto for two pianos, made from motifs of Beatles songs, and the Beatles producer, George Martin, features with one of his own compositions.

Paul McCartney was so taken with the piccolo trumpet playing in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.2, that he contacted the trumpeter from the recording and hired him to play in ‘Penny Lane’. And on the album’s famous cover, each Beatle is holding an instrument; Catherine nods towards John Lennon’s choice in a favourite by Mozart. 

Tonight’s concert also features music from another unlikely Liverpudlian, Max Bruch, who spent much of his life in the city.  Join Catherine for an evening of brilliant music, and a trip down memory lane!

John Rutter
The Beatles Concerto
John Rutter conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 

George Martin
3 American Sketches
Guitar: Goran Sollscher
Mats Rondin conducts Members of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
George Martin was the Beatles’ producer

Max Bruch
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra Opus 75
Violin: Salvatore Accardo
Kurt Masur conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Horn Concerto No.4 in E-flat Major
Horn: Roger Montgomery
Margaret Faultless leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 

John Lennon / Paul McCartney
‘Blackbird’  
Guitar: Milos Karadaglic 

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major BWV.1047
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields 

Paul McCartney 
My Love
Loma Mar Quartet  

 

 

Friday 2nd June, 8pm: La Seine Musicale - Europe's newest concert hall

Last month, France opened the doors to Europe’s newest concert hall, the glorious Seine Musicale, built on an island in the city of Paris. Tonight, Catherine Bott celebrates with some fine recordings from conductor Laurence Equilbey, who takes Artistic Directorship of the Hall, along with the Orchestra founded specially to fill it with music, the Insula Orchestra.

Equilbey’s orchestra opens the concert with the dramatic overture to Gluck’s opera Orfeo et Euridice, before Mozart’s Symphony No.31 – his homage to the city of Paris. The new concert hall has regenerated the Ile de Seguin area – well known in France as the site of Renault’s former factories. In homage to the island’s history, Catherine plays Abel Korzeniowski’s music to the film W.E., made famous in the Renault Clio adverts. In addition, there’s beautiful works to have come from the ‘city of light’, including Delius’s epic poem to Paris, and Debussy’s sublime concert suite from his opera Pelléas et Mélisande.

The centrepiece of the concert is a UK exclusive: a live recording from the grand opening concert of La Seine Musicale a few weeks ago. Equilbey and her orchestra perform Beethoven’s rousing Choral Fantasy, performed with cheers and gusto.

France Musique

Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo et Euridice – Overture
Laurence Equilbey conducts the Insula Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.31 in D major (‘Paris’)
Adam Fischer conducts the Danish National Chamber Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra Opus 80 (‘Choral Fantasy’)
Laurence Equilbey conducts the Insula Orchestra and Accentus

Frederick Delius
Paris: The Song of A Great City
Norman del Mar conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Abel Korzeniowski
‘Letters’ from W.E.
Terry Davies conducts a studio orchestra 

Claude Debussy
Pelléas et Mélisande – Concert Suite
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Gabriel Faure
Cantique de Jean Racine Opus 11
Laurence Equilbey conducts Accentus and the Orchestre National de France

 

 

Monday 5th June, 8pm: Living Legends Week

This week, Classic FM celebrates the true living legends of classical music, both at home and abroad. In the opening concert of the series, Jane Jones presents an evening packed with greats, including the pianist Martha Argerich, whose performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto minor with her long-time collaborative partner Mstislav Rostropovich truly dazzles. 

Also featured is early music pioneer Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the ensemble he formed in 1978, the English Baroque Soloists. They treat us to Mozart’s Symphony No.40, after which star cellist Yo-Yo Ma teams up with the composer John Williams for his score to Seven Years in Tibet.  

Robert Schumann
Piano Concerto in A minor
Piano: Martha Argerich
Mstislav Rostropovich conducts the National Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.40 in G minor
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists

John Williams
Seven Years in Tibet
Cello: Yo-Yo Ma
ohn Williams conducts a studio orchestra

Nicolo Paganini
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major
Violin: Itzhak Perlman
Lawrence Foster conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

 

 

Tuesday 6th June, 8pm: Living Legends Week

Tonight, in the second concert of our Living Legends Week on Classic FM, Jane Jones features an exclusively recorded performance from Classic FM’s Artists in Residence, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and their eminent Principal Guest Conductor, Murray Perahia.

The legendary pianist and conductor joins the Academy in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5, recorded for Classic FM last month at London’s Barbican. The concert forms part of the Academy’s acclaimed ‘Perahia Plays Beethoven’ series, which has received five-star reviews, cementing its place as one of the classical highlights of the year.

Alongside the mighty ‘Emperor’ concerto, the Academy, led by Tomo Keller, performs Beethoven’s Romance No.2 and Symphony No.1. Jane also takes the opportunity to feature Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, performed by Nicola Benedetti, in a stunning recording with the Academy.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Romance No.2 in F major
Violin: Tomo Keller
Tomo Keller directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the Violin 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major (‘Emperor’)
Piano: Murray Perahia
Murray Perahia directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the Piano 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 1 in C major
Tomo Keller directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the Violin

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
James MacMillan conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

 

 

Wednesday 7th June, 8pm: Living Legends Week

Tonight on Classic FM, Jane Jones rolls out the red carpet for some of the most outstanding musicians performing today. Opening the concert is incomparable soprano Renee Fleming with Dvorak’s beautiful Song to the Moon. Other star names include Pinchas Zukerman performing with Zubin Metha, and one of the world’s most famous flautists, Sir James Galway, who has sold millions of albums across the course of his glittering career.

Plus – the magical pairing of pianist Andras Schiff and Bernard Haitink, who treat us to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2, and Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso performed with panache by Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Antonin Dvorak 
Song to the Moon
Soprano: Renee Fleming
Georg Solti conducts the London Symphony Orchestra 

Edouard Lalo
Symphonie Espagnole
Violin: Pinchas Zukerman
Zubin Metha conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute Concerto No.1 in G major
Flute: James Galway
Rudolf Baumgartner conducts the Lucerne Festival Strings

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major
Piano: Andras Schiff
Bernard Haitink conducts Staatskapelle Dresden

Camille Saint-Saens
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Percussion: Evelyn Glennie
Barry Wordsworth conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra

 

 

Thursday 8th June, 8pm: Living Legends Week

There’s no shortage of stars of the classical world to choose from in tonight’s concert, as Catherine Bott continues Living Legends Week on Classic FM.

Vladimir Ashkenazy heralds the start of the concert with Shostakovich’s joyous Festive Overture, before Mitsuko Uchida provides some calm, with a charming but rarely-heard piano sonata by Mozart. Joshua Bell’s violin sings plenty of familiar tunes in Gershwin’s Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, before the concert closes with the legendary Ennio Morricone and his suite from The Mission.

Dmitri Shostakovich
Festive Overture
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No.4 in E-flat major
Piano: Mitsuko Uchida

George Gershwin
Fantasy on Porgy and Bess
Violin: Joshua Bell
John Williams conducts London Symphony Orchestra

Robert Schumann
Symphony No.2 in C major
Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 

Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No.1 in G major
Cello: Steven Isserlis

Ennio Morricone
The Mission - Suite
Paul Bateman conducts City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus  

 

 

Friday 9th June, 5pm: Living Legends Week

In the final instalment of Living Legends Week on Classic FM, Catherine Bott lines up some of the finest recordings from the greats of today – including the pianist Maurizio Pollini and the guitarist John Williams. 

We’ll hear the incredible skill and endurance of Wynton Marsalis on the trumpet in Jean-Baptiste Arban’s The Carnival of Venice, along with a monumental symphonic treat, performed by the Kirov Orchestra under Valery Gergiev’s baton. The week of incredible showmanship and brilliance from some of the biggest stars of the classical world is closed by legendary tenor-turned-baritone, Placido Domingo, who serenades us with a beautiful Mexican love song.

Johannes Brahms
Academic Festival Overture
Bernard Haitink conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.24 in F# major (‘A Therese’)
Piano: Maurizio Pollini

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.6 in B minor (‘Pathetique’)
Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra

Jean-Baptiste Arban
The Carnival of Venice
Trumpet: Wynton Marsalis
Donald Hunsberger conducts the Eastman Wind Ensemble

Isaac Albeniz
Asturias
Guitar: John Williams

Aaron Copland
Billy the Kid
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Manuel Ponce
Estrellita        
Tenor: Placido Domingo
Violin: Itzhak Perlman
Johathan Tunick conducts the New York Studio Orchestra

 

 

Monday 12th June, 8pm: Bournemouth 125

Last week, Classic FM’s Orchestra in the South of England, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, announced their plans for their monumental 125th season – and tonight, Nick Bailey gives us an exciting glimpse of what’s in store.

The BSO’s outstanding interpretations of Russian music under their Ukranian Principal Conductor, Kirill Karabits, are well documented – and tonight, we hear a fine case in point: their recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  Also on the programme: two artists who are set to play a big part in the BSO’s 125th year: clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer and violinist Nemanja Radulovic. Also on the bill is Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and Schubert’s stirring Symphony No.4 in C minor (‘Tragic’), both of which feature as highlights next season. 

To close, a piece which is sure to get the pulse racing: John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, played with more energy than one might expect from an orchestra of such a grand age.

Ron Goodwin
The Trap – Main Theme
Ron Goodwin conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata & Fugue in D minor
Arranged for Violin
Nemanja Radulovic leads Les Trilles du Diable from the Violin 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet – a Fantasy Overture
Andrew Litton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 

Domenico Cimarosa
Oboe Concerto in C minor (arranged for clarinet and orchestra)
Clarinet: Andreas Ottensamer
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 

Franz Schubert
Symphony no.4 in C minor (‘Tragic’)
Philippe Herwegge conducts the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra

John Adams
Two Fanfares: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Marin Alsop conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

 

 

Tuesday 13th June, 8pm: King Ludwig

It’s the day in which Bavaria mourns the loss of one of its most extraordinary figures, and perhaps the most eccentric figurehead ever to have lived: King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Tonight, Nick Bailey dedicates two hours of music to this mysterious character, with works inspired by the fairy tales and magic with which this particular monarch surrounded his life. 

Self-styled as ‘The Swan King’, we hear Tchaikovsky’s suite from Swan Lake, a piece which evokes mystery and fantasy, played by the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. One man who infatuated the King was Richard Wagner, to the point of obsessiveness: Ludwig built castles based on his operas throughout Bavaria, and was given private performances in the State Opera House.

 Nick also features some of the music the King adored, with Wagner’s magical Siegfried Idyll. Other works include Mozart’s ballet music to Idomeneo, and the beautiful Romance for Clarinet and Orchestra by Richard Strauss.   

Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel & Gretel – Overture
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake: Suite
Alaxander Lazarev conducts the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor
Piano: Andras Schiff
Charles Dutoit conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Richard Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
Otto Klemperer conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Richard Strauss
Romance for Clarinet & Orchestra in Eb Major
Clarinet: Karl-Heinz Steffens
Karl Anton Rickenbacher conducts the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Idomeneo – Ballet Music 
Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre

Jean Sibelius
The Swan of Tuonela
Cor-anglais: Barry Davis
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields 



Wednesday 14th June, 8pm: Musical anniversaries

2017 is a big year for Classic FM, as the station celebrates 25 years of broadcasting. And tonight, Nick Bailey surveys his calendar to pick out works which also have reason to be celebrated.

From Handel’s triumphant Water Music Suite No.1, which is 300 years old this year, to Strauss’s By the Beautiful Blue Danube which was first performed in 1867, there’s some glorious music to enjoy. Plus – a treat from Carl Nielsen as we hear his Aladdin Suite, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, in a nod towards the premiere of the Disney film in the same year as Classic FM’s first broadcast: 1992.

Johann Strauss (II)
By the Beautiful Blue Danube
Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Polonaise in A-flat major
Piano: Ji Liu

George Frideric Handel
Water Music Suite No.1 in F major
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.98 in B-flat major
Adam Fischer conducts the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra

Henry Purcell
The Fairy Queen - Symphony to Act IV
Philip Pickett conducts the Musicians of the Globe

Carl Nielsen
Aladdin Suite
Paavo Jarvi conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

 

 

Thursday 15th June, 8pm: A journey through the Cotswolds

Join Catherine Bott as she takes us on a musical wander through one of England’s most picturesque areas: the Cotswolds. Spanning six counties, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has inspired countless artists, poets, and playwrights – and tonight, we’ll hear from some of the composers who either lived amongst, or were inspired by, the rolling hills and famous limestone.

Herbert Howells and Ivor Gurney used to take long walks together over the hills, and Gurney urged Howells to make the landscape, including the nearby Malvern Hills, the inspiration for his future work. One of the Malvern Hills’ most famous residents was Edward Elgar, who lived in sight of them for 55 or his 76 years. Tonight, we hear his Enigma Variations played in their entirety by Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour, the Philharmonia. Other works include Holst’s Symphony in F major, which is dedicated to the Cotswolds, and Finzi’s beautiful 5 Bagatelles, played by clarinettist Emma Johnson.

The concert opens with the contemporary light composer Philip Lane’s delightful Suite of Cotswold Folkdances.                                  

Philip Lane
Suite of Cotswold Folkdances
Gavin Sutherland conducts the Royal Ballet Sinfonia                                               

Gerald Finzi
5 Bagatelles
Clarinet: Emma Johnson
Piano: Malcolm Martineau

Edward Elgar
Variations on an Original Theme
Andrew David conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Christopher Gunning
Agatha Christie's Poirot – A Country Retreat
Christopher Gunning conducts a studio orchestra

Gustav Holst
Symphony in F major (‘The Cotswolds’)
Douglas Bostock conducts the Munich Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Howells
Dance No.2 for Violin & Orchestra
Violin: Malcolm Stewart
Vernon Handley conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Ivor Gurney
Nocturne in B major
Piano: Mark Bebbington

 

 

Friday 16th June, 8pm: Composers and their fathers

With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, Catherine Bott features some of classical music’s most famous father-son composing duos, as well as composers who struggled with their paternal relationships.

The concert opens with the drumroll of Johann Strauss’s Radetzky March, before his son takes centre stage with the beautiful Roses from the South. The legendary status of Carl Philip Emanuel Bach’s father didn’t deter him from writing sublime music: we’ll hear his Sinfonia in B-flat minor played by Ensemble Resonanz, after a violin concerto from the father of all music, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Beethoven’s relationship with his father, meanwhile, was rocky to say the least: despite Beethoven Senior being his son’s first music teacher, he relied heavily on alcohol and took his violent temper out on the young Ludwig when his playing wasn’t up to scratch. In the centrepiece of tonight’s concert, we’ll hear the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra perform the composer’s Symphony No.3 (‘Eroica’). The concert finishes with a beautiful ‘impromptu’ from Schubert, whose schoolmaster father introduced him to the basics of music throughout his formative years.

Johann Strauss Senior
Radetzky March
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Concentus Musicus Vienna

Johann Strauss Junior
Roses from the South
Andre Rieu conducts the Andre Rieu Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.3 in E-flat major Opus 55 (‘Eroica’)
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 

Alfred Newman
All About Eve – Suite
William Stromberg conducts the Moscow Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Newman
American Beauty – Any Other Name
Thomas Newman conducts a studio orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Violin Concerto in D minor
Violin: Alina Ibragimova
Jonathan Cohen directs Arcangelo 

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sinfonia in B-flat minor
Riccardo Minasi conducts Ensemble Resonanz

Franz Schubert
Impromptu in A-flat major
Piano: David Fray  

 

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