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Jane Jones hosts a special week on the Full Works Concert during which, every night, she’ll profile each of Beethoven’s five piano concertos.
In a special week of the Classic FM Full Works Concert, Jane Jones showcases each of Beethoven's five Piano Concertos.
The great composer completed these masterworks in under 20 years, but from the age of 38 he would never finish one again as his deafness stopped him from performing.
MONDAY 14 JULY
Along with Beethoven's first Piano Concerto tonight, we’ll hear one of his finest overtures, music by one of his teachers, Haydn, and a cello concerto by Beethoven’s friend, Antonin Kraft.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Opus 15
Andras Schiff/Bernard Haitink conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden
Antonin Kraft: Cello Concerto in C major Opus 4
Prague Chamber Orchestra/Michal Kanka
TUESDAY 15 JULY
Tonight's Concert opens with the Overture to The Barber of Seville by Rossini, which Beethoven admired. There’s also music by one of Beethoven’s biggest heroes, Handel, and a composer who was famous during Beethoven’s lifetime, but who has been dwarfed by him today, Louis Spohr.
Gioachino Rossini: The Barber of Seville – Overture
Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts Concerto Italiano
Antonio Salieri: Flute & Oboe Concerto in C major
Susan Milan/David Theodore/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
Louis Spohr: Symphony No.9 in B minor Opus 143
Orchestra of Italian Switzerland/Howard Shelley
WEDNESDAY 16 JULY
Tonight’s Concert begins with the music of Carl Maria von Weber, one of the many talented composers who found themselves in Beethoven’s shadow. We’ll then hear Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, a trumpet concerto by Beethoven’s friend Hummel and a symphony by Schubert, whom Beethoven said had ‘the divine spark’.
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
Tine Thing Helseth/Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
THURSDAY 17 JULY
Tonight it’s an all-Beethoven programme. Jane has the Piano Concerto No.4, as well as Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6, all of which were premiered in the same concert.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor Opus 67
La Chambre Philharmonique/Emmanuel Krivine
FRIDAY 18 JULY
Beethoven’s final Piano Concerto, the ‘Emperor’, is followed by music by Czerny, who premiered the concerto, Cherubini - who Beethoven described as his greatest contemporary, and one of Beethoven’s greatest influences Mozart.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major Opus 73 ‘Emperor’
Emanuel Ax/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Andre Previn
Luigi Cherubini: Sonata No.2 for Horn and Strings
Barry Tuckwell/Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D major K.385
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/James Levine
Carl Czerny: Concerto for Piano Duet Opus 153
Cologne Piano Duet/Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Florian Merz