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.                      

  

 

Monday 27th March, 8pm: Celebrating Mstislav Rosropovich

Jane Jones celebrates the life and work of one of the greatest cellists ever to have lived – Mstislav Rostropovich – on the day that would have been his 90th birthday. 

The concert opens with the prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 – the first few bars serving as a reminder of why Rostropovich enjoyed such legendary acclaim. Equally prolific on the rostrum, we’ll hear him lead the London Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Serenade Melancholique with violinist Maxim Vengerov, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, with Martha Argerich as soloist. 

Adored amongst his peers, Jane showcases some of the remarkable collaborations between Rostropovich and other musical legends, such as the violinist Yehudi Menuhin.  Our concert finishes with a breathtakingly delicate duet with Benjamin Britten, which moved the cellist to tears when played to him on his deathbed.

Johann Sebastian Bach 
Cello Suite No.1 in G major BWV.1007 – Prelude
Mstislav Rostropovich  

Johannes Brahms 
Double Concerto in A minor Opus 102 
Violin: Yehudi Menuhin
Cello: Mstislav Rostropovich
Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Robert Schumann 
Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 54 
Piano: Martha Argerich
Mstislav Rostropovich conducts the National Symphony Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky 
Serenade Melancholique Opus 26      
Violin: Maxim Vengerov
Mstislav Rostropovich conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Franz Schubert 
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821
Cello: Mstislav Rostropovich
Piano: Benjamin Britten

 

Tuesday 28th March, 8pm: A Vienese celebration

It’s 175 years to the day that the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert, in the main hall of the city’s Musikverein. The Orchestra, hatched by a group who met regularly at a Viennese inn, has since become known as one of the world’s finest.

To celebrate the occasion, Jane Jones presents a concert which includes a piece heard on that opening night in 1842: Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3, played for us by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra – which, by a twist of fate, also celebrates it’s 175th anniversary later this year. 

We’ll hear the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in all its glory, demonstrating their flair for dramatic interpretation and passionate performance. The concert ends in true celebratory form with an encore from this year’s New Year’s Day Concert, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, which will have you clapping along!  

Johann Strauss II 
Champagne Polka Opus 211
Will Boskovsky conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.17 in G major K.453
Piano: Lang Lang 
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn     
Symphony No.4 in A major Opus 90 (‘Italian’)
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 

Johann Strauss II 
At the Hunt Opus 373 
Claudio Abbado conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Louis Spohr 
Clarinet Concerto No.1 in C minor
Clarinet: Ernst Ottensamer
Colin Davis conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  

Ludwig van Beethoven  
Leonore Overture No.3 Opus 72a
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Strauss
Radetzky March Opus 228
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  

                             

 

Wednesday 29th March, 8pm: Out and about in Cornwall

This week, Classic FM’s Orchestra in the South of England, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, is travelling all over Cornwall for a very busy week of concerts and workshops. Their mammoth residency will see them perform in over 60 locations – with visits in over 50 schools – for special workshops and tea dances in local communities.  

To celebrate this brilliant music-making for all, Catherine Bott tonight features some of the BSO’s finest recordings, including Walton’s Henry V Suite and Mussorgsky’s powerful Pictures at an Exhibition.

But to open, a fitting piece for any orchestra engaging in such military-style logistics across a whole county: Cornish composer Malcolm Arnold’s legendary ‘Colonel Bogey’, from The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Malcolm Arnold
The Bridge on the River Kwai – Colonel Bogey
Richard Hickox conducts the London Symphony Orchestra 

Antonin Dvorak 
Symphony No.8 in G major Opus 88
Jose Serbrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

William Walton 
Henry V Suite
Andrew Litton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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

Johann Sebastian Bach
Jose Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra    

Aram Khachaturian 
Dance of the Young Maidens

Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

 

 

Thursday 30th March, 8pm: New appointments

It’s a big week for the Philharmonia Orchestra, as they make two significant appointments in their artistic line-up. To mark the occasion, Catherine Bott features an evening of music from the two musicians who will be joining them as Principal Guest Conductors: Jakub Hrusa and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. 

We’ll hear these maestros direct the Prague Philharmonia and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra respectively in works by Dvorak and Sibelius, coupled with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F played by the incomparable orchestra which they are joining.   

Join Catherine for an exciting preview of things to come for Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour!

Antonin Dvorak
Carnival Overture Op. 92
Jakub Hrusa conducts the Prague Philharmonic 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.6 in B minor Opus 74 (‘Pathetique’)
Carlo Maria Giulini conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Jean Sibelius 
Two Serenades, Op.69 for Violin and Orchestra
Violin: Baiba Skride
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra 

George Gershwin
Piano Concerto in F 
Piano: Howard Shelley
Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra      

 

 

Friday 31st March, 8pm: Happy birthday, Haydn!

It’s the 285th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Haydn – and tonight, Catherine Bott celebrates with two hours of music to commemorate one of the most prolific composers ever to have lived.

Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante will be played by soloists from the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and his Symphony No.82 features in a fine recording from Concentus Musicus Vienna under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Haydn has continued to inspire composers through the ages: second in the billing is Brahms’ variations on one of his most popular tunes. We’ll also hear a trumpet concerto from Joseph Haydn’s brother, Michael, alongside music by Mozart, who owed much of his musical knowledge to the ‘Father of the Symphony’. In a nod towards Haydn’s upbringing – and near life-altering career change – as a chorister, Catherine showcases the soaring voice of Barbara Booney in his pupil’s Exsultate Jubilate.

To close the concert, Steven Isserlis plays Haydn’s Adagio Cantabile, accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Sir Roger Norrington.

Joseph Haydn
Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major 
Violin: Gordan Nikolitch
Cello: Herre-Jan Stegenga
Oboe: Toon Durville
Bassoon: Magreet Bongers 
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra 

Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Opus 56a
Wolfgang Sawallisch conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 

Michael Haydn
Trumpet Concerto in C major
Trumpet: Reinhold Friedrich
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields 

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.82 in C major
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Concentus Musicus Vienna

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Exsultate Jubilate K.165
Soprano: Barbara Bonney
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Joseph Haydn
Adagio Cantabile in G major
Cello: Steven Isserlis
Roger Norrington conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

 

 

Monday 3rd April, 8pm: Live Music Month - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Throughout April, we’re celebrating the very best of live music-making in the UK and further afield, in a series of exclusive concerts and performances. And every single night on the Full Works Concert, we’ll be featuring performances that have never been heard on UK radio before. 

To kick off proceedings, Katie Breathwick tonight employs the brilliant forces of Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North West of England, the Royal Liverpool Philhamonic. We’ll hear their enigmatic Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko at the helm in Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No.7, coupled with his Symphony No.3 (‘Eroica’) – which, with its two mighty opening chords, changed the course of music forever. 

This show-stopper of a concert, recorded live at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, begins with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. It promises to be the start of a very special month on Classic FM, which is guaranteed to have you hooked each night.

Hector Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 (‘Eroica’)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7

Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  



Tuesday 4th April, 8pm: Live Music Month - Live from Los Angeles

For the second in Classic FM’s month of exclusive live concerts, Katie Breathwick brings listeners a stunning concert all the way from Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

With its birdsong, horn-calls and playful musical jokes, there’s no experience more life-affirming than Beethoven’s ever-fresh Symphony No. 6 (‘Pastoral’). We’ll hear this work coupled with a true taste of the American sound with Copland’s Appalachian Spring, before finishing with a stunning performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.9 (‘Jeunehomme’) from amazing piano virtuoso Yuja Wang.

Join Katie for this unique opportunity to hear three characterful masterworks, all recorded live in concert, performed by Classic FM’s Orchestra in America, the inimitable Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.6 (‘Pastoral’)
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 9 K.271 (‘Jeunehomme’)
Piano: Yuja Wang
Lionel Bringuier conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Eric Copland
Appalachian Spring
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra 

 

 

Wednesday 5th April, 8pm: Live Music Month - Academy of Ancient Music

It’s Live Music Month on Classic FM, where every single Full Works Concert has been recorded for broadcast, exclusively on Classic FM.

Tonight, Katie Breathwick brings us a concert packed with Baroque gems from one of the world’s most respected early music ensembles, the Academy of Ancient Music. In a concert recorded at London’s Milton Court just a few weeks ago, we’ll hear Bach’s Italian Concerto – described as the most perfect concerto for single instrument by a contemporary critic – and a piece known inside-out by oboists over the world, Marcello’s sublime Concerto for Oboe in D minor.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for oboe d’amore in D major BWV 1055
Oboe: Frank de Bruine

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for violin in G minor RV 317
Violin: Rebecca Livermore 

Tomaso Albinoni
Concerto for oboe in D minor Op.9
Oboe: Frank de Bruine                       

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for two violins in A minor RV522
Violin 1: Rebecca Livermore
Violin 2: Bojan Čičić 

Johann Sebastian Bach
Italian Concerto
Harpsichord: Alastair Ross 

Bendetto Marcello
Concerto for Oboe in D minor
Oboe: Frank de Bruine

Bojan Čičić directs the Academy of Ancient Music from the violin



Thursday 6th April, 8pm: Live Music Month - LSO Live

Tonight, Catherine Bott gives listeners the exclusive chance to hear a monumental work from Classic FM’s Orchestra in the City of London, recorded live at London’s Barbican in September, in a flagship moment in Live Music Month on Classic FM.

The recording in question is Verdi’s Requiem, which is released as an ‘LSO Live’ album later this month. Conducted by Giandrea Noseda, and featuring world-class soloists, Classic FM listeners will be the first to hear this electrifying recording of Verdi’s choral masterpiece and landmark of the romantic era on British radio. Often labelled as an opera in all but name, the combination of eight trumpets alongside a chorus marked ‘ffff’, is simply staggering.

Giuseppe Verdi
Requiem
Soprano: Erika Grimaldi
Mezzo-Soprano: Daniela Barcellona
Tenor: Francesco Meli
Bass: Michele Pertusi
Giandrea Noseda conducts the London Symphony Orchestra 

 


Friday 7th April, 8pm: Live Music Month - 6000 pipes from Hull

Tonight, Catherine Bott presents a concert recorded live in Hull as part of the Made in Hull 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations. 

We’ll hear the world premiere performance of Sir Karl Jenkins’ special commission from the Hull Philharmonic Society, 6,000 Pipes. The piece brings together the sounds of the City Hall organ and Hull Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Penny, and includes sea shanties and a hornpipe, in a nod towards Hull’s maritime history. The commission is paired with Ravel’s beautiful Piano Concerto and Saint-Seans’ Symphony No. 3 (‘Organ’), in a truly celebratory evening. 

Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major
Piano: Martin Roscoe 

Karl Jenkins
6,000 Pipes
Organ: Jonathan Scott 

Camille Saint-Saens
Symphony No. 3 (‘Organ’)
Organ: Jonathan Scott

Andrew Penny conducts the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra



Monday 10th April, 8pm: Live Music Month - Celebrating the CSBO

Throughout April, we’re celebrating the very best live music making in the UK and further afield, in a series of exclusive concerts and performances. And every single night on the Full Works Concert, we’re enjoying performances that have never been heard on UK radio before.

This week, Classic FM is shining the spotlight on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with a series of outstanding concerts – beginning with tonight’s, which was recorded live at Symphony Hall in February.

Everyone can hum the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth – but few have heard it under the baton of the CBSO’s acclaimed new Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Haydn’s exuberant Symphony No.31 (‘Hornsignal’) opens tonight’s concert, and there’s no more poetic partner than Francesco Piemontesi for the final piano concerto by Mirga’s beloved Mozart.

This concert received five-star reviews – and the only place you’ll be able to hear it is on Classic FM.  Join Katie Breathwick, from 8pm.

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.31 (Hornsignal)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.27 K.595
Piano: Francesco Piemontesi 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.5

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra




Tuesday 11th April, 8pm: Live Music Month - Celebrating the CBSO

Katie Breathwick continues Classic FM’s Live Music Month celebrations with another triumphant concert from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. 

Tonight’s concert contains music which featured in the 2016 Classic FM Hall of Fame – beginning with the current Number 1, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.  Further highlights include the stirring orchestral anthem Finlandia, by Sibelius, and the unmistakable sound of Nimrod by Elgar.

With the brand new Classic FM Hall of Fame being unveiled this Easter weekend, it’s the perfect concert to get you in the mood for some brilliant music to come.

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
Violin: Zoe Beyers 

Nobu Uematsu
Final Fantasy – Main Theme 

Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.2 – 2nd movement
Piano: Mihkel Poll 

Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations – Nimrod 

Jean Sibelius
Finlandia 

Edvard Grieg
Peer Gynt – In the Hall of the Mountain King 

Max Bruch
Violin Concerto No.1 – 3rd movement (finale)
Violin: Zoe Beyers 

Howard Shore
Theme from the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 

Michael Seal conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra




Wednesday 12th April, 8pm: Live Music Month - Celebrating the CBSO

It’s Live Music Month on Classic FM: every Full Works Concert has been recorded exclusively for broadcast, and tonight, we’re back in Symphony Hall Birmingham for an evening of ‘Spring Classics’.

In the third instalment of our week-long celebration of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Katie Breathwick brings us a live concert of music that’s fresh, bright and bursting with life.

From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Strauss’s Voices of Spring, to Elgar’s Chanson de Matin and Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps, this is music to have you whistling the tunes – and set you off with a spring in your step!

Antonio Vivaldi
Four Seasons – Spring (1st movement) 

Eric Coates
Springtime Suite – Noonday Song 

Percy Grainger
Country Gardens 

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Wasps – Overture 

Johann Strauss
Voices of Spring:Waltzes

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Three Children’s Songs for a Spring Festival 

Edward Elgar
Chanson de Matin 

Aaron Copland
Appalachian Spring – Suite (selections) 

Benjamin Britten
The Cuckoo from Friday Afternoons

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) – 1st movement 

Eric Copland
Simple Gifts from Old American Songs Set 

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker Suite: 3 Waltz of the Flowers 

Frederick Delius
On Hearing the First Cuckoo In Spring 

Julian Wilkins conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra




Thursday 13th April, 8pm: Live Music Month - Celebrating the CBSO

Tonight, Catherine Bott continues Classic FM’s celebration of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – in this, Live Music Month.

Catherine will be profiling some of the finest live recordings ever to have been made by the CBSO, the centrepiece being their acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 (‘Titan’) under the baton of their then Music Director, Simon Rattle. The concert starts with Saint-Saens’ brilliant Piano Concerto No.3, with soloist Stephen Hough.

Camille Saint Saens
Piano Concerto No.3 in E-flat major
Piano: Stephen Hough
Sakari Oramo conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 1 (‘Titan’)
Simon Rattle conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

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