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 17th November – Treasured Instruments

The relationship between a soloist and their instrument is often an intricate one: bits of wood and string become alivelihood,and even a friend. Such is the case for the musicians featured tonight, as Catherine Bott showcases performers and their treasured instruments.

Cellist Guy Johnston considers his 1714 Tecchler cello as one of his closest companions; he recently embarked on a journey to find out more about the instrument, meeting a host of characters along the way.  Krystian Zimerman, meanwhile, insists on travelling with his own piano: a Steinway concert grand to which he has made a number of modifications.

We’ll also learn about the generous gift Nicola Benedetti was given by a banker, and the distress Min Kym felt when her beloved Stradivarius was stolen in a London café. At the time of the theft, the violinist said she felt as though she had lost her soul mate.

The concert opens with an iconic recording of Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No.2 performed by Glenn Gould, who wasn’t so much wedded to a piano, but to his iconic low piano stool. When once asked what the ‘shabby’ thing was, he replied: “how dare you disrespect a member of my family”.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto No.2 in E major
Piano: Glenn Gould
Vladimir Golschmann conducts the Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Ottorino Respighi
Adagio con Variazioni
Cello: Guy Johnston
Carlo Rizzi conducts the Orchestra of the Academy of St. Cecilia

Camille Saint-Saens
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Violin: Min Kym
Piano: Gordon Back

George Frideric Handel
Oboe Concerto No.1 in B-flat major
Natural Trumpet: Alison Balsom
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor
Piano: Krystian Zimerman
Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Alexander Glazunov
Violin Concerto in A minor
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 


Monday 20th November – Autumn Releases Part 1

Over the next two nights, Classic FM features some of the best classical releases this autumn.

Tonight’s concert kicks off with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – with all its fireworks and technical mastery – performed by showman Nemanja Radulovic. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5 is given a fresh makeover courtesy of the Berlin Baroque Soloists, and there’s a chance to hear a beautiful re-imagination of sacred chants, arranged for violin, cello and piano.

Plus there’s bullfighting and castanets from the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and Haydn’s joyful Cello Concerto No.1 performed by Corinne Morris, who leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Jane Jones presents.

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major
Violin: Nemanja Radulovic
Sascha Goetzel conducts the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Karl Jenkins
Flute: Emma Hanlan
Karl Jenkins conducts the Adiemus Symphony Orchestra of Europe and London Philharmonic Orchestra

Frederick Delius
Romance for Violin and Piano
Violin: Clare Howick
Piano: John Paul Ekins

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major
Reinhard Goebel conducts the Berlin Baroque Soloists

Charles Legh Naylor
The Stranger
Violin: David Milsom
Cello: Liz Hanks
Piano: Christopher Hawkins

Georges Bizet
Carmen Suite No.1
Pablo Gonzales conducts the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto No.1 in C major
Corinne Morris leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from the cello 


Tuesday 21st November – Autumn Releases Part 2

Jane Jones continues Classic FM’s showcase of this autumn’s best new classical releases.

Composer Olafur Arnalds offers reflective Scandi atmosphere with his piece Near Light, performed by Mari Samuelsen and the Trondheim Soloists, and the intricate weaving of Bach’s keyboard writing is given brilliant treatment by Sonya Bach and the English Chamber Orchestra.

A third ‘Bach’, Carl Philipp Emanuel, features with his Cello Concerto performed by Steven Isserlis, and young star Daniil Trifonov teams up with his teacher, Sergei Babayan, to perform Chopin’s exhilarating Rondo in C.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento in D major
Terje Tonnesen leads Camerata Nordica from the violin

Gabriel Faure           
Organ: Robert Bennesh
David Hill conducts Yale Schola Cantorum

Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto in A major
Sonya Bach leads the English Chamber Orchestra from the piano 

Olafur Arnalds
Near Light
Mari Samuelsen directs the Trondheim Soloists from the violin

Richard Wagner
Concert Overture No.1 in D minor
Jun Markl conducts the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Rondo in C major
Piano: Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Cello Concerto in A major
Steven Isserlis leads the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra from the cello

Max Richter
The Leftovers – Departure (Lullaby)
Angele Dubeau leads La Pieta from the violin


Wednesday 22nd November – A Birthday Bash

It’s lucky that all the performers and composers in tonight’s concert weren’t alive at the same time, otherwise buying birthday presents might have been a challenge. Jane Jones presents a programme of individuals who all share the same birthday: today.

Guitarist Milos Karadaglic performs Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un Gentilhombre on the 117th anniversary of the composer’s birth, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and pianist Stephen Hough gives us a celebratory performance of Dvorak’s Piano Concerto on his 57th birthday. There’s also music by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and Benjamin Britten, as we hear his beautiful Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.

Leo Delibes
Coppelia – Mazurka
Kent Nagano conducts the Lyon Opera Orchestra

Joaquin Rodrigo
Fantasia para un Gentilhombre
Guitar: Milos Karadaglic
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
Piano Concerto in G minor
Piano: Stephen Hough
Andris Nelsons conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Sinfonia in D major
Hermann Max conducts Das Kleine Konzert

Benjamin Britten
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Clio Gould conducts the Scottish Ensemble


Thursday 23rd November – Mozart’s Grand Tour of Europe Part 1

Over 250 years ago, Leopold Mozart embarked on an ambitious journey around Europe with one mission: to present his exceptionally talented children to the movers and shakers of the day.

Over the next two nights, Catherine Bott follows the Mozart family on their grand tour, stopping off at the towns they visited along the way, and exploring the musical delights associated with them. Tonight, we join them on their travels from Salzburg to London.

The journey didn’t start well but once on their way, the seven-year-old prodigy in the powdered wig was wowing royalty and commoners alike in Munich, Augsburg and Mainz – before appearing in the town most famous for another musical giant, Beethoven.

A brief spell in Brussels for the Mozarts heralds Flemish Fair, performed by the BRTN Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, before heading to Paris, and the atmospheric music of Saint-Saens. On 23rd April, a weary Wolfgang, along with his father and sister, stepped off their hired boat at Dover and took their first steps on English soil, at the foot of the church where Thomas Tallis was once organist.  

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Terje Tonnesen conducts Camerata Nordica from the violin 

Richard Strauss
Trumpet: Tine Thing Helseth
Eivind Aadland conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Leopold Mozart
Toy Symphony
Yuli Turovsky conducts I Musicidi Montreal

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Serenade Melancolique
Cello: Jan Vogler
Andres Orozco-Estrada conducts the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.1 in C Major
Bernard Haitink conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

Max Bruch
Trumpet: Sergei Nakariakov
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Jan Blockx
Flemish Fair
Alexander Rahbari conducts the BRTN Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels

Camille Saint-Saens
La muse et le poete
Violin: Joshua Bell
Cello: Steven Isserlis
Christoph Eschenbach conducts the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Tallis          
Miserere nostri, Domine
Stile Antico


Friday 24th November – Mozart’s Grand Tour of Europe Part 2

Walk into a pub in Soho in 1764 and you might just have found a young Austrian boy performing keyboard tricks to delighted audiences. This was how Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent his year in London as part of his grand European tour. Tonight, Catherine Bott charts the second half of the Mozart family’s journey, which saw the return leg of their ambitious trip, beginning with the very first symphony Mozart wrote whilst staying in London, in the heart of the city’s theatreland.

The homeward leg took the Mozarts via the Netherlands in a clever marketing move from Leopold, before heading back to Paris – which would become synonymous for producing a wealth of composers, including Maurice Ravel. We’ll hear music by the distinguished composer who praised the boy endlessly in Switzerland, as well as another composer who found acclaim for his work there whilst in exile: Richard Wagner.

Our concert ends as Mozart’s tour did: in Munich. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra accompanies the soprano Arleen Auger in Mozart’s joyous Exsultate Jubilate, which shines brightest among all his works.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.1 in E-flat major
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Richard M. Sherman / Robert B. Sherman
Mary Poppins – Overture
Irwin Kostal conducts a Studio Orchestra

Aram Khachaturian
Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Andre Rieu conducts the Johann Strauss Orchestra

Georges Bizet          
Chants du Rhin
Piano: Jean-Marc Luisada

Maurice Ravel
Leonard Slatkin conducts the Lyon National Orchestra

Andre Gretry
Flute Concerto in C major
Flute: Marc Grauwels
Dimitri Demetriades conducts the European Union Chamber Orchestra

Richard Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra  

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Exsultate Jubilate
Soprano: Arleen Auger
Leonard Bernstein conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra


Monday 27th November – Lost and Found

Musical manuscripts turn up in all sorts of unlikely places. Tonight, Jane Jones features such pieces from the great composers which were once lost, and which laid in obscurity for decades.  

In 2015, a handwritten sheet of manuscript was found in an attic in Connecticut. An eagle-eyed musicologist instantly recognised the scribbles of Beethoven; as such, his King Stephen Overture was found, and subsequently auctioned for $100,000. Other works featured tonight include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.27, the manuscript of which was stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War; Schumann’s Violin Concerto, with its bizarre tale of supernatural spirits; and a fight between Yehudi Menuhin and the Third Reich.

Plus, the music of Domenico Zipoli, which was kept by monks in South America for hundreds of years in a box labelled ‘toilet paper’, and the ‘lost songs’ from one of the UK’s most remote island communities.

Ludwig van Beethoven
King Stephen Overture
Douglas Bostock conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Domenico Zipoli
Gordon Hunt leads the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra from the oboe

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.27 in B-flat major
Piano: Angela Hewitt
Hannu Lintu conducts the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova

Gregorio Allegri
Harry Christophers directs The Sixteen

Robert Schumann
Violin Concerto in D minor Opus Posth
Violin: Joshua Bell
Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the Cleveland Orchestra

Stac Dona
James MacMillan conducts the Scottish Festival Orchestra   


Tuesday 28th November – Making Their Mark

Tonight’s Full Works Concert is all about mighty works which have made their mark on the classical music scene throughout history, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto is a piece which has done just that. Leif Ove Andsnes plays the thundering opening chords with powerful effect to open the concert, accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other triumphant pieces include Mozart’s last symphony, Jupiter, performed by Classic FM’s Artists in Residence under Sir Neville Marriner, and Dvorak’s Symphony No.7, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under renowned Czech conductor Libor Pesek. Star violinist Nicola Benedetti also makes an appearance with Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North West, with a real treat by Saint-Saens.

Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor
Piano: Leif Ove Andsnes
Mariss Jansons conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 

Camille Saint-Saens
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.41 in C major (‘Jupiter’)
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Antonin Dvorak
Symphony No.7 in D minor
Libor Pesek conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra


Wednesday 29th November – Latin American Sun

As the nights draw in and a chill penetrates the air, it’s easy to forget that on the other side of the world, residents of the Southern Hemisphere are gearing up for a long summer of sunshine and warmth.

Tonight, Jane Jones seeks to harness some of that Latin American spirit by featuring music composed there, and performed by some of the brilliant musicians to come from the continent. There are the unmistakable sounds of Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla and his Libertango played by Fionnuala Hunt, and the infectious rhythms of Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No.2, performed by Classic FM’s Orchestra in America, under Brazilian conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

Cellist Sol Gabetta and pianist Gabriella Montero call Argentina and Venezuela home respectively, and delight with works by Vivaldi and Rachamaninov. And the talented YOA Orchestra of the Americas bring the familiar South American flavours of Bernstein’s West Side Story to life under the direction of Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. 

Arturo Marquez
Danzon No.2
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Astor Piazzolla
Fionnuala Hunt leads the RTE Concert Orchestra from the violin

Sergei Rachmaninov           
Piano Concerto No.2
Piano: Gabriela Montero
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the YOA Orchestra of the Americas

Antonio Vivaldi
Cello Concerto in F major
Sol Gabetta leads Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca from the cello

Carlos Lopez Buchardo
Escenas Argentinas
Gabriel Castagna conducts the Symphony Orchestra of Entre Rios

Zequinha Abreu
Tico Tico
Clarinet: Ludmila Peterkova
Piano: Irina Kondratenko

Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the YOA Orchestra of the Americas

Astor Piazzolla
Duo de Amor
12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra       


Thursday 30th November – Keep it in the Family

The business-help website has strong words of advice for aspiring executives: never go into business with friends or family.

Tonight, Classic FM proves that this maxim certainly doesn’t work in the music world, as Catherine Bott presents works performed brilliantly by a mixture of siblings, partners, and parents. On the line up are sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque with Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Two Pianos, and clarinettist Ernst Ottensamer, who performs a charming trio with his two sons, Ernst and Andreas.

Plus, the winning husband/wife combinations of Nikolaus and Alice Harnoncourt, and Daniel Barenboim and Jaqueline du Pre, and two young sisters who are taking France by storm: Camille and Julie Berthollet. They play a haunting melody by Rachmaninov to close a concert of stunning music.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe
Violin: Lisa Batiashvili
Oboe: Francois Leleux
Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra 

Johann Strauss II
Die Fledermaus – Trio (arranged for three clarinets)
Clarinets: Ernst, Andreas and Daniel Ottensamer

Camille Saint-Saens
Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor
Cello: Jacqueline du Pre
Daniel Barenboim conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in C major (‘Alexander’s Feast’)
Violin: Alice Harnoncourt
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Concentus Musicus Wien

Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E major
Pianos: Katia Labeque and Marielle Labeque
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra 

Sergei Rachmaninov
Trio Elegiaque No.1
Violin: Julie Berthollet
Cello: Camille Berthollet
Piano: Guillaume Vincent


Friday 1st December – Music for a Winter’s Night

It’s December: the nights are dark, and the evenings are cold. Classic FM invites you to light the fire, draw the curtains, and settle in with two hours of gentle music to wind away the worries of the week.

Including Finzi’s beautiful Eclogue and Satie’s 3 Gymnopedies, there’s also Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 – with its sublime middle movement – performed by Alfred Brendel and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and a few festive treats to look forward to Christmas. 

Sergei Rachmaninov
Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra

Harold Darke
In the bleak mid-winter
Septura Brass Ensemble

Gerald Finzi
Piano: Mark Bebbington
Howard Williams conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Gabriel Faure

Dolly Suite (arranged for two guitars by Julian Bream)
Guitar: John Williams and Julian Bream

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major (‘Emperor’)
Piano: Alfred Brendel
Simon Rattle conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 

John Rutter
What Sweeter Music            
Stephen Layton conducts the City of London Sinfonia and Polyphony

Antonin Dvorak
Nocturne in B major
Jiri Belohlavek conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Erik Satie
3 Gymnopedies
Piano: Pascal Roge


Monday 4th December

Tonight, Jane Jones presents a concert of Classic FM favourites, beginning with a spirited, fresh recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3, performed by the Baroque specialists, Florilegium.

Gershwin’s Concerto in F was premiered this week in history, in December 1925, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs that very piece tonight, after Classic FM's Orchestra in the Midlands brings some much-needed Italian sunshine with Mendelssohn’s most popular symphony.

There are also festive gems in store from the likes of Howard Blake and the Winchester Cathedral Choir, along with snippets into some of the great composer’s Christmas traditions, with a sneak-peek at their revealing letters.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major
Ashley Solomon conducts Florilegium  

Howard Blake            
The Snowman: Suite
Paavo String Quartet

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.4 in A major - ‘Italian’
Edward Gardner conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’
Organ: James Lancelot
Martin Neary conducts the Winchester Cathedral Choir

Franz Schubert
Notturno in E-flat major
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Piano: Daniil Trifonov

Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso No.8 in G minor (‘Christmas Concerto’)
Trumpet: Alison Balsom
Pavlo Beznosiuk conducts the Academy of Ancient Music

George Gershwin
Concerto in F
Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


Tuesday 5th December

There’s plenty of joy and cheer in tonight’s Full Works Concert, as Arthur Sullivan opens with his overture to The Pirates of Penzance – premiered on Fifth Avenue in December 1879. The keys dance under the fingers of bassoonist Julie Andrews in an upbeat concerto by Mozart, and there are echoes of children playing and singing in Respighi’s Pines of Rome, performed by the Orchestra of the National Academy of St. Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano.

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov provides the festive fair with his suite from The Snow Maiden, after which tonight’s presenter Jane Jones features a great arrangement of I’ll be Home for Christmas, performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony. Plus – an insight into Debussy’s tragic Christmas of 1916, as he wrote “Noël! Noël! The bells are cracked” on the outbreak of World War I. His beautiful suite from Pelleas and Melisande is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. 

Arthur Sullivan
The Pirates of Penzance – Overture
Alexander Faris conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Pirates and HMS Pinafore both premiered in December

Ding Dong Merrily on High
John Rutter conducts the Bach Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major
Bassoon: Julie Andrews
Nicholas Cleobury conducts the Britten Sinfonia

Ottorino Respighi
The Pines of Rome
Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the National Academy of St. Cecilia

Frederic Chopin
Nocturne in E major
Piano: Nikolai Lugansky

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
The Snow Maiden: Suite
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Walter Kent / James Gannon
I’ll be Home for Christmas
Jerry Junkin conducts the Dallas Wind Symphony

Claude Debussy
Pelleas and Melisande – Concert Suite
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 


Wednesday 6th December

This evening, there are visions of Sergei Prokofiev completing sixteen circuits on a frozen lake, as Jane Jones plays his suite from Lieutenant Kije and gives us a glimpse into the composer’s Christmas letters of 1912.

We’ll also enjoy an outstanding, recent recording of the Symphony No.3 by Brahms – a work which received its premiere performance in December 1883. The Voices of Classic FM, The Sixteen, perform In Dulci Jubilo, and Stephen Layton’s Polyphony close the concert with Poulenc’s stunning four motets for Christmas-tide. Presented by Jane Jones.

Vincenzo Bellini
Norma – Overture
Riccardo Chailly conducts La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra

In Dulci Jubilo
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen

Sergei Prokofiev
Lieutenant Kije – Suite
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 

Tomaso Antonio Vitali
Chaconne in G minor
Violin: Sarah Chang
Jun Märkl conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.3 in F major
Thomas Hengelbrock conducts the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

Francis Poulenc
Quatre Motets Pour le Temps de Noël
Stephen Layton conducts Polyphony


Thursday 7th December

Tonight, Classic FM presents a truly celebratory concert from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, on the date they mark 175 years to the day since their very first performance. The man who came to shape the orchestra, arguably more so than any other, opens with his own narration of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, after which we hear the thundering chords of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 – the very first piece to be performed by the orchestra.

Leonard Bernstein continues to delight with festive music from the winning combination of the New York Phil and Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with classics such as The Twelve Days of Christmas and Redner’s O Little Town of Bethlehem. Other conductors who have played a part in the mighty orchestra's history also feature, such as Kurt Masur with Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn, and Dmitri Mitropoulos with Vaughan Williams’ beautiful Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Presented by Catherine Bott.

Sergei Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf
Narrator: Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.5 in C minor
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Dmitri Mitropoulos conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Lewis H. Redner
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Xaver Gruber
Stille Nacht
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Mormon Tabernacle Choir


Friday 8th December

Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival opens tonight’s concert with the unashamed ringing of sleigh bells, before Alison Balsom joins the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra to perform Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

Pianist Peter Froundjian plays a beautiful new discovery of Christmas piano music by composer Selim Palmgren, and Classic FM presenter Catherine Bott delves into the letters of Elgar to discover that he certainly wasn’t short of festive cheer: “I set forth on the longest letter I ever wrote to you... A regular Yule-loggy puddingy, Brandy-saucious letter. It’s Christmas, my boy!”

Leroy Anderson
A Christmas Festival
Ian Sutherland conducts the Iain Sutherland Orchestra

Joseph Haydn
Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
Alison Balsom leads the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra from the trumpet

Selim Palmgren
Piano: Peter Froundjian

Edward Elgar
Violin Concerto in B minor
Violin: Hilary Hahn
Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra 



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