Catherine Bott presents The Full Works Concert on Thursday and Friday evenings at 8pm, and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music on Sundays at 9pm.
Sunday 7th October
Tonight, Catherine Bott endeavours to answer the latest listener request: “What exactly is a suite?”
Catherine delves into this often disregarded musical form, celebrating a variety of suite-treats, including preludes by Purcell, a bouree by Bach, and themes ranging from old friends, to ancient folklore, and even outer space.
Tonight, Catherine explores a diverse selection of works inspired by traditional folk music from around the world, and the composers who spent much of their lives championing the musical heritage of their homeland.
We’ll hear an assortment of celebrated and lesser-known pieces by the likes of Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, Stravinsky and Coleridge-Taylor.
Tonight, Catherine focuses on the ‘first thoughts’ and earliest works of several illustrious composers.
Celebrating the impeccable child prodigies and exceptional latecomers, Catherine explores their first steps into greatness and the ambitions which led them there, featuring the early opuses of Mozart, Faure, Britten and more.
Tonight, Catherine Bott remembers the ‘swansongs’ of the great composers.
By exploring the final works of the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the legacies they left behind, Catherine reveals the history of the swansong itself and the transformation in outlook each composer might have had when approaching their final masterpiece.