The Full Works Concert: Wednesday 21 January 2015, 8pm

Jane Jones presents a concert of works which all have royal connections.

Victoria Albert Mendelssohn

440 years ago today, Queen Elizabeth I granted exclusive rights to print music to Thomas Tallis and William Byrd . It made them both rich men. In tonight’s Full Works Concert of music with a royal connection, Jane Jones presents William Byrd’s beautiful 4-part mass. 

J.S. Bach wrote his Brandenburg Concertos in the hope of a job from the Margrave of Brandenburg. Despite the dazzling brilliance of these original works, they remained unperformed, gathering dust until 1849. 

We also hear a favourite composer of Queen Victoria's, Felix Mendelssohn  - pictured entertaining Her Majesty and Prince Albert - as Claudio Abbado conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in his Symphony No.1.

GALLERY: Mendelssohn went to Scotland in 1829. Here's how much he hated the music >

Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts a favourite symphony of French Queen Marie Antoinette's - Haydn ’s Symphony No.85. Completed around 1785/1786, it was the fourth of Haydn's six 'Paris' and acquired the nickname, La Reine, (The Queen). It is the only one of the Paris symphonies whose nickname has an authentic 18th-century origin. The second movement is a set of variations on an old French folk-song 'La gentille et jeune Lisette'.

George Frederic Handel: Zadok the Priest
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.85 in B-flat major, ‘La Reine’
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Concentus Musicus Vienna 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major
Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts Concerto Italiano 

William Byrd: Mass for 4 Voices
Peter Phillips conducts the Tallis Scholars

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.1 in C minor
Claudio Abbado conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

The Full Works Concert

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