The Full Works Concert: upcoming shows

Weekdays, 8-10pm. The Full Works Concert brings the world’s greatest music into your living room every weekday evening. It's presented by Jane Jones (Monday-Wednesday) and Catherine Bott (Thursday and Friday). Text 61812, tweet @ClassicFM or email using the forms below.

You can listen to the last week's Full Works Concerts on our Classic FM Radio Player, or go to the Classic FM Playlist for a list of the pieces played in each programme.

Tuesday 31 March


Jane Jones continues to shine the spotlight on the Philharmonia Orchestra, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

This evening we witness the changing perspectives that different conductors have brought to the ensemble, starting with Giulini’s expertise in opera, heard in Rossini’s overture to The Thieving Magpie which he recorded in the early 1960s.

Daniel Barenboim is the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2, accompanied by the orchestra in their guise as the ‘New’ Philharmonia Orchestra between 1964 and 1977. We also hear the orchestra in a more contemporary role in their world premiere recording of Patrick Hawes’ Highgrove Suite, commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 2010, and acknowledge the hard-working wind players of the orchestra in Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind.

Gioachino Rossini
The Thieving Magpie – Overture
Carlo Maria Giulini conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Gabriel Faure
Après un Rêve Op. 7 No.1
Violin: Han-Na Chang
Leonard Slatkin conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major Op. 19
Piano: Daniel Barenboim
Otto Klemperer conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra

Patrick Hawes
Highgrove Suite
Harp: Claire Jones
Patrick Hawes conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Richard Wagner
Tristan and Isolde – Liebestod
Soprano: Christa Ludwig
Otto Klemperer conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
Serenade for Wind in D minor Op. 44
Christopher Warren-Green conducts members of the Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday 1 April


Tonight, Jane Jones continues to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Philharmonia Orchestra and begins tonight’s concert with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.2 conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who departs as principal conductor in 2021.

Maurizio Pollini is the star soloist in a sparkling performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1, before a British favourite conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli – principal conductor from 1984-1994.

The programme concludes with the Philharmonia Orchestra performing music for the small screen that may, for some, conjour up images of Colin Firth in ‘that’ white shirt – the suite from the TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Carl Davis.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Leonore Overture No.2 Op. 72
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op. 11
Piano: Maurizio Pollini
Paul Kletzki conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Edward Elgar
Variations on an Original Theme Op. 36
Giuseppe Sinopoli conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Carl Davis
Pride and Prejudice: Suite
Carl Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Thursday 2 April


Catherine Bott continues Classic FM’s celebrations of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 75th anniversary with a Debussy recording from guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.

The great tenor Dmitri Hvorostovsky joins the orchestra for Rossini’s jolly tongue twister ‘Largo al factotum’, before the musical union of Daniel Barenboim and Jacqueline du Pre in Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Leonard Slatkin also takes us on a quick trip to the orchestra’s home city in Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony.

Claude Debussy
Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Gioachino Rossini
‘Largo al factotum’ (from the opera The Barber of Seville)
Tenor: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Ion Marin conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Robert Schumann
Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129
Cello: Jacqueline du Pre
Daniel Barenboim conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra

Edward Elgar
Pomp & Circumstance No.1 in D major Op. 39
John Barbirolli conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Antonio Salieri
Piano Concerto in C major
Pietro Spada directs the Philharmonia Orchestra from the keyboard

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.104 in D major (‘London’)
Leonard Slatkin conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Romance Cantabile in E minor
Violin: Myung-Whun Chung
Bassoon: Pascal Gallois
Flute: Patrick Gallois
Philharmonia Orchestra

Friday 3 April


All this week, Classic FM has been marking the 75th anniversary of the Philharmonia Orchestra and the celebrations conclude tonight with a showcase of the orchestra in its full glory – from past to present.

Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor
Piano: Andrei Gavrilov
Riccardo Muti conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 in E minor
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Giacomo Puccini
‘O mio babbino caro’
Soprano: Maria Callas
Tulio Serafin conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Edward Elgar
John Barbirolli conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra

Steven Price
Our Planet - The Importance of this river
Geoff Alexander conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra



Monday 6 April


We are only a quarter of the way through the 2020 and there has been a wealth of fantastic new recordings released so far this year. So, all this week on the Full Works Concert we’ll be exploring the best and brightest of them.

There’s no better way to start the run up to Easter than with a celebration of Spring and new life courtesy of Vivaldi – tonight a new recording of The Four Seasons from the Berthollet sisters features.

There’s also music by Dukas which was used to great effect in the Disney film Fantasia, before one of the standout releases of the year so far: Sheku Kanneh Mason’s recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The programme ends with Schubert’s Symphony No.2, played in full by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra directed by Edward Gardner. Jane Jones presents.

Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons Op. 8 No.1 – Spring
Violin: Camille Berthollet
Benjamin Levy conducts the String Ensemble of the Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse

Paul Dukas
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Pascal Rophe conducts the Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire

Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85
Cello: Sheku Kanneh Mason
Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Ola Gjeilo
Crystal Sky
Piano: Ola Gjeilo

Joseph Haydn
Concerto for Flute & Oboe in G major Hob.VIIh:3
Flute: Ana de la Vega
Oboe: Ramon Ortega Quero
Trondheim Soloists

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.2 in B-flat major D.125
Edward Gardner conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday 7 April


Jane Jones begins the second evening, focussing on the finest albums released in 2020 so far, with the most famous opening four notes in music history – a fantastically vibrant new recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 from Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

We then hear two new arrangements of Classic FM favourites – Debussy’s Claire de Lune arranged for clarinet and piano, before Jose Serebrier conducts his own transcription of None but the Lonely Heart by Tchaikovsky.

Young star Benjamin Grosvenor then plays Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2, written when the composer was just 20, and we hear from Christoph Koenig’s latest instalment of releases celebrating the music of Lousie Farrenc.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.5 in C minor Op. 67
Andrew Manze conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie

Claude Debussy
Claire de Lune
(from Suite Bergamasque)
Clarinet: Michael Collins
Piano: Michael McHale

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
None but the Lonely Heart Op. 6 No.6
Jose Serebrier conducts the RTE National Symphony Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op. 21
Piano: Benjamin Grosvenor
Elim Chan conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestral

Louise Farrenc
Symphony No.1 in C minor Op. 32
Christoph Koenig conducts the Solistes Europeens, Luxembourg

Wednesday 8 April


Tonight, in Classic FM’s showcase of the best new releases of the year so far, Jane Jones includes music perfect for Holy Week: The Sixteen and Harry Christophers’ stirring, fresh performance of Allegri’s Miserere.

There’s also a very special new recording as three classical music heavyweights – Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim – join the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, recorded to mark the composer’s 250th year.

To end the programme, we’ll enjoy the result of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the Manchester Camerata joining forces for the latest instalment in their Mozart piano concertos series.

Domenico Cimarosa
Thracian Lovers – Overture
Patrick Gallois conducts the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

Gregorio Allegri
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen

Ludwig van Beethoven
Triple Concerto in C major Op. 56
Piano: Daniel Barenboim
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Cello: Yo-Yo Ma
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

George Frederic Handel
Concerto in A major Op. 6 No.11
Academy of Ancient Music, Berlin

Maurice Ravel
Rapsodie Espagnole
John Wilson conducts the Sinfonia of London

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.6 in B-flat major K.238
Piano: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts the Manchester Camerata

Thursday 9 April


Catherine Bott continues Classic FM’s week of shining the spotlight on some of the great new releases released so far this year.

The programme begins with music from Classic FM’s very first Album of the Week in 2020: the legendary Vienna New Years Day Concert.

We then swim with the fishes and fly with the birds in a new recording of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals from Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony Orchestra. There’s also fresh music from new and future stars, as Johan Dalene is the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, from his debut album released in January, and Welsh treble Cai Thomas sings the music of Karl Jenkins.

Johann Strauss Junior
Where the Lemons Blossom Op. 314
Andris Nelsons conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saens
Carnival of the Animals
Thierry Fischer conducts the Utah Symphony Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35
Violin: Johan Dalene
Daniel Blendulf conducts the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Prelude in D-flat major Op. 28 No.15
Piano: Eric Lu

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.49 in F minor
(‘La Passione’)
Richard Tognetti conducts the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Claude Debussy
Daniel Hope directs the Zurcher Chamber Orchestra from the violin

Karl Jenkins
Ave Verum
Treble: Cai Thomas
Tenor: Aksel Rykkvin
Robert Lewis conducts the London Mozart Players

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