The Full Works Concert: upcoming shows

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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 25th September – The Mighty LSO: Part One

September 2017 is an immense month for the London Symphony Orchestra, as they welcome one of the most enigmatic conductors of the 21st century to take up the role of Music Director. Sir Simon Rattle’s return to the UK is hailed as one of the most significant moments in this year’s classical calendar, and Classic FM has been at the centre of the ‘This is Rattle’ celebrations, with a host of exclusive interviews and videos making up LSO Week on Classic FM.

Tonight’s showstopper is perhaps the most fitting piece for a celebration of unity and strength: Beethoven’s epic Symphony No.9 (‘Choral’), in a live recording from 2006, which was widely acclaimed for bringing a remarkably fresh voice to the work. The man responsible was Bernard Haitink, and the orchestra and soloists jump to his baton is this remarkable performance. There’s also Richard Harvey’s Concerto Antico for Guitar and Orchestra performed by the legendary guitarist John Williams, and an opening piece fit to herald the return of any musical wizard to London.

John Williams
The Wizard of Oz: Fantasy for Orchestra

John Williams conducts the London Symphony Orchestra         

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.9 in D minor (‘Choral’)

Soloists: Gerald Finley, Karen Cargill, Twyla Robinson
Bernard Haitink conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Richard Harvey
Concerto Antico for Guitar and Small Orchestra

Guitar: John Williams
Paul Daniel conducts the London Symphony Orchestra


Tuesday 26th September – The Mighty LSO: Part 2

In the second concert celebrating Classic FM’s Orchestra in the City of London, Jane Jones promises another epic work from the London Symphony Orchestra: Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2 (‘Hymn of Praise’).

The triumphant climax, with its familiar hymn-tune, has opened many ears to Mendelssohn’s music,andhearingitamidstathunderingorchestraafteritsgradual build is sure to deliver a memorable moment. The orchestra is conducted by Claudio Abbado, before which Joshua Bell casts his spell with Gershwin’s fantasy on Porgy and Bess.

To close the concert, we hear another conductor who is regularly invited to conduct the orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano, with a beautifully atmospheric orchestral work from Puccini.  

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

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.2 in B-flat major (‘Hymn of Praise’)
Soloists: Elizabeth Connell, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Karita Mattila
Claudio Abbado conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus  

Giacomo Puccini
Antonio Pappano conducts the London Symphony Orchestra   


Wednesday 27th September – The Mighty LSO: Part 3

Jane Jones continues Classic FM’s week-long celebration of the London Symphony Orchestra – and tonight’s concert includes an outstanding recording of Smetana’s Ma Vlast

The work is made up of six symphonic poems – the second of which, Vltava, is a beautiful, evocative musical painting of the rolling river that passes through the city of Prague. Colin Davis brings out the ebbing and flowing woodwind passages dancing alongside the persistent, driving strings, creating a wonderful sense of movement along various parts of the river.

We’ll also hear a piece by Mozart which has become a staple part of any clarinettist’s repertoire: the Clarinet Concerto. Jack Brymer is the soloist, playing alongside the LSO, which demonstrates it can easily tackle the lightness of touch that Mozart requires – as well as mighty works of the 20th century.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Concerto in A major
Clarinet: Jack Brymer
Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

Bedrich Smetana
Ma Vlast
Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  


Thursday 28th September – The Mighty LSO: Part 4

Catherine Bott takes charge to champion Classic FM’s Orchestra in the City of London, this LSO Week on Classic FM.

After Brahms’s Tragic Overture conducted by Bernard Haitink, the LSO plays a touching melody from Tchaikovsky. It’s then time for the centrepiece of the concert, as she features Valery Gergiev’s highly-praised recording of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The work was revolutionary in its ability to take its listeners on a very real journey, where you can practically visualize all the details of what’s going on from the way the music evokes events and the feelings of the main character.

To finish, one of the world’s most successful living composers, Sir Karl Jenkins, conducts the LSO in his own playful work, Sarikiz – a concerto for violin and orchestra.

Johannes Brahms
Tragic Overture
Bernard Haitink conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Richard Bonynge conducts the London Symphony Orchestra   

Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique
Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

George Butterworth
The Banks of Green Willow
Richard Hickox conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

Karl Jenkins
Sarikiz – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Violin: Marat Bisengaliev
Karl Jenkins conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  


Friday 29th September – The Mighty LSO: Part 5

In the last instalment of LSO Week on Classic FM, Catherine Bott closes with the orchestra’s treatment of two giants of the classical world: Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

Beethoven’s youthful Piano Concerto No.2 is played by Russian prodigy Evgeny Kissin under Colin Davis, before a landmark recording of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed as part of the anniversary marking 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death.

Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture in 1827 aged 17, after reading a German translation of the play. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and quickly became a popular favourite throughout Europe. Years later, he was asked by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production: 14 short works based on themes and moods from the original overture, with a broadly romantic sound – although classical in style and structure. It is that which we hear tonight.

The concert closes with a nod towards the LSO’s remarkable recorded film catalogue, and music which topped the Ultimate Classic FM Chart last month: James Horner’s Titanic Suite.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major
Piano: Evgeny Kissin

Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

James Horner
Titanic: Suite

James Horner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Choristers of King’s College, Cambridge  


Monday 2nd October: You might not know the name, but you’ll know the music

If you’ve been to the cinema recently, you might have seen a new advert for Classic FM, demonstrating that whilst you might not know the names of many classical pieces, you’ll definitely recognise the music.

Tonight, Jane Jones puts that theory to the test, as she features a concert that’s packed with recognisable tunes. Proceedings open with the ‘hotel-lobby-full-of-sparkling-jewels’ quintet from Boccherini, followed by Delibes’ ‘bloody-mary-at-30,000-feet’ Flower Duet, made famous in the British Airways adverts. There’s also a powerful piece to conjure aerial images of the City of London and Lord Sugar in a fabricated boardroom,alongwitharip through the deserts of Western America on horseback.

The concert also includes a beautiful recording of Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, the tune of which will be familiar to many as one of the Church of England’s most touching hymns.

Luigi Boccherini
String Quintet in E major
Richard Lester leads the Vanbrugh String Quartet

Leo Delibes
Flower Duet
Sopranos: Karine Deshayes and Patricia Petibon
Yves Abel conducts the Lyon Opera Orchestra

Johann Strauss Junior
By the Beautiful Blue Danube
Georges Pretre conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Ennio Morricone
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Main Theme
Ennio Morricone conducts the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C-sharp minor
Piano: Lang Lang

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
William Boughton conducts the English String Orchestra

Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet (highlights)
Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Tuesday 3rd October: Celebrating the Royal Philharmonic Society

Throughout 2017, seven exceptional young composers have been busy writing brand new pieces, to celebrate the 25th birthday of Classic FM. Tonight, Jane Jones shines a spotlight on the organisation which made the whole project possible: the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Founded in 1813, the RPS has a distinguished history, and there’s no shortage of big names on the roster, as we hear music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn – all of whom have had direct links with the commissioning body. The RPS invited Beethoven to premiere his first piano concerto in the UK in 1820, establishing a connection which would lead to the commissioning of his famous Symphony No.9, and we hear a stunning recording of that very piano concerto, performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

The RPS’s first honorary member, Carl Maria von Weber, opens the concert with an invitation to dance, and we hear the work of the RPS Gold Medal’s latest recipient, Charles Dutoit, as he leads the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. There’s also a chance to hear the very piece commissioned for Classic FM’s 25th birthday concert in Liverpool last month: Dani Howard’s Argentum.

Carl Maria von Weber
Invitation to the Dance
Richard Bonynge conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major
Piano: Daniel Barenboim
Otto Klemperer conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture
Charles Dutoit conducts the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.1 in C minor
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra 

Dani Howard
Michael Seal conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra


Wednesday 4th October: Old favourites and new discoveries

Jane Jones invites you to join her for two hours of sublime classical music this Wednesday evening. She has firm favourites, and new discoveries,fromthegreatsoftheclassicalworldlinedup, beginning with Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, performed by Nigel Kennedy and Daniel Stabrawa,wholeadtheBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra with gusto.

There’s also a chance to enjoy Brahms’ haunting Serenade No.1 performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Grieg’s less-often heard Symphonic Dances, with its echoes of Norway’s folk dances passing through the orchestra. The concert closes with a reflective performance of Finzi’s beautiful Eclogue, performed by Mark Bebbington and Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Midlands, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins
Nigel Kennedy and Daniel Stabrawa lead the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from the violin

Edvard Grieg
Symphonic Dances
Paavo Jarvi conducts the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Serenade No.1 in D major
Bernard Haitink conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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

Thursday 5th October: World Ballet Day

Today is World Ballet Day and, across the globe, ballet companies are opening up their rehearsal rooms and studios to give members of the public a unique insight into their world. Tonight, Catherine Bott keeps the celebrations going on Classic FM, as she invites listeners to enjoy some of the greatest music associated with the craft.

From Delibes’ Coppelia to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, we’ll enjoy a number of ballet classics that have become loved throughout history.  But there’s also a chance to encouter some lesser-heard but beautiful music, such as Cesar Franck’s Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, which was beautifully set to dance by Frederick Ashton in 1946.

Ferdinand Herold
La Fille Mal Gardee – Clog Dance
Barry Wordsworth conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Aram Khachaturian
Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake – Suite
Alexander Lazarev conducts the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra

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

Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre

Cesar Franck
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra
Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Charles Dutoit conducts the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande

Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella Suite
Alexander Janiczek conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Aaron Copland
Appalachian Spring
Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra 


Friday 6th October: Coming to a cinema near you

This weekend, one of the greatest opera houses in the world opens its doors for the 2017/18 season, and this year members of the public here in the UK will be able to experience productions from New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, streamed live in their local cinema.

Tonight, Catherine Bott looks ahead to what’s in store at the MET. With a brilliant line-up of productions including Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and performers of the calibre of superstar Joyce Di Donato, there’s certainly a lot to look forward to. We’ll also hear the MET’s superb orchestra perform in a number of recordings, including a live overture from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and powerful music by Wagner from Parsifal. Catherine also shines a light on some of the unsurpassed musical directors to have taken the helm.

Plus – don’t miss a brilliant recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 (‘Pathetique’) from the man who’s the MET’s Music Director Designate: Yannick Nezet-Seguin. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Magic Flute – Overture
Josef Krips conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Pietro Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo
The Brass Section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.6 in B minor
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic
Yannick is Music Director Designate of the MET 

Richard Wagner
Parsifal – Good Friday Music
James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition

Valery Gergiev conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

George Frideric Handel
‘Lascia ch’io pianga’

Soprano: Joyce DiDonato
Maxim Emelyanychev conduct Il Pomo d’Oro

Monday 9th October – St Paul’s Cathedral: A Beacon of Hope

On 9th October 1940, during one of the heaviest attacks on London during the Battle of Britain, a Luftwaffe bomb pierced the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, leaving its High Altar in ruin. The damage was quickly repaired, and miraculously the magnificent building escaped any further attack. It became a symbol of strength and hope for the war effort – and tonight, Jane Jones pays musical tribute to one of the nation’s mosttreasuredbuildingswhichwas so nearly lost on this day in history.

We’ll hear music inspired by the great monument, as well as works written by composers who can be found buried in the crypt. Such names vary from Baroque composer Jeremiah Clarke to Light Music legend Arthur Sullivan, and not forgetting the bastion of British music Charles Hubert Parry: don’t miss his beautiful Symphony No.1, performed by the English Symphony Orchestra.

In 1792 Joseph Haydn paid a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral for their annual Children’s Service. After hearing 4,000 children sing in unison he wrote: “No music moved me so greatly in my whole life as this, full of devotion and innocence … I stood there, under the dome, and wept like a child”. Shortly after, whilst still in London, he wrote his Symphony 97, whose hymn-like theme may well be an echo of this touching moment for the composer.     

Jeremiah Clarke
The Prince of Denmark’s March
Trumpet: Wynton Marsalis
Anthony Newman conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Gustav Holst
St. Paul’s Suite
Richard Hickox conducts the City of London Sinfonia

Felix Mendelssohn
‘O For the Wings of a Dove’
Treble: Jeremy Budd
Organ: Andrew Lucas
John Scott conducts the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral  

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.97 in C major
Howard Shelley conducts the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland

Arthur Sullivan
Victoria and Merrie England: Suite No.1
Royston Nash conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Hubert Parry
Symphony No.1 in G major

William Boughton conducts the English Symphony Orchestra


Tuesday 10th October – Verdi: The Man Revealed

The Italian opera-legend Giuseppe Verdi was born on this day in 1813 – and to mark the occasion, Jane Jones delves into Classic FM presenter John Suchet’s latest book: Verdi – The Man Revealed to showcase musical moments from the composer’s extraordinary life.

We’ll learn about the man himself, who rose from humble beginnings to become an all-out superstar in his homeland. To take us straight to the golden opera houses of Italy, Jane chooses recordings from the likes of Milan’s La Scala Opera House, and the Parma Opera Orchestra.

With classics from some of Verdi’s most iconic operas, to composers he admired and who loved him in return, the evening promises to offer a fascinating journey into the life of a truly remarkable man.

Giuseppe Verdi
Aida – Grand March
Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major
Violin: Salvatore Accardo
Carol Maria Giulini conducts the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra

Giuseppe Verdi
La Forza del Destino – Overture
Riccardo Chailly conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra

Pietro Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana – Easter Hymn
Soprano: Lesley Garrett
Ivor Bolton conducts the Britten Sinfonia

Vincenzo Bellini
Norma – Sinfonia
Riccardo Chailly conducts the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra

Giuseppe Verdi
‘La donna e mobile’
Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann
Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts the Parma Opera Orchestra

Giuseppe Verdi
Variations for Oboe and Orchestra
Oboe: Alessandro Potenza
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan

Richard Wagner
Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
Jose Serbrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Wednesday 11th October – Higher Powers

Much of the Western canon of classical music was written out of necessity for the Church calendar, but tonight Jane Jones features a concert of composers who credited their own personal faith as the sole inspiration for the music they wrote.

In the centrepiece of the concert is a complete recording of Dvorak’s eighth symphony, whose cheerful optimism is a reflection of the composer’s profound faith and patriotism. The concert opens with the celestial music of J.S. Bach, who autographed most of his works ‘Soli Deo Gloria’: To the glory of God alone. His Brandenburg Concerto No.3 – whilst not a religious work as such – was extraordinarily unusual for its time: the scoring for three violins, three violas and three cellos has been argued to symbolise the Holy Trinity.   

Charles Gounod certainly believed that Bach gave access to a higher being, commenting that ‘next to God is only the great master, J.S. Bach’, and his setting of ‘Ave Maria’ certainly demonstrates this. Cellist Natalie Clein plays  Schubert’s achingly beautiful Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, whose many rising arpeggios provide a positive and satisfying end to a composition that has reflected the whole range of human experience.

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

Charles Gounod / Johann Sebastian Bach
Ave Maria
Soloist: Kiri Te Kanawa
Julius Rudel conducts the Utah Symphony Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
Symphony No.8 in G major
Libor Pesek conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Arpeggione Sonata in A minor
Cello: Natalie Clein
Piano: Charles Owen

Edward Elgar
In the South (Alassio)
Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Anton Bruckner
Locus Iste

John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir


Thursday 12th October – 60 Years of The Light Music Society

The Light Music Societywas founded60 years ago this year, and since day one it has tirelessly promoted and championed Light Music throughout the world. Tonight, Catherine Bott champions this important body by featuring two hours of music by composers who have had connections with the Society and helped make it grow into the organisation it is today.

There are delightful works from past Presidents, including Eric Coates and Sir Arthur Bliss, and distinguished members in whose number are Ron Goodwin and Haydn Wood. In a concert full of hummable tunes and music that’ll put a spring in your step,

Catherine also features pieces by familiar orchestral composers who tried their hand at composing lighter music for the concert hall. These include Gustav Holst, whose Moorside Suite is performed by Gavin Sutherland and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and George Gershwin’s jazz-infused Concerto in F, played brilliantly by Xiayin Wang, accompanied by Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Ron Goodwin
633 Squadron – Main Theme

Squadron Leader Matthew Little conducts the Central Band of the Royal Air Force

Eric Coates
Three Elizabeths Suite

Reginald Kilbey conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Arthur Bliss
Things to Come – March

Arthur Bliss conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs

Ronald Corp conducts the New London Orchestra

George Gershwin
Concerto in F

Piano: Xiayin Wang
Peter Oundjian conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra  

Haydn Wood
Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace conducts the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines

Gustav Holst
A Moorside Suite

Gavin Sutherland conducts the Royal Ballet Sinfonia

Percy Grainger
Handel in the Strand

Kenneth Montgomery conducts the Bournemouth Sinfonietta

Emile Waldteufel
Les Patineurs
Ronald Corp conducts the New London Orchestra 


Friday 13th October – Very Superstious

Tonight, on Friday 13th, Catherine Bott exposes the numerous – and often bizarre – superstitions that haunted the lives of many of the great composers.

She begins with the great opera composer Rossini, who, like many Italians at the time, was terrified of the number 13. That he died on Friday 13th was seen as more than just bad luck – but a sign from the devil at the time. He wasn’t the only opera composer to be affected by superstition, however: Verdi, whilst not superstitious himself, was considered to be cursed by the people of Naples. Before the premiere of Luisa Miller, he was alarmed to find a group of guards following him round the city, protecting him against any evil. Other composers with a superstitious inkling include Manuel de Falla, who had a horror of draughts and believed that the full moon was harmful to him, and Tchaikovsky, whose observance of his morning walk was pedantic to the point of obsession, believing if he returned five minutes earlier, he would fall ill.

There’s also the question of the cursed ninth symphony to ponder, courtesy of Dvorak’s ‘New World’, performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, and a clarinet concerto by Weber, who wasn’t so much hit by superstition but by sheer bad luck, after mistaking a jug of nitric acid for wine.

Gioachino Rossini
William Tell – Overture
Antonio Pappano conducts the National Academy of St. Cecilia Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
Symphony No.9 in E minor (‘From the New World’)
Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Manuel de Falla
Spanish Dance No.1

Violin: Joshua Bell
Piano: Samuel Sanders

Giuseppe Verdi
Luisa Miller – Sinfonia

Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

Carl Maria von Weber
Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E-flat major

Clarinet: Martin Frost
Jean-Jaques Kantorow conducts the Tapiola Sinfonietta

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Capriccio Italien

Leonard Slatkin conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra


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