The Full Works Concert: upcoming shows

Vasily Petrenko

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.  

Monday 11th June – Live from Carnegie Hall, New York

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Over the next three nights, Jane Jones presents a selection of concerts featuring some of the finest musicians, conductors, orchestras and repertoire, recorded live at Carnegie Hall in New York. All three concerts are presented in association with WQXR, New York City's only classical music radio station. 

Tonight’s concert opens with one of the most famous melodies in all American music, followed by the legendary Daniel Barenboim performing Mozart’s ‘Coronation’ Piano Concerto. We’ll also hear a selection of favourite dances from around the world, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, including the thrilling ‘Mambo’ from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Aaron Copland
Rodeo – Hoedown
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Gioachino Rossini
William Tell – Overture
Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K 364
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin

Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor WoO.1
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Johann Strauss II
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Opus 214
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story – Mambo
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No.10 in F-sharp major – Adagio
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Maurice Ravel
La Valse
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Tuesday 12 June – Live from Carnegie Hall, New York

Jane Jones takes another trip over the Atlantic Ocean to New York, as she presents a second evening of live concert recordings from Carnegie Hall. One of the highlights of tonight’s concert is a monumental recording of Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a complete performance of Brahms’s evergreen Symphony No.2.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor BWV.1060
(transcribed for violin by Ottavio Dantone)
Violin: Viktoria Mullova
Ottavio Dantone leads Accademia Bizantina from the harpsichord

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.2 in D major Opus 73
Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Sonata in B-flat Major K.454
Violin: Joshua Bell
Piano: Jeremy Denk

Ottorino Respighi
Fountains of Rome
Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Wednesday 13 June – Live from Carnegie Hall, New York

Jane Jones presents a third evening of live concert recordings from Carnegie Hall, New York. Tonight’s concert opens with a Classic FM favourite: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Later, we’ll hear a beautiful Bach’s violin concerto featuring the soloist Viktoria Mullova, after which the Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No.3 (‘Eroica’).

To round off tonight’s concert, we’ll hear American violinist Joshua Bell alongside pianist Jeremy Denk with a performance of Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat.

George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
Pianos: Lang Lang, Chick Corea, Maxim Lando
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV.1041
Violin: Viktoria Mullova
Ottavio Dantone leads Accademia Bizantina from the harpsichord

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Opus 55 (‘Eroica’)
Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Richard Strauss
Violin Sonata in E-flat Major Opus 18
Violin: Joshua Bell
Piano: Jeremy Denk

Thursday 14 June – World Cup 2018

Earlier today, the 21st FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia and tonight, Catherine Bott celebrates by featuring classical music with a football-themed twist!

In 1998, France hosted and ultimately won the FIFA World Cup. Rather fittingly, as we’ll hear tonight, a piece by the French composer Gabriel Faure also acted as the soundtrack to the media coverage.

Further highlights include music from this year’s host country, Russia; Elmer Bernstein’s The Great Escape, which has become an English supporters’ favourite; and a musical nod to the 2014 winners, Spain. To close tonight’s concert, we’ll hear Around The World, sung by The Three Tenors and recorded live in concert during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Gabriel Fauré
Pavane Opus 50
Howard Shelley conducts the Vasteras Sinfonietta

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.6 in B minor Opus 74
Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra

Elmer Bernstein
The Great Escape – Main Title
Stanley Black conducts the London Festival Orchestra

Isaac Albeniz
Rapsodia espanola
Piano: Alicia de Larrocha
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Various Artists
Around the World
Tenors: Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo
Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Friday 15 June – Celebrating Grieg at 175

On this day in 1843, the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg was born in Bergen. To mark the 175th anniversary of his birth, Catherine Bott presents an evening of Grieg’s finest masterpieces.

The composer’s fiesty March of the Trolls opens tonight’s concert, followed by one of his most famous works: the Peer Gynt Suite No.1. We’ll also hear a fantastic recording of Grieg’s one and only Piano Concerto by Lars Vogt alongside Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Edvard Grieg
March of the Trolls Opus 54 No.3
Piano: Stephen Hough

Edvard Grieg
Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Sakari Oramo conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 16
Piano: Lars Vogt
Simon Rattle conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Edvard Grieg
Ave Maris Stella
Paul McCreesh conducts the Gabrieli Consort

Edvard Grieg
Symphonic Dances Opus 64
Paavo Jarvi conducts the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Edvard Grieg
Intermezzo for Cello & Piano
Cello: Truls Mork
Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Edvard Grieg
2 Nordic Melodies Opus 63
Ole Kristian Ruud conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edvard Grieg
Cradle Song Opus 68 No.5
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Monday 18 June – Composers in London

England was once described by a German critic as “The land without music”. On the contrary, England has produced a wealth of great composers, and also inspired those from other countries who travelled there. In particular, its capital city became a hub for music-making for composers from all over the world.

Tonight, Rob Cowan explores the musical journeys of composers such as Chopin, Handel, Mozart, Grieg, Haydn and Mendelssohn, and plays the works they composed during their time in London, including a brand new recording of Mozart’s Symphony No.1 by The Mozartists.

Joseph Haydn
Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major
Oboe: Jonathan Kelly
Bassoon: Stefan Schweigert
Cello: Georg Faust
Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Ballade No.4 in F minor Opus 52
Piano: Lucas Debargue

Edvard Grieg
Lyric Suite Opus 54
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Charles Gounod
Faust Waltz
Piano: Jean-Yves Thaibaudet

George Frideric Handel
Music for the Royal Fireworks
Alfredo Bernadini conducts Zefiro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.1 in E-flat major K.16
Ian Page conducts The Mozartists

Felix Mendelssohn
Variations Concertantes Opus 17
Cello: Mischa Maisky
Piano: Sergio Tiempo

Tuesday 19 June – Not as the composers intended…

Rob Cowan features some favourite works – but performed on instruments other than those originally intended by the composer!

We begin with Vittorio Monti’s Czardas, typically played on violin or piano, but tonight we’ll hear a performance by Martin Fröst on the clarinet. Further highlights include a brand new recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, transcribed for piano; the stunning choral version of Barber’s Adagio for Strings; and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, played by the young viola player David Aaron Carpenter.

To round off the evening, Alison Balsom plays a Vivaldi violin concerto on the trumpet, and there’s a beautiful performance of Debussy’s Reverie by the harpist Xavier de Maistre.

Vittorio Monti
Czardas
Clarinet: Martin Fröst
Piano: Roland Pontinen

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major Opus 61
Piano: Dejan Lazic
Gordan Nikolic conducts the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Samuel Barber
Adagio for Strings
Stephen Layton conducts Polyphony

Antonin Dvořák
Cello Concerto in B minor Opus 104
Viola: David Aaron Carpenter
Kazushi Ono conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in A minor RV.356
Alison Balsom leads the Scottish Ensemble from the trumpet

Claude Debussy
Reverie
Harp: Xavier de Maistre

Wednesday 20 June – A journey through the Channel Tunnel 

On this day 25 years ago, a high-speed train made the first journey between England and France via the Channel Tunnel. To mark the occasion, Rob Cowan plays some of the finest French music, performed by British soloists, orchestras and conductors.

Tonight’s concert springs into action with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s recording of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, followed by Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No.2 performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. We’ll also hear music by Ravel, Berlioz, Satie, Saint-Saens and Debussy, performed by the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Chloe Hanslip and pianist Joanna MacGregor.

Paul Dukas
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Louis Fremaux conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Erik Satie
3 Gymnopedies
Piano: Joanna MacGregor

Gabriel Fauré
Elegie Opus 24
Cello: Julian Lloyd Webber
Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Georges Bizet
L'Arlesienne Suite No.2
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Maurice Ravel
Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte
Clarinet: Emma Johnson
Julian Reynolds conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

François Couperin
Pieces en Concert
Cello: Corinne Morris
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saëns
Suite pour Orchestre Opus 49
Douglas Bostock conducts the Chamber Philharmonic of Bohemia

Benjamin Godard
Concerto Romantique Opus 35
Violin: Chloe Hanslip
Kirk Trevor conducts the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday 21 June – Homages 

Tonight, Catherine Bott showcases music where composers have adapted, arranged and progressed works which they admired and respected.

Tonight’s concert opens with a Classic FM Hall of Fame favourite, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, followed by Rachmaninov’s masterful transformation of a simple theme by Paganini.

We’ll also hear two works inspired by Mozart: the first, Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.4, which uses themes from some of his solo piano works and was composed on the 100th anniversary of the first performance of his opera Don Giovanni, perfectly transitioning to the second, Chopin’s Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’, which was inspired by lyrics from the same opera.

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Pinchas Zukerman conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini
Piano: Daniil Trifonov
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Suite No.4 in G major Opus 61(‘Mozartiana’)
Evgeny Svetlanov conducts the Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Maurice Ravel
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Bernard Haitink conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’
Piano: Ku Woo Paik
Antoni Wit conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Friday 22 June – Pop goes Classical

Catherine Bott presents a concert filled with pop and rock hits from throughout the decades, but with a classical twist!

Tonight’s concert opens with Rick Wakeman’s arrangement of the legendary David Bowie’s Life on Mars, followed by Tolga Kashif’s orchestral interpretations of the music of Queen.

We’ll also hear other classical arrangements of legendary melodies from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, plus a rather fitting ending to the evening: Benny Andersson’s piano arrangement of ABBA’s Thank You For The Music.

David Bowie
Life On Mars
Piano: Rick Wakeman

Tolga Kashif
The Queen Symphony
Tolga Kashif conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Bryan Adams
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
James Morgan conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

John Rutter
Beatles Concerto
Pianos: Paul Schaefer & Peter Rostal
John Rutter conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Christina Perri
A Thousand Years
Harp: Claire Jones
Stuart Morley conducts the Claire Jones String Ensemble

Jimmy Page/Robert Plant
Stairway to Heaven
Peter Scholes conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

ABBA
Thank You For The Music
Piano: Benny Andersson

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