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.

Bring Me Sunshine

When it comes to audible sunshine, classical music has it in (bucket and) spades, as we’ll be hearing this week. All week the Full Works Concert is promising wall-to-wall summer weather, perfect to accompany a glass of something chilled in the garden.

Monday 25 July: A Night with the Stars

The word ‘great’ is a much-used superlative when it comes to describing classical musicians, but tonight’s Concert features artists who genuinely could be said to be among the ‘greatest’. The outstanding cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, teams up with legendary film composer Ennio Morricone, in a suite of music written for Sergio Leone films. Also included tonight are recordings made by male and female conductors at the top of their game – Marin Alsop and Sir Simon Rattle, and the great violinist Maxim Vengerov.

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture Opus 80
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Marin Alsop
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Maxim Vengerov/Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Songs without words Opus 19
Daniel Barenboim
Morricone: Sergio Leone Suite
Yo-Yo Ma/Rome Sinfonietta Orchestra/Ennio Morricone
Albeniz: Asturias
John Williams
Dvorak: The Water Goblin Opus 107
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Rattle

Tuesday 26 July: Celebrating the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Tonight Jane Jones presents a varied of programme of music performed by Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North-East of England. Included are recordings made with Richard Hickox who was Artistic Director during the 1980s.

Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss – Overture
Royal Northern Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E-flat major K.482
Sarah Beth Briggs/Royal Northern Sinfonia/Bradley Creswick
Schubert: Symphony No.3 in D major D.200
Royal Northern Sinfonia/Heinrich Schiff
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Royal Northern Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
Hofmann: Cello Concerto in C major Badley.C1
Tim Hugh/Royal Northern Sinfonia

Wednesday 27th July: Einaudi Exclusive

Tomorrow, the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi begins a four-night run at London’s Royal Festival Hall. His last UK tour, in March this year, sold-out in record time, and it included a world premiere performance of his new Piano Concerto at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall. Classic FM was there to record this very special concert – and tonight, we give Einaudi fans the chance to hear this work again.

Respighi: Church Windows
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Damian Iorio
Einaudi: Piano Concerto Domino
Ji Liu/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Damian Iorio
Einaudi: Wetlands
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Damian Iorio
Bernstein: West Side Story – Symphonic Dances
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Damian Iorio
Novak: Eternal Longing Opus 33
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek

Thursday 28 July 2016: Celebrating Beatrix Potter

Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the much loved English author, illustrator and conservationist Beatrix Potter and, in a special Full Works Concert, her life is celebrated in music. Potter is best known for her children’s books telling the stories of, among many others, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle – characters depicted in the 1971 ballet film The Tales of Beatrix Potter. John Lanchbery’s suite of music that accompanied the film is the centrepiece of tonight’s programme. Also from the big screen, there’s music from Miss Potter, the 2006 biographical drama that starred Renée Zellweger. To compliment the film scores, we’ll enjoy pieces linked to a part of the world that Beatrix Potter based many of her stories in, and in which she also lived: the Lake District. Elgar’s Froissart originally began life as a Lakes Overture, and the rarely heard music of Maurice Johnstone beautifully depicts the Cumbrian countryside. Catherine Bott presents.

Elgar: Froissart Opus 19
Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Davis
Lanchbery: The Tales of Beatrix Potter
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House/John Lanchbery
Coates: Cinderella – A Phantasy
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/John Wilson
Westlake/Portman: Miss Potter – The Lakes
Studio Orchestra/Benjamin Wallfisch
Johnstone: Tarn Hows – A Cumbrian Rhapsody
Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland

Friday 29 July: The Best of Friends

On the eve of International Day of Friendship tomorrow, Catherine Bott features some of the great friendships forged through classical music. Mozart dedicated six of his string quartets to his fellow composer, and mentor, Haydn; we’ll hear ‘The Hunt’ tonight. The great cellist and conductor Rostropovich, meanwhile, once said of the violinist Maxim Vengerov: “I don’t remember the first time I met Maxim, because now it is as if we have always been together”. We’ll hear them in action, with the music of Tchaikovsky. Vaughan Williams first met Holst while they were both students at the Royal College of Music and we’ll enjoy the musical output of both composers, including a rarely heard recording of Holst’s two Songs Without Words, conducted by his daughter.

Glazunov: Triumphal March Opus 40
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Yondani Butt
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major Opus 35
Maxim Vengerov/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Mstislav Rostropovich
Haydn: Horn Concerto No.2 in D major
Felix Klieser/Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra/Ruben Gazarian
Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat major K.458, ‘The Hunt’
Amadeus String Quartet
Holst: 2 Songs without words Opus 22
English Chamber Orchestra/Imogen Holst
Vaughan Williams: 2 Hymn-Tune Preludes
Royal Northern Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
Dvorak: Silent Woods Opus 68 No.5
Steven Isserlis/Stephen Hough

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