The Full Works Concert - Monday 6 October, 8pm

A new release from Sir Antonio Pappano, and Vaughan Williams' superb London Symphony are on the menu tonight.

Jane Jones begins a new week on the Full Works Concert with a brand new recording, released on 27 October 2014, of Rossini's overtures, performed by Sir Antonio Pappano and the Rome-based Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In Pappano’s eyes, composers do not come more typically Italian than Rossini who wrote dozens of comic and serious operas, famed for their vocal, technical and theatrical virtuosity: “There's something about Rossini," he recently said, "that gives you a sense of the ideal Italian character type – his measured elegance, his modishess, his exhibitionism…though of course nowadays most of these qualities are on display in the work of clothes designers, not musicians...I try to get the players…to flaunt their italianità, which means basically a singing tone and warmth. I do think their sound is quite special, and of course I feel very at home with it. I didn’t grow up in Italy but my parents were very Italian, so there are certain things that just go without saying. We naturally phrase the same way.”

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Tonight Jane also introduces Vaughan Williams' atmospheric London Symphony, and takes a trip to Spain with Rodrigo.

Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide – Overture
Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the National Academy of St Cecilia

Joaquin Rodrigo: Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre
Guitar: Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts the Spanish National Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor BWV.1067
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony
Roger Norrington conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra