The Full Works Concert with Jane Jones and Catherine Bott

Vasily Petrenko Weekdays, 8-10pm

The Full Works Concert - presented by Jane Jones (Monday-Wednesday) and Catherine Bott (Thursday-Friday) – brings the world’s greatest music into your living room.

Exclusive: LA Mondays Concerts

In partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra in America, we’re featuring five exclusive concerts every Monday night throughout August. Make sure you join us for this exciting opportunity to experience one of the world’s top orchestras, live from Walt Disney Hall, without having to do the long-haul flight to get there.

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Tuesday 23 August, 8pm: Revered and Feared

It’s often said that conductors are very different today compared to their counterparts of a generation ago. Seemingly gone are the days of orchestral players trembling behind their music stands, afraid of playing a wrong note, and the lavish lifestyles and film star statuses of the most celebrated maestros. Tonight, Jane Jones harks back to the golden era of conducting and features the performances that made them famous, together with stories that made them infamous.

Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld – Overture
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A major Opus 92
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Schubert: Fantasy for Piano in C major D.760
Jorge Bolet/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Georg Solti
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings Opus 22
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis
Johann Strauss II: A Thousand & One Nights
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlos Kleiber

Wednesday 24 August 2016: The Fab 4/4

Today is the start of International Beatle Week, with bands from more than 20 countries, and fans from all around the world, descending on Liverpool.  And tonight, Jane Jones has a very special celebration of The Beatles on Classic FM with two hours of music by, and connected to, the Fab Four. The programme begins with a recording made by Otto Klemperer in 1960, the year The Beatles was formed, of a piece that inspired the trumpet part in Penny Lane.

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major BWV.1047
Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer
Rutter: Beatles Concerto
Peter Rostal/Paul Schaefer/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/John Rutter
Lennon/McCartney: Blackbird
Milos Karadaglic
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Opus 27, ‘Moonlight’
Daniel Barenboim
Martin: 3 American Sketches
Goran Sollscher/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Mats Rondin
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major K.370
Douglas Boyd/Gaudier Ensemble
McCartney: A Leaf
London Symphony Orchestra/Lawrence Foster
Lennon/McCartney: Michelle
Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler

Thursday 25 August, 8pm: 19th Century Cambridge

In the summer of 1893, some of the most distinguished names in classical music were all awarded honorary degrees at Cambridge University. On the day that GCSE results envelopes will have been opened up and down the country, Catherine Bott picks out four of the names who picked up doctorates just over a hundred years ago. Tchaikovsky, whose Symphony No.4 is the centrepiece in tonight’s programme, clearly enjoyed himself.  After having lunch with fellow honorary doctors Saint-Saëns and Bruch, he said: “Cambridge, with its colleges, similar to monasteries, is distinguished by its manners and customs, many of which have been preserved from medieval times. Its buildings, which are reminiscent of the far distant past, made a very favourable impression.”

Grieg: Norwegian Dances Opus 35
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Opus 22
Stephen Hough/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor Opus 36
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor Opus 44
Itzhak Perlman/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta

Friday 26 August, 8pm: Musical Carnival

It’s carnival season and tonight Catherine Bott picks out music to match. The programme opens with Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, described by the composer as ‘a lonely, contemplative wanderer reaching the city at nightfall where a carnival of pleasure reigns supreme’. Dvorak wasn’t the only composer who was compelled to write music on such a theme. Bedrich Smetana was inspired by revelry in Prague, and Jean-Babtiste Arban wrote a set of variations on The Carnival of Venice melody – both of these pieces feature on the programme. The carnival theme will also take you around the globe for some German Dances courtesy of Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Turkish inspired musical float as well as a marching band from the USA.   

Dvorak: Carnival Overture Opus 92
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy
Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals
Labeque Sisters/Evelyn Glennie/Mischa Maisky/Viktoria Mullova/Yuri Bashmet
Smetana: Prague Carnival
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Rafael Kubelik
Arban: The Carnival of Venice
Wynton Marsalis/Eastman Wind Ensemble/Donald Hunsberger
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 in A major K.331
Lars Vogt
Sousa: The Stars & Stripes Forever
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
Schubert: 5 German Dances D.90
Parnassus Ensemble of London
Schumann, orch. Ravel: Carnaval Opus 9
Leonard Slatkin conducts the Lyon National Orchestra

Monday 29 August, 8pm: LA Monday Concert

Tonight the LA Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel focus on two composers who represented reactionary musical thinking. Bach, who brought Baroque music to its apotheosis, features in well-known masterpieces, and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.1 is this evening’s centrepiece, and with such scale and grandeur, it’s not hard to believe that it began life as a symphony.

Bach, arr. Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV.565
Bach: Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV.1068
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor Opus 15
Yefim Bronfman
Bach, arr. Webern: ‘Ricercar’ from The Musical Offering BWV.1079
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Gustavo Dudamel

Tuesday 30 August, 8pm: Capability Brown at 300

It’s the 300th anniversary of the birth of the famed landscape architect Capability Brown. Tonight, Jane Jones celebrates this tercentenary in a programme of music related to the man known as England’s greatest gardener. This evening’s pieces are all of a floral nature.

Johann Strauss II: Roses from the South Opus 388
Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck
Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, Suite
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Martin Yates
Tchaikovsky: Concerto Fantasia in G major Opus 56
Stephen Hough/Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vanska
Puccini: Crisantemi
Hungarian Opera Orchestra/Pier Giorgio Morandi
Boyce: Symphony No.7 in B-flat major
Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood
Larsson: Pastoral Suite Opus 19
Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Ari Rasilainen
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite Opus 59
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Christian Thielemann

Wednesday 31 August, 8pm: Forgotten Talent

Tonight Jane Jones shines the spotlight on composers who are not as well known today as their talent would suggest.

Reznicek: Donna Dianna – Overture
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
Franz Xaver Mozart: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Opus 14
Howard Shelley/St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra
Romberg: Clarinet Quintet in E-flat major Opus 57
Thea King/Britten Quartet
Parry: Symphony No.1 in G major
English Symphony Orchestra/William Boughton
Squire: Chansonnette Opus 22
Oliver Gledhill/Tadashi Imai

Thursday 1 September, 8pm: Fiesta!

Catherine Bott promises a Latin American party of a programme tonight with two hours of the rhythms, energy and melodies from that vibrant part of the world.

Gershwin: Cuban Overture
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
Bragato: Graciela y Buenos Aires
Fionnuala Hunt/RTE Concert Orchestra
Zipoli: Elevazione
Gordon Hunt/Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Marquez: Conga del Fuego
Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra/Gustavo Dudamel
Dvorak: String Quartet No.12 in F major Opus 96, ‘American’
Simon Bolivar String Quartet
Ponce: Piano Concerto
Jorge Federico Osorio/Mexican State Symphony Orchestra/Enrique Batiz
Copland: El Salon Mexico
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Saint-Saens: Havanaise Opus 83
Renaud Capuçon/German Chamber Orchestra of Bremen/Daniel Harding

Friday 2 September, 8pm: London – A Musical City

It’s 350 years to the day that the Great Fire of London broke out, on Pudding Lane, early in the morning of September 2nd 1666. Tonight Catherine Bott marks this anniversary by looking at the output of the many composers influenced by London over the years following one of the most famous events in the city’s history, three and a half centuries ago.

Elgar: Cockaigne Overture Opus 40
London Symphony Orchestra/Charles Mackerras
Holst: St. Paul’s Suite Opus 29 No.2
Camerata Wales/Owain Arwel Hughes
Haydn: Symphony No.93 in D major
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Colin Davis
Coates: London Suite
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Groves
Grainger: Handel in the Strand
Philip Martin/Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Kenneth Montgomery
Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat major KV.15ii
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
Handel: Organ Concerto in B-flat major HWV.290
Ton Koopman/Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Tate: London Fields: Suite
Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland

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