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To coincide with the launch of the 2015 Guinness World Records book, Catherine Bott hosts a concert of record-breaking composers and performers.
Tonight's concert opens with the conductor Sir Georg Solti, who won more Grammys than any other musician, classical or pop. The pianist Lang Lang follows, with Mendelssohn's first Piano Concerto. Lang Lang performed the most watched classical performance ever when one billion people saw him at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Karl Jenkins is the most frequently performed living composer in the world. We'll hear his work Palladio this evening. Andrea Bocelli has broken numerous records, and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records upon releasing his album Sacred Arias in 1999, as he simultaneously held the top three positions in the US Classical Albums chart.
Nigel Kennedy's recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1989 sold over 2 million copies and earned a place as one of the best-selling classical recordings ever. The album remained at the top of the UK classical charts for over a year, with sales equivalent to one copy sold every 30 seconds.
The concert finishes with Brahms's Symphony No.4, conducted by Herbert von Karajan - the most recorded conductor of all time.
Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman – Overture
Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Opus 25
Piano: Lang Lang
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Karl Jenkins: Palladio
London Philharmonic Strings
Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata
Tenor: Andrea Bocelli
Lorin Maazel conducts the London Symphony Orchestra
Vivaldi: Four Seasons Opus 8 - Concerto No.3 (Autumn)
Nigel Kennedy directs the English Chamber Orchestra from the violin
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor Opus 98
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra