The Full Works Concert with Jane Jones and Catherine Bott

Carnegie Hall night 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 every weekday evening at 8pm.


One of the world’s most famous and renowned concert halls turns 125 this week. The landmark New York venue has played host to countless important premieres, as well as helping to launch now-famous classical musicians at the beginning of their careers. Over the next five nights, Classic FM celebrates with a series of special Full Works Concerts.

Monday 2 May, 8pm

Jane Jones presents a programme of music celebrating Carnegie Hall, kicking off with an exclusive premiere of a new release from the John Wilson Orchestra, with a composer synonymous with New York: George Gershwin.

Gershwin, arr. Heindorf: Overture
John Wilson Orchestra/John Wilson
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Opus 23
Beatrice Rana/National Academy of St Cecilia Orchestra/Antonio Pappano
George Martin: Three American Sketches
Goran Sollscher/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Mats Rondin
Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in E minor Opus 95, ‘From the New World’
Prague Symphony Orchestra/Charles Mackerras

Tuesday 3 May, 8pm

In the second of five programmes celebrationg Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary, we enjoy exclusive world-class recordings made in the iconic venue. Jane Jones presents this evening’s concert, which includes performances from the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.

Weber: Der Freischütz, Overture
Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1
Marc-André Hamelin/Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F major Opus 68, ‘Pastoral’
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
Haydn: String Quartet in F minor Opus 20 No.5
St Lawrence String Quartet

Wednesday 4 May, 8pm

Jane Jones presents another programme of exclusive concert recordings made in Carnegie Hall, never before heard in the UK. Alina Ibragimova opens the concert with a lively performance of Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, and Bernard Haitink takes to the podium with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for music by Purcell and Brahms.

Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor
Alina Ibragimova/Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen
Purcell: Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Opus 37
Leif Ove Andsnes/Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor Opus 98
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink

Thursday 5 May, 8pm

Today marks the day, 125 years ago, that the legendary New York concert venue Carnegie Hall opened its doors to the public for the very first time. A century and a quarter later and Carnegie Hall is now a world famous stage, visited by the very best orchestras, soloists and musicians. Tonight, Catherine Bott presents the third of three programmes featuring recordings made in the hall, being broadcast for the first time here in the UK.

Bach: Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major
Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F major Opus 93
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Rattle
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances Opus 45
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in C major
Sir Andras Schiff
Stravinsky: The Firebird – Closing Scenes
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Rattle

Friday 6 May, 8pm

For the final time this week we’re off to the Big Apple on Classic FM to celebrate one of the world’s most famous concert halls, which turned 125 yesterday. Carnegie Hall has a rich and varied history of world-class music-making, and tonight Catherine Bott tells a few of the stories behind the New York venue. She’ll be playing recordings connected to these events, from the violinist Isaac Stern who was instrumental in saving Carnegie Hall from demolition in the 1960s, to Leonard Bernstein who made a sensational debut there in 1943.

Gershwin: An American in Paris
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin
Isaac Stern/Alexander Zakin
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor Opus 64
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Paderewski: Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 17
Karol Radziwonowicz/Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra/Roland Bader

Monday 9 May, 8pm

The centrepiece of tonight’s Full Works Concert is a worldwide exclusive first play of a premiere recording of an orchestral transcription of Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A minor. Elgar composed his Piano Quintet while staying at Brinkwells during the summer of 1918 and so Jane also has other music written while composers were on their holidays.

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Opus 45
St Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
Albeniz: Mallorca Opus 202
Julian Bream
Elgar, arr. Fraser: Piano Quintet in A minor
English Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Woods
Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole
Haydn: Symphony No.45 in F-sharp minor
English Concert/Trevor Pinnock

Tuesday 10 May, 8pm

A chance to hear a special concert recording of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – Classic FM’s Orchestra of Teenagers. With under a month left for instrumentalists to apply to join the NYO, it’s a fitting time to feature some fantastic young musicians.

Walton: Crown Imperial
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Roger Norrington

Wednesday 11 May, 8pm

It’s exam season so Jane Jones features music tonight either written for students, or by composers when they were still studying.

Puccini: Preludio Sinfonico
Hungarian Opera Orchestra/Pier Giorgio Morandi
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 in F-sharp minor Opus 1
Vladimir Ashkenazy/Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major Opus 20
Ensemble Exploration
Fauré: Morceau de concours
Karen Jones/Catherine Edwards
Gang Chen/Zhanhao He: Butterfly Lover’s Violin Concerto
Takako Nishizaki/Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra/Fan Chengwu

Thursday 12 May, 8pm

Catherine Bott presents a specially recorded concert given a fortnight ago at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank by the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir. It was given in aid of Pancreatic Cancer and includes the young violinist Francesca Dego and actress Imelda Staunton.

Walton: Spitfire Prelude & Fugue
Philharmonia Orchestra/Grant Llewellyn
Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Imelda Staunton/Philharmonia Orchestra/Grant Llewellyn
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Francesca Dego/Philharmonia Orchestra/Grant Llewellyn
Mozart: Requiem in D minor
Katherine Manley/Emillie Renard/James Gilchrist/Ashley Riches/The Bach Choir/Philharmonia Orchestra/Grant Llewellyn

Friday 13 May, 8pm

It’s Friday the 13th and so Catherine Bott explores music and musicians that are associated with bad luck.

Lully: Roland – Overture
Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor
Maria Joao Pires/Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado
Berlioz: Hungarian March
London Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis
Schubert: Symphony No.9 in C major
Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnanyi
Tchaikovsky: The Voyevoda Opus 78
Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton

Monday 16 May, 8pm

Jane Jones picks out music tonight associated with characters who are written into, or are based on, folklore.

Rossini: William Tell – Overture
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Carlo Rizzi
Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood – Symphonic Suite
East of England Orchestra/Malcolm Nabarro
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
German Opera Orchestra, Berlin/Christian Thielemann
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben Opus 40
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Georg Solti
Horner: Braveheart – For the Love of a Princess
London Symphony Orchestra/James Horner
Beethoven: Fidelio – March
London Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis

Tuesday 17 May, 8pm

It’s the 150th anniversary of the French composer Erik Satie’s birth. Tonight Jane Jones picks out some of the composer’s most famous music, plus that of his contemporaries, and the fellow countrymen who came before him.

Fauré: Pavane Opus 50
Montreal Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Charles Dutoit
Satie: 3 Gymnopedies
John Lenehan
Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Masur
Satie: Je te veux
Pascal Rogé
Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 in C minor Opus 78
Olivier Latry/Philadelphia Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach
Satie: Parade
New London Orchestra/Ronald Corp
Ravel: Bolero
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Pierre Boulez

Wednesday 18 May, 8pm

At the State Opening Of Parliament today, Her Majesty The Queen’s speech set out the government’s agenda for the coming session. So tonight Jane Jones picks out music that was composed for royalty.

Handel: Zadok the Priest
Academy of Ancient Music/Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge/Stephen Layton
Walton: Orb & Sceptre
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Louis Freeman
Mozart: String Quartet in F major K.590, ‘Prussian’
Hagen Quartet
Elgar: Symphony No.2 in Eb major Opus 63
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Georg Solti
Frederick the Great: Concerto for Flute, String Orchestra and Bass
Emmanuel Pahud/Chamber Academy of Potsdam

Thursday 19 May, 8pm

Some famous arrivals, entrance music and musicians who burst onto the classical music scene.

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood
Williams: Star Wars – Main Theme
London Symphony Orchestra/John Williams
Verdi: Grand March
Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan/Claudio Abbado
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb major Opus 83
Daniel Barenboim/Philharmonia Orchestra/John Barbirollii
Marquez: Danzon No.2
Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel
Ireland: Epic March
London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox
Wagner: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Jose Serebrier

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