The Full Works Concert with Jane Jones and Catherine Bott

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The Full Works Concert brings the world’s greatest music into your living room every weekday evening at 8pm. It's presented by Jane Jones (Monday-Wednesday) and Catherine Bott (Thursday and Friday).

This month's concerts

Friday 27 November

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, and Classic FM is joining in the festivities by broadcasting concerts recorded exclusively for the station every Friday evening in 2015.  

Wagner: The Flying Dutchman – Overture
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne
Soprano: Jennifer Johnston
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor
Piano: Simon Trpcescki / Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons – December
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Monday 30 November

Jane Jones brings Great Composers Month to a conclusion with possibly the greatest of them all - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Clarinet Concerto in A major
Martin Frost/German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Bremen
Symphony No.38
Rene Jacobs conducts the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Piano Sonata No.16 in C major
Maria-Joao Pires
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major
Vilde Frang/Maxim Rysanov/Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen

Tuesday 1 December, 8pm

On the day that advent calendars are being opened up and down the country, Jane Jones takes a musical journey through a winter wonderland.

Waldteufel: Les Patineurs Opus 183
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
Vivaldi: Four Seasons Opus 8 – Concerto No.4, Winter
Nigel Kennedy/English Chamber Orchestra
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije (Suite) Opus 60
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G major Opus 58
Krystian Zimerman/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Sviridov: The Snowstorm
Ostankino Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Fedoseyev
Strauss: Winterlust Polka Opus 121
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Lorin Maazel

Wednesday 2 December, 8pm

The world-famous American violinist Joshua Bell has been Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for four years – and, since September 2015, he and the Academy have been Classic FM’s inaugural Artists in Residence.  As part of this groundbreaking partnership, Classic FM is broadcasting a range of exclusive concerts – including tonight’s, recorded at London’s Barbican just a few weeks ago.

Mozart: Symphony No.40 in G minor
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major Opus 35
Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D major Opus 25, ‘Classical’
Joshua Bell/Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Thursday 3 December

In the seven years since the Austrian conductor Manfred Honneck became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble has continued to prove itself to be one of the world’s top orchestras. Tonight, Jane Jones presents another exclusively-recorded concert on Classic FM, with the PSO playing classical music’s three Bs - and a P.

Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F major Opus 93
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honneck
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major Opus 77
Augustin Hadelich/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honneck
Paganini: Caprice No.5
Augustin Hadelich
Bach, arr. Saito: Violin Partita No.2 – Chaconne
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honneck

Friday 4 December

All this year, to celebrate the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 175th anniversary, Classic FM has broadcast exclusive Friday night concerts from the city’s Philharmonic Hall. Tonight, the brilliant German violinist Isabelle Faust performs Schumann’s Violin Concerto before Vasily Petrenko conducts the RLPO in a very moving performance of Mahler’s heartfelt ‘Tragic’ Symphony.

Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor
Isabelle Faust
Mahler: Symphony No.6 in A minor, ‘Tragic’
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko

Sibelius at 150

150 years ago this week, the composer Johan Julius Christian Sibelius was born. He went on to adopt the French form of his name ‘Jean’, however his Finnish nationality was always a major influence in the music he wrote.This 150th anniversary is one of the most notable of 2015 and Classic FM is championing the man and his music over the next 4 nights. There will be Sibelius favourites as well as lesser-performed gems, together with an insight into the life of Sibelius and how it had an impact on his musical style.

Monday 7 December

Tonight, Jane Jones features the first symphony Sibelius composed, and Nigel Kennedy’s recording of the only concerto written by the composer. Plus – Finlandia the piece that cemented Sibelius as Finland’s nationalist composer.

Sibelius: Finlandia
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Leif Segerstam
Sibelius: Was it a Dream?
Yo-Yo Ma/Kathryn Stott
Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor
London Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor
Nigel Kennedy/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle
Sibelius: Scènes Historique Suite
Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Ari Rasilainen

Tuesday 8 December

Jean Sibelius was born 150 years ago today. Tonight Jane Jones looks at how nature, magic and poetry are represented in Sibelius’s music. We’ll hear the mighty Symphony No.2, regarded by many Finns as the perfect musical evocation of their country’s landscape.

Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Petri Sakari
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Hege Sellevag/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Davis
Sibelius: The Wood-Nymph
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vanska
Sibelius: Humoresque in Eb major
Ilya Gringolts/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
Sibelius: Spring Song
Norweigan Radio Orchestra/Ari Rasilainen
Sibelius: Symphony No.2
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Lorin Maazel

Wednesday 9 December

Jane Jones explores the full range of music that Sibelius wrote - from large orchestral forces and choir to the simple pairing of cello and piano.

Sibelius: Andante Festivo
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
Sibelius: Pelleas and Melisande Suite    
Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Petri Sakari
Sibelius: 2 Pieces, ‘Cantique’ and ‘Devotion’
Truls Mork/Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Sibelius: Valse Triste
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim
Sibelius: Cantata for the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Finnish Philharmonic Choir/Leif Segerstam
Sibelius: 5 Pieces Opus 85, ‘The Flowers’
Folke Gräsbeck
Sibelius: The Oceanides
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Alexander Gibson
Sibelius: 2 Serenades
Anne-Sophie Mutter/Staatskapelle, Dresden/Andre Previn

Thursday 10 December

Tonight, Catherine Bott looks at the music of composers who influenced Sibelius, as well as pieces by his Scandinavian contemporaries. Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave most probably influenced the many nationalistic tone poems that Sibelius wrote. And a Beethoven piano sonata was quoted in Sibelius’s Kyllikki pieces for piano.

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21, ‘Waldstein’
Nelson Freire
Grieg: Symphonic Dances Opus 64
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Nielsen: Bohemian-Danish Folk Tune
The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in Eb major
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Friday 11 December

In tonight’s RLPO Friday concert Catherine Bott gives you the chance to hear three classic stories played by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty - Final Act
Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel - Sandman’s Song, Evening Prayer, Dream Pantomime
Prokofiev: Cinderella - excerpts
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko

Monday 14 December

The violinist Nicola Benedetti is in demand across the globe as a soloist with the world’s most famous orchestras, but chamber music is a vital cornerstone of her career. Last month at Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden, one of the UK’s most exciting new performance spaces, Nicola joined forces with cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk to perform their signature work, the brooding Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. Classic FM captured this moment – and tonight, Jane Jones gives listeners the opportunity to hear the concert in full.

Schubert: Piano Trio No.1 in Bb major
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor
Schubert: Notturno in Eb major
Nicola Benedetti/Leonard Elschenbroich/Alexei Grynyuk

Tuesday 15 December

Tonight, in the first of two special programmes, Jane Jones celebrates the fantastic range of classical recordings released during the last year.

Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld, Overture
Orchestra of the Suisse Romande/Neeme Jarvi
Adam: O Holy Night
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir/Andrew Carwood
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor Opus 67
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck
Graziani: Cello Concerto in C major (World premiere recording)
Edgar Moreau/Il Pomo d’Oro/Riccardo Minsasi
Zimmer: ‘Nelle Tue Mani’
Andrea Bocelli
Suk: Serenade for Strings
Metamorphosen Berlin/Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt

Wednesday 16 December

Tonight, Jane Jones continues to celebrate the best classical recordings released during 2015. Tonight, a fresh take on the Classic FM Hall of Fame Number 1, as Katherine Bryan plays her own arrangement for flute of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Elgar: Pomp & Circumstance March No.5 in C major Opus 39
Halle Orchestra/Mark Elder
Bach: Violin Concerto in E major
Alina Ibragimova/Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen
Vaughan Williams, arr. Bryan: The Lark Ascending
Katherine Bryan/Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Jac van Steen
Barber: Agnus Dei
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor Opus 15
Daniel Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin/Gustavo Dudamel
Morricone: Lady Caliph
Johann Strauss Orchestra/Andre Rieu

Thursday 17 December

Escape winter on a mid-December night with Catherine Bott, as she brings some sunshine from the French Riviera. Don’t miss this concert, recorded exclusively for Classic FM just a few weeks ago. This was Ji Liu’s debut performance in Monaco, and the 25-year-old pianist planned a special recital of music from France.

Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre Opus 40
Debussy: Clair de Lune
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor
Rameau: Gavotte with Variations in A minor
Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major
Lu Wencheng: Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake
Ji Liu

Friday 18 December

Throughout 2015, to celebrate the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 175th anniversary, Classic FM has broadcast exclusive Friday night concerts from the city’s Philharmonic Hall. The celebrations are brought to a triumphant conclusion tonight, with a programme packed full of great moments from the RLPO’s Spirit of Christmas concerts. These annual sold-out events attract upwards of 8000 people – and tonight, Catherine Bott picks out a range of familiar carols mixed with some recently composed festive pieces.

Mendelssohn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Wade: O Come, all ye faithful
Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Gruber: Silent Night
Portman: We Were There
Traditional: The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional: O little town of Bethlehem
Traditional: Jesus Christ the apple tree
Thornett: Rise up, shepherd, and follow
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir/Ian Tracey

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