The Full Works Concert - Friday 24 October 2014, 8pm

Stravinsky's ballet Pulcinella is a highlight of tonight's concert of classical favourites.

Bach’s timeless Brandenburg Concerto No.4 opens the Full Works Concert this evening, before we hear Stravinsky’s delightful neo-classical style music for the ballet, Pulcinella

The classical era was very much in Stravinsky 's mind when he was composing his ballet Pulcinella. The great Russian impresario Diaghilev wanted a ballet based on an early 18th-century Commedia dell'arte libretto and music believed to have been composed by Giovanni Pergolesi. Stravinsky rewrote this older music in a more modern way by borrowing specific themes and textures, but interjecting modern rhythms, cadences and harmonies. 

Catherine Bott also treats us to a stunning new recording of Caccini’s 'Ave Maria' by Elina Garanca, and we’ll also hear Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23, played by Hélène Grimaud


Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major BWV.1049
Trevor Pinnock conducts the European Brandenburg Ensemble

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A major K.488
Hélène Grimaud directs the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra from the piano 

Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Christopher Hogwood conducts the Basel Chamber Orchestra 

Giulio Caccini: Ave Maria
Mezzo-soprano: Elina Garanca
Karel Mark Chicon conducts the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 

Max Bruch: Symphony No.2 in F minor Opus 36 
Kurt Masur conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra