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. 

Wednesday 24th January: Great Composers Month – Tchaikovsky

It’s Tchaikovsky’s turn to take centre stage tonight, as Jane Jones presents two hours of his best-loved works.

In a concert spanning all degrees of emotion, there’s his Piano Concerto No.1 performed by superstar pianist Lang Lang, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5, with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Maxim Vengerov treats us to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade Melancolique, and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra perform his Capriccio Italien with gusto.

Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Opus 23
Piano: Lang Lang
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Serenade Melancolique Opus 26
Violin: Maxim Vengerov
Mstislav Rostropovich conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No.5 in E minor Opus 64
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Capriccio Italien Opus 45
Mariss Jansons conducts the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Thursday 25th January: Great Composers Month – Handel

A true giant of the Baroque era – George Frideric Handel – is man of the moment tonight on Classic FM, as Catherine Bott presents two hours of his musical works.

There’s fresh, crisp playing from the City of London Sinfonia and Boston Baroque in pieces such as his Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Concerto Grosso in A major, and outstanding singers including Renee Fleming and Cecilia Bartoli performing some of his most touching arias.

Handel’s works truly stand the test of time, and are highly adaptable, as heard in Alison Balsom’s transcription of the Oboe Concerto No.1, and Handel’s delightful The Harmonious Blacksmith, performed on the piano by Murray Perahia.

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Andrew Watkinson conducts the City of London Sinfonia

‘Ombra maifu’
Soprano: Renee Fleming
Harry Bicket leads the English Concert from the Harpsichord

Water Music Suite No.1 in F major
Roger Norrington conducts the London Classical Players

Suite No.5 in E major (‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’)
Piano: Murray Perahia

Organ Concerto in F major HWV.295
Organ: Simon Preston
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Concerto Grosso in A major Opus 6 No.11
Martin Pearlman directs Boston Baroque

Sarabande
Piano: Luc Beausejour

Oboe Concerto No.1 in B-flat major HWV.301
Trumpet: Alison Balsom
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Trio Sonata in G minor Opus 5 No.5
The Brook Street Band

‘Lascia ch’io pianga’
Soprano: Cecilia Bartoli
Christopher Hogwood conducts the Academy of Ancient Music

 

Friday 26th January: Great Composers Month – Faure

Join Catherine Bott as she invites you to escape with two hours of evocative music by Gabriel Faure, this Great Composers Month on Classic FM.

From the ethereal orchestral writing heard in his Pelleas and Melisande Suite, to his tender piano music, there’s an evening of familiar sounds and new discoveries to enjoy.

The centrepiece of tonight’s concert is a stunning performance of Faure’s most well-known work, the Requiem, performed by chamber choir Tenebrae and the London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble.

Pavane Opus 50
Howard Shelley conducts the Vasteras Sinfonietta

Requiem Opus 48
Soloists: Grace Davidson, Gordan Nikolitch
Nigel Short conducts the London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble and Tenebrae

Berceuse Opus 16
Cello: Andreas Brantelid
Piano: Bengt Forsberg

Pelleas and Melisande Suite Opus 80
Robin Ticciati conducts the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin

Nocturne No.1 in E-flat minor Opus 33
Piano: Charles Owen

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

Masques et Bergamasques Opus 112
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields    

Ballade for Piano and Orchestra Opus 19
Piano: Robert Casadesus
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Monday 29th January: Great Composers Month – Schubert

There are three composers left to celebrate in Great Composers Month on Classic FM, and tonight it’s the turn of Franz Schubert, with some of the best-known works he wrote in the 19th century.

In his Symphony No.5, Schubert skilfully pays homage to the great masters who came before him – namely Mozart and Haydn – and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields brings out the delicate melodies and nuances perfectly tonight. The great Luciano Pavarotti sings Schubert’s beautiful Ave Maria and the Leopold String Quartet is joined by pianist Paul Lewis to demonstrate Schubert’s expert chamber writing. Presented by Jane Jones.

Symphony No.5 in B-flat major D.485
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Ave Maria D.839
Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti
Kurt Herbert Adler conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra

Piano Quintet in A major D.667 (‘Trout’)
Piano: Paul Lewis
Double Bass: Graham Mitchell
The Leopold String Quartet

Five German Dances
Parnassus Ensemble of London

Notturno in E-flat major D.897
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Viola: Maximilian Hornung
Piano: Daniil Trifonov

An Die Musik D.547 (arranged for orchestra by Max Reger)
Bass-baritone: Thomas Quasthoff
Claudio Abbado conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Impromptu in G-flat major D.899 No.3 Opus 90
Piano: Maria João Pires

 

Tuesday 30th January: Great Composers Month – Saint-Saens

French composer Camille Saint-Saens takes centre stage tonight on Great Composers Month on Classic FM. Presenter Jane Jones plays his epic Symphony No.3 (‘Organ’) performed by Michael Matthes and the Bastille Opera Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung, and a firm family favourite: Carnival of the Animals, narrated by Alexander Armstrong as he joins the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

There’s also the thrilling Danse Macabre and Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No.2, performed by Stephen Hough and Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Midlands, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Violin: Maxim Vengerov
Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Opus 22
Piano: Stephen Hough
Stephen Hough conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Danse Macabre Opus 40
Kent Nagano conducts the Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Carnival of the Animals
Narrator: Alexander Armstong
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No.3 in C minor Opus 78 (‘Organ’)
Organ: Michael Matthes
Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Bastille Opera Orchestra

 

Wednesday 31st January: Great Composers Month – Bach

The undisputed father of the Baroque era, Johann Sebastian Bach, is the last of the great composers to feature in Classic FM’s month-long celebration, and there’s no music more joyous than the rising brass fanfares of his Magnificat in D to close the series. Paul McCreesh directs the Gabrieli Consort and Players in a stunning performance. Before that, presenter Jane Jones features Murray Perahia’s highly acclaimed recording of Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D minor.

There’s a host of other favourites to enjoy, such as the Violin Concerto in E performed by Alina Ibragimova and a winning collaboration of The Piano Guys and the King’s Singers who come together to perform O Little One Sweet.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV.565
Organ: Simon Preston

Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major BWV.1046
Pablo Valetti conducts Cafe Zimmerman

Flute Sonata in E-flat major BWV.1031
Flute: Marina Piccinini
The Brasil Guitar Duo: João Luiz, Douglas Lora

Keyboard Concerto in D minor BWV.1052
Murray Perahia leads the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano

Magnificat in D major BWV.243
Soloists: Julia Gooding, Kimberly McCord, Robin Blaze, Paul Agnew, Neal Davies
Paul McCreesh directs the Gabrieli Consort and Players

Violin Concerto in E major BWV.1042
Violin: Alina Ibragimova
Jonathan Cohen conducts Arcangelo

Prelude in E minor BWV.938
Piano: Glenn Gould

O Little One Sweet BWV 493
The Piano Guys and King’s Singers

 

Thursday 1st February: The Great Composers Together

After a month exploring the works of great composers on Classic FM, Catherine Bott looks back tonight on the individuals that featured and explores how they interacted – and inspired – one and other.

There’s Beethoven, who was a huge admirer of Mozart’s: his Piano Concerto No.3 was inspired by the Austrian composer’s Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor. Vladimir Ashkenazy performs Beethoven’s remodelled version tonight accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mozart himself was indebted to his teacher Haydn, and the Amadeus String Quartet play one of the many pieces dedicated to him. Other composers to feature are Vaughan Williams and Holst, who enjoyed a close friendship. Nicholas Daniel directs the Brillen Sinfonia in a beautiful recording of Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto.

Johannes Brahms
Tragic Overture Opus 81
Bernard Haitink conducts the London Symphony Orchestra 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Opus 37
Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet in B-flat major K.458
Amadeus String Quartet

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Oboe Concerto
Nicholas Daniel leads the Britten Sinfonia from the oboe

Gustav Holst
Invocation
Cello: Julian Lloyd Webber
Vernon Hadley conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

 

Friday 2nd February: Groundhog Day

Originally a significant in Punxsutawney, Philadelphia, the 2nd February has become known throughout the world as ‘Groundhog Day’, thanks to the release of the 1992 comedy with the same name, where an unsuspecting weatherman is subject to a never-ending day of repetition.  

Tonight, Catherine Bott pays her own musical homage to the film Groundhog Day by featuring pieces that all have a familiar reoccurring musical theme – such as Mozart’s beautiful Clarinet Quintet. Schubert’s popular Symphony No.8 (‘Unfinished’) contains a ghostly tune that appears throughout its central section before resolving at its climax, whilst the genius writing of Bach’s St Anne fugue gradually brings three motifs together and repeats them altogether in an explosion of colour.

Other examples of Groundhog Day-style repetition include the perseverance of the snare drum in Ravel’s Bolero, and the haunting repeated piano arpeggios in Arvo Part’s beautiful Spiegel im Spiegel.

Maurice Ravel
Bolero
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.8 in B minor D.759
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Quintet in A major K.581
Andrew Marriner leads the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major BWV.552 (‘St Anne’)
Leonard Slatkin conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Henry Purcell
‘Fairest Isle’
Soprano: Andrea Haines
Les Inventiones

Arvo Part
Spiegel im Spiegel
Violin: Ian Belton
Piano: Sophie Harris

 

Monday 5th February - Need a Lift: Part 1

Jane Jones presents two hours of uplifting classical works to remind us that although it’s still winter, spring is on the way. The concert opens with Stravinsky’s cheerful Pulcinella Suite, after which the infectious sounds of Mozart provide cheerful optimism.

Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No.2 is bound to put a spring in the step, and Bizet’s Chants du Rhin, which depicts the Rhine happily bubbling along, are performed by pianist Jean-Marc Luisada.

Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella Suite
Christopher Hogwood conducts the Basel Chamber Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major
Nicholas Cleobury conducts the Britten Sinfonia

Dmitri Shostakovich
Jazz Suite No.2
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Georges Bizet
Chants du Rhin (Songs of the Rhine)
Piano: Jean-Marc Luisada

William Walton
Crown Imperial
Louis Fremaux conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  

 

Tuesday 6th February – Need a Lift: Part 2

Classic FM continues to spread feel-good cheer as Jane Jones presents a concert of uplifting full works, including Mendelssohn’s triumphant Symphony No.5 (‘Reformation’), performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who celebrates his 75th birthday later this year.

Paul Lewis’ fingers dance across the piano in his performance of Beethoven’s ‘Waldstein’ sonata, and Hummel’s joyful Trumpet Concerto is performed by Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra with Jeffrey Segal as soloist. The concert closes with Shostakovich’s beautiful Romance from The Gadfly, which sings of optimism and love.

Mikhail Glinka
Russlan and Ludmilla – Overture
David Zinman conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.5 in D major Opus 107 (‘Reformation’)
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.21 in C major Opus 53 (‘Waldstein’)
Piano: Paul Lewis

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Mlada: Suite
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra  

Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
Trumpet: Jeffrey Segal
David Zinman conducts the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich

Dmitri Shostakovich
The Gadfly – Romance
Violin: Chloe Hanslip
Paul Mann conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

 

Wednesday 7th February – Classic FM Favourites

Classic FM’s Jane Jones hosts two hours of Classic FM favourites, presented in their entirety, beginning with the cannon and drama of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

World-renowned violinist Gidon Kremer performs Beethoven’s beautiful Violin Concerto with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and we hear Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre performed by Milos           Karadaglic. The concert closes with Schubert’s evocative Arpeggione Sonata – a real favourite on Smooth Classics at 7 – performed in a beautiful arrangement for cello and piano.

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture Opus 49
Antonio Pappano conducts the National Academy of St Cecilia

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major Opus 61
Violin: Gidon Kremer
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe  

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

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

 

Thursday 8th February - Taken Too Soon: Part 1

Over the next two nights, Catherine Bott presents full works written by composers who met their deaths too early in life, beginning with Georges Bizet, who died in his 30s. Les Musiciens du Louvre perform his L’Arlesienne Suite No.1, after which we hear Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 with pianist Daniil Trifonov at the keyboard.

Chopin’s pulmonary tuberculosis stopped him from seeing his 40th birthday, and a similar fate was met by Baroque composer Pergolesi in 1736. Sir             James Galway plays his Flute Concerto in G major, and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No.2 closes the concert, as Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Georges Bizet
L’Arlesienne Suite No.1
Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre

Frederic Chopin
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Opus 21
Piano: Daniil Trifonov
Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Flute Concerto in G major
Flute: James Galway
Claudio Scimone conducts I Solisti Veneti

Robert Schumann
Symphony No.2 in C major Opus 61
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

 

Friday 9th February – Taken Too Song: Part 2

Among the featured composers tonight are Mussorgsky, who died just one week short of his 42nd birthday, and Schubert, who was haunted by demonic visions right up to his death at the age of 31.

Catherine Bott plays their Pictures at an Exhibition and Symphony No.6, before which we hear perhaps the most famous composer to have died in his 30s: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Roger Montgomery plays his Horn Concerto No.3 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the concert closes with Purcell’s atmospheric Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, performed by the Voices of Classic FM, The Sixteen, and the Symphony of Harmony and Invention under Harry Christophers.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Horn Concerto No.3 in E-flat major
Horn: Roger Montgomery  
Margaret Faultless conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.6 in C major (‘The Little’)
Claudio Abbado conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Valery Gergiev conducts the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Henry Purcell
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
Harry Christophers directs the Symphony of Harmony and Invention and The Sixteen

 

Monday 12th February – A Tendency to Travel

With many people already looking forward to summer – and taking advantage of advance travel deals – Jane Jones presents a concert of composers who caught the travelling bug, and were inspired by the countries they visited.

One such composer was Franz Liszt, whose tour to Spain and Portugal in 1845 fuelled the fiery writing in his Rhapsodie Espagnole, performed tonight by Murray Perahia. 

Tchaikovsky wrote his hugely popular Violin Concerto whilst at his favourite retreat in Switzerland, and the moody landscape of the Inner Hebrides is captured brilliantly by Felix Mendelssohn, after his holiday to Scotland in 1829. Saint-Saens found similar inspiration in the colours and rolling plains of Africa, and there’s a symphony by Haydn which doubled as his return ticket: he was desperate to return home after a lengthy time away.

Felix Mendelssohn
Hebrides Overture Opus 26 (‘Fingal’s Cave’)
Christian Thielemann conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major Opus 35
Violin: Joshua Bell
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.45 in F-sharp minor (‘Farewell’)
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Camille Saint-Saens
Africa – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Piano: Stephen Hough
Sakari Oramo conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Emmanuel Chabrier
Espana
Arthur Fiedler conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

Franz Liszt
Rhapsodie Espagnole
Piano: Murray Perahia

 

Tuesday 13th February – Made in America

Tonight’s concert features composers who found fame across the pond, making it big in the land of opportunity.

Such individuals to have been welcomed to the USA include Rachmaninov, who premiered his third piano concerto in New York in 1909. Although written in Russia, the composer only had time to practice the work on a silent piano whilst en route to the States. Erich Korngold fled Austria in 1934 to escape the rising Nazi regime, setting himself up in Hollywood. Nicola Benedetti plays his Violin Concerto – with all its golden harmonies, worthy of a lavish Hollywood film score.

Presenter Jane Jones also shines a spotlight on the little-known composer Anthony Philip Heinrich, who was known as ‘the American Beethoven’ after he moved Stateside from Bohemia in the late 18th century, and Dvorak gives a real flavour of American life with his String Quartet No.12, performed by the Sacconi Quartet.

John Stafford Smith (arr. Igor Stravinsky)
The Star Spangled Banner
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the London Symphony Orchestra  

Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Opus 30
Piano: Simon Trpceski
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
String Quartet No.12 in F major Opus 96 (‘American’)
Sacconi Quartet

Anthony Philip Heinrich
The Laurel Waltz
Piano: Ivan Davis

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Violin Concerto in D major Opus 35
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

 

Wednesday 14th February – Valentine’s Day

Classic FM presenter Jane Jones plays the perfect selection of music this Valentine’s evening.

Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano reflect the emotions of a complex relationship, from melancholic tenderness to fiery passion and joy, and there’s a chance to hear Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini  – one of the most heartfelt musical expressions of nostalgia and tenderness written in the 20th century.

The centrepiece of tonight’s concert is Mahler’s Symphony No.5, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. The enigmatic conductor brings out expressions of ”overflowing torrents of love and counterpoint” in the symphony’s most famous passages, including the fifth movement, written during Mahler’s courtship and marriage to Alma Schindler.

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

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No.5 in C-sharp minor
Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 

Robert Schumann
Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano Opus 73
Cello: Mischa Maisky
Piano: Martha Argerich

 

Thursday 15th February – Not So Lucky In Love

Regardless of how hard they may have tried on Valentine’s Day, the composers in tonight’s concert were not ones to count themselves lucky in love. Berlioz, infatuated with actress Harriet Smithson, wrote his Symphonie Fantastique as an epic expression of his unrequited love. It half worked, as the pair did eventually marry – but with disastrous results.

Brahms had a similar experience of unrequited love with the wife of his great friend Robert Schumann. His Serenade No.2 is dedicated to Clara, and performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Bernard Haitink. We may never know who Beethoven’s ‘immortal beloved’ really was, but some scholars claim it may be Teréz Brunszvik, who his Piano Sonata No.24 is dedicated to. To close the concert, presenter Catherine Bott tells the scandalous tale of Gounod’s messy affair with his English patron, and plays the piece she adopted as her own.

Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique Opus 14
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.24 in F-sharp major Opus 78 (‘For Theresa’)
Piano: Angela Hewitt

Johannes Brahms
Serenade No.2 in A major Opus 16
Bernard Haitink conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Charles Gounod
Funeral March of a Marionette
Ronald Corp conducts the New London Orchestra

 

Friday 16th February – Family Classics

With thousands of schoolchildren enjoying half term this week or next across the UK, Catherine Bott presents the perfect opportunity to gather the whole family round for an evening of entertaining and familiar classics.

In a concert to appeal to all ages, there are great tunes from Bizet’s Carmen, and a surprise or two from the grandfather of the musical joke, Haydn. The fun continues with Leroy Anderson’s terrific Plink, Plank, Plunk! and Grieg’s magical Peer Gynt Suite No.2 is performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under their long-time enigmatic conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Plus – Robert Schumann’s musical depiction of his own scenes from childhood are played by pianist Maria-João Pires, and there are further excuses to get up and dance with Copland’s music from his ballet, Rodeo.

Georges Bizet
Carmen Suite
Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Bastille Opera House

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.94 in G major (‘Surprise’)
Howard Shelley conducts the Swiss-Italian Orchestra

Robert Schumann
Kinderszenen Opus 15
Piano: Maria-João Pires

Edvard Grieg
Peer Gynt Suite No.2
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Leroy Anderson
Plink, Plank, Plunk!
Ronald Corp conducts the New London Orchestra

Aaron Copland
Rodeo – 4 Dance Episodes
Michael Tilson-Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra


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