The Full Works Concert – Monday 6th May: The Immortal Masters

This week, the Full Works Concert is all about those soloists of the past who can truly be described as ‘great’ – and whose outstanding recordings will live on for many decades to come.

We begin with the mighty American pianist Van Cliburn, who shot to international stardom after winning the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.  Appropriately enough, we’ll hear him performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, before going on to enjoy some fabulous performances from the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and the British clarinettist Thea King.

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor
Piano: Van Cliburn
Kirill Kondrashin conducts the RCA Symphony Orchestra

Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata
Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti
Leone Magiera conducts members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor
Violin: Yehudi Menuhin
Gaston Poulet conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor
Clarinet: Thea King
Gabrieli String Quartet