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.


Thursday 23rd May

The Works That Made Them Famous

Tonight, Catherine Bott presents an evening of works which helped their composers rise to fame.

We begin with Humperdinck, who is largely known for a single work: his operatic adaptation of Hansel & Gretel. Beautiful Spanish guitar music follows, courtesy of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, the composer’s best-known work. Its success established his reputation as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the 20th century.

Catherine also features the Italian Baroque composer Domenico Zipoli and his work for oboe, cello, organ and strings, Elevazione; Ravel’s Bolero; Litolff’s Concerto Symphonique No.4; and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which shot to fame after its use in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia.

Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel & Gretel – Overture
Colin Davis conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden

Joaquin Rodrigo
Concierto de Aranjuez
Guitar: Milos Karadaglic
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Domenico Zipoli
Gordon Hunt leads the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

Maurice Ravel
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Henry Litolff
Concerto Symphonique No.4 in D minor
Piano: Peter Donohoe
Andrew Litton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Paul Dukas
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Leonard Slatkin conducts the National Orchestra of France


Friday 24th May

Music by Numbers

Many composers had a fascination with numbers and codes, from the famous Fibonacci sequence to musical cryptograms, as well as spelling out their own names in musical notes. In tonight’s ‘Music by Numbers’-themed Full Works Concert, Catherine Bott begins with the overture to Mozart’s final opera and reveals how it is laden with numerical symbolism and imagery.

Bach was also enthralled with numbers and codes. By replacing each letter with its number in the alphabet, Bach’s name can be translated into 2+1+3+8=14, spelling out a series of musical notes. He often employed this sequence in his pieces, as if he was musically signing his work, as well as elsewhere in his life.

Schumann, too, was an inveterate user of musical cryptograms, and it has been claimed that Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 was influenced by the golden section of the Fibonacci sequence. To round off our concert, Catherine features Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations, the naming of which has generated much speculation, but never been answered.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Magic Flute – Overture
Claudio Abbado conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Violin Concerto in E major BWV.1042
Daniel Lozakovich leads the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra from the violin

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.5 in C minor Opus 67
Simon Rattle conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Robert Schumann
Kinderszenen Opus 15
Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Edward Elgar
Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36
(‘Enigma Variations’)
Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra


Monday 27th May

Classic FM's Movie Music Monday

All day, we’ve been celebrating the very best film scores from across the last 70 years – and tonight, Rob Cowan presents two hours of suites from some of the greatest film music to have featured on the big screen.

Rob begins our concert with a new recording of John Williams’ score for E.T., performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. Film scores old and new feature throughout the evening, including a suite of music by Ennio Morricone from his various collaborations with the Italian director Sergio Leone.

Further highlights include the 1941 British film Dangerous Moonlight, most famous for its score by Richard Addinsell, and Korngold’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, which marked the first time an Oscar was awarded to the composer rather than the head of the studio music department.

Plenty more award-winning works feature, including James Horner’s music for Titanic, which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (the most successful score of the composer’s career, earning three Academy Awards, two Golden Globes and three Grammys).

John Williams
E.T. – Adventures on Earth
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Ennio Morricone
Sergio Leone – Suite
Cello: Yo-Yo Ma
Ennio Morricone conducts the Rome Sinfonietta

Richard Addinsell
Dangerous Moonlight: Warsaw Concerto
Piano: Roderick Elms
Jose Serebrier conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Howard Shore
Lord of the Rings – Suite
Flute: James Galway
Klauspeter Seibel conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Adventures of Robin Hood – Symphonic Suite
Malcolm Nabarro conducts the East of England Orchestra

Rachel Portman
Emma – End Titles
Rachel Portman conducts a studio orchestra

James Horner
Titanic – Suite
Soprano: Sissel
Choristers of King’s College, Cambridge
London Symphony Orchestra

Max Steiner
Casablanca – Suite
Charles Gerhardt conducts a studio orchestra

Johann Strauss Junior
By the Beautiful Blue Danube Opus 314
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Tuesday 28th May

Classic FM's Guide to the Orchestra – Strings

The orchestra is one of the cornerstones of classical music and over the next four evenings on Classic FM, we explore each of the four sections of a typical symphony orchestra: strings, brass, woodwind and percussion.

Tonight, Jane Jones begins our survey with the string section. We’ll hear music written for the cello and violin by Bach and Beethoven respectively, as well as a beautiful arrangement of a cello work performed on the viola.

Elgar’s Serenade in E minor for Strings demonstrates the delicateness of the string section, while Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, which opens tonight’s concert, shows a more energetic side to these instruments.

Gioachino Rossini
William Tell – Overture
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major Opus 61
Violin: Pinchas Zukerman
Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Elgar
Serenade in E minor for Strings Opus 20
Pinchas Zukerman conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei Opus 47
(arranged for viola and orchestra)
Viola: Yuri Bashmet
Neeme Jarvi conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
String Symphony No.10 in B minor
Concerto Cologne

Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No.1 in G major BWV.1007
Cello: Yo-Yo Ma


Wednesday 29th May

Classic FM's Guide to the Orchestra – Brass

This week on Classic FM, we explore the four sections of the orchestra: strings, brass, woodwind and percussion. Last night, Jane Jones began our survey of the orchestra with the string section and tonight, she shines the spotlight on the mighty brass.

Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto was dedicated to the inventor of the keyed trumpet, Anton Weidinger. We’ll also hear how Russian composers favoured brass instruments to inject power into their works, courtesy of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and the distinctive opening motif of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. These works are contrasted with the lighter approach taken by Mozart’s father, Leopold, who wrote a concerto for the lesser-heard brass soloist: the trombonist.

Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
Trumpet: Jeffrey Segal
David Zinman conducts the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade Opus 35
Seiji Ozawa conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Leopold Mozart
Trombone Concerto in G major
Alain Trudel leads the Royal Northern Sinfonia from the trombone

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Thursday 30th May

Classic FM's Guide to the Orchestra – Woodwind

Tonight, Catherine Bott shines the spotlight on the woodwind family.

Our concert opens with Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune, perfectly demonstrating the beauty of the flute. Richard Strauss’s Serenade in E-flat and Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, meanwhile, are filled to the brim with passages for wind instruments.

Catherine also features Sibelius’s The Swan of Tuonela, where the cor anglais has a rare-occasion to shine; Camilleri’s Concertino No.1 for Clarinet & Strings; and a lesser-known work for bassoon by Julius Fucik. James Galway treats us to a Jamaican rumba on the flute and we hear an oboe concerto by the German composer Lebrun, who was an oboe player himself.

To round off the evening, Catherine plays a classical work for the saxophone, instantly recognisable to fans of Hercules Poirot.

Claude Debussy
Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune
Bernard Haitink conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Jean Sibelius
The Swan of Tuonela Opus 22 No.3
Cor Anglais: Jukka Hirvikangas
Osmo Vanska conducts the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Arthur Benjamin
Jamaican Rumba
Flute: James Galway
Daniel Measham conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Incidental Music
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Ludwig August Lebrun
Oboe Concerto No.7 in F major
Oboe: Kurt Meier
Howard Griffiths conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Richard Strauss
Serenade in E-flat major
Winds of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Julius Fucik
The Bear with a Sore Head
Bassoon: Alan Pendlebury
Libor Pesek conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Camilleri
Concertino No.1 for Clarinet & Strings
Clarinet: David Campbell
Julian Clayton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Gunning
Poirot – Main Theme
Amy Dickson leads a studio orchestra from the saxophone


Friday 31st May

Classic FM's Guide to the Orchestra – Percussion

All week on Classic FM, we’ve been celebrating the orchestra and tonight, it’s time for the percussion section to take centre stage.

Catherine Bott begins tonight’s concert with the mighty timpani in Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, contrasted with a lighter performance by Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie alongside pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque in Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.

Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance evokes pictures of percussionists running around on stage to play as many instruments as possible, while the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 is filled with cymbal crashes. Catherine ends with Haydn’s ‘Military’ symphony, in which the composer featured several percussion instruments not typically used in the orchestras of his time, including the triangle, hand cymbals and bass drum.

Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man
Antal Dorati conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saens
Carnival of the Animals
Percussion: Evelyn Glennie
Pianos: Katia Labeque and Marielle Labeque
Violin: Viktoria Mullova
Viola: Yuri Bashmet
Cello: Mischa Maisky

Aram Khachaturian
Sabre Dance
Eugene Ormandy conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.4 in F minor Opus 36
Andrew Litton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

John Philip Sousa
The Liberty Bell
Kristjan Jarvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.100 in G major
Howard Shelley conducts the Swiss-Italian Orchestra


Monday 3rd June

Classic FM's American Road Trip – Los Angeles

This week on Classic FM, we’re going Stateside. Over the next five nights, we’re travelling across America to hear from the country’s greatest orchestras – and tonight, Jane Jones begins our road trip on the west coast as she showcases the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, who celebrate their centenary in 2019. Their forward-thinking approach has earned them the label of “the most creative, and, therefore, the best orchestra in America".

We begin with the orchestra under the Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini and a recording of music by Schumann, taken from a new boxset of the conductor’s complete recordings for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. Later in the programme, we hear from two other previous Music Directors: Zubin Mehta and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

We also look to the future generation of conductors nurtured by the LA Phil. At the age of 21, conductor Lionel Bringuier took up the post of assistant conductor at the orchestra and later became their first ever resident conductor. Tonight, we hear him conduct Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.9 alongside pianist Yuja Wang.

The orchestra’s current Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel, who celebrates 10 years with the LA Phil this year, treats us to music from the new album Celebrating John Williams, recorded earlier this year at Walt Disney Concert Hall. By means of an encore, the Venezuelan conductor joins forces with the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez, to perform a Mexican favourite.

Robert Schumann
Manfred Overture Opus 115
Carlo Maria Giulini conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat major K.271
Piano: Yuja Wang
Lionel Bringuier conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

John Williams
Hook – Flight to Neverland
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saens
Symphony No.3 in C minor Opus 78
Organ: Anita Priest
Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude & Fugue in E-flat major BWV.552 (arranged for orchestra)
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Agustin Lara
Tenor: Juan Diego Florez
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra


Tuesday 4th June

Classic FM's American Road Trip – Chicago

Tonight, Classic FM’s American road trip continues as Jane Jones ventures over to the east coast and checks-in to Chicago.

Two legendary conductors, Daniel Barenboim and Georg Solti, begin our showcase of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Barenboim is at the helm for Wagner’s overture to his 1845 opera, Tannhäuser, and we hear the orchestra in full flow under Georg Solti, who has over thirty Grammy Awards under his belt, as he conducts Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with Vladimir Ashkenazy as the soloist.

The second half of tonight’s concert begins with one of the Principal Guest Conductors of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: the Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini. Last month would have been Giulini’s 105th birthday and tonight, we hear a recent re-release of his recording of Schubert’s ‘Tragic’ Symphony.

Richard Wagner
Tannhäuser – Overture
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major Opus 73
Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.4 in C minor D.417
Carlo Maria Giulini conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Romeo & Juliet
Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Wednesday 5th June

Classic FM's American Road Trip – Boston, Baltimore & Philadelphia

Tonight, Jane Jones takes a musical journey to Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore, featuring a host of fantastic performances from these vibrant cities.

A 2018 recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 by the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Russian soloist Daniil Trifonov, opens tonight’s concert. We also hear from Boston Baroque, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto features Isaac Stern and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. Ozawa was Music Director of the BSO for 29 years, the longest tenure of any BSO conductor, and still holds the title of BSO Music Director Laureate.

Marin Alsop, the first female Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducts Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations, and to round off the evening, our encore is led by Eugene Ormandy, whose 44-year association with the Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the longest enjoyed by any conductor with a single orchestra.

Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Opus 18
Piano: Daniil Trifonov
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in F major Opus 6 No.9
Martin Perlman conducts Boston Baroque

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor Opus 64
Violin: Isaac Stern
Seiji Ozawa conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
Symphonic Variations Opus 78
Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Johann Strauss Junior
Wine, Woman and Song Opus 333
Eugene Ormandy conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra


Thursday 6th June

Classic FM's American Road Trip – New York

Tonight, Catherine Bott features one of the oldest orchestras from across the Pond: the New York Philharmonic.

Our concert begins with the orchestra’s current Music Director, Jaap van Zweden, conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No.7. We’ll then hear the story of how a young Leonard Bernstein became the first American-born-and-trained conductor to head the New York Philharmonic at incredibly short notice, and without any rehearsal!

The second half of tonight’s concert features two previous Music Directors: Zubin Mehta and Kurt Masur. Mehta conducts An American in Paris by Gershwin, while Masur and soloist Elisabeth Leonskaja feature in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.2.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.7 in A major Opus 92
Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Emmanuel Chabrier
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.2 in G major Opus 44
Piano: Elisabeth Leonskaja
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

George Gershwin
An American in Paris
Zubin Mehta conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra


Friday 7th June

Classic FM's American Road Trip – Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati

All this week on Classic FM, we’ve been celebrating America’s greatest orchestras and to round off the week, Catherine Bott features four fine American orchestras.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra open tonight’s concert, conducted by Jesus Lopez Cobos, who held the position of Music Director for 15 years. Mitsuko Uchida joins the Cleveland Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.18, before the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and their current Principal Music Director, Leonard Slatkin, treat us to a complete performance of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2.

Finally, we hear from Itzhak Perlman and Andre Previn with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, for a dazzling performance of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen.

Richard Wagner
Rienzi – Overture
Jesus Lopez Cobos conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.18 in C minor K.491
Mitsuko Uchida leads the Cleveland Orchestra from the keyboard

Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 in E minor Opus 27
Leonard Slatkin conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Pablo de Sarasate
Zigeunerweisen Opus 20
Violin: Itzhak Perlman
Andre Previn conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra


Monday 10th June

Celebrating Mozart

Tonight, Jane Jones hosts the exclusive broadcast of a recent concert at St John’s, Smith Square in London, from Michael Collins and the London Mozart Players – an ensemble that celebrates its 70th birthday this year.

Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto was completed just two months before his death and is considered one of his greatest works. Though often played on the clarinet, tonight, Michael Collins performs the work on the instrument it was originally written for: the sonorous basset clarinet.

The London Mozart Players also perform two Mozart symphonies: No.34 and his final symphony, No.41, nicknamed ‘Jupiter’.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Concerto in A major K.622
Michael Collins leads the London Mozart Players from the basset clarinet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.34 in C major K.338
Michael Collins conducts the London Mozart Players

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.41 in C major K.551
Michael Collins conducts the London Mozart Players


Tuesday 11th June

Musical Birds

Our concert begins with Rossini’s overture for The Thieving Magpie: an opera which tells the story of a servant accused of stealing a silver spoon, but at the last minute, his master’s magpie is found to be the true culprit. Handel, on the other hand, opted for a more literal approach to emulating birds in musical language as he attempted to imitate birdsong in his Organ Concerto in F.

Despite the works being written around 190 years apart, Italian composer Respighi followed in Handel’s footsteps and tried to transcribe birdsong into music. Respighi’s work has five sections: Prelude, The Dove, The Hen, The Nightingale and The Cuckoo. Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford’s beautiful setting of a short poem, The Blue Bird by Mary Coleridge, also features, as does a concerto for two violins by Vivaldi, about which music historian Charles Burney said: “[it] was the making of every player on the violin, who could mount into the clouds and imitate not only the flight, but the whistling notes of birds”. Jane Jones presents.

Gioachino Rossini
The Thieving Magpie – Overture
Yehudi Menuhin conducts Sinfonia Varsovia

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Andrew Litton conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

George Frideric Handel
Organ Concerto in F major HWV.295
(‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’)
Organ: Simon Preston
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Catriona McKay
The Swan
Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.83 in G minor
(‘The Hen’)
Harry Christophers conducts the Handel & Haydn Society

Ottorino Respighi
The Birds
Claudio Scimone conducts I Solisti Veneti

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in A major for 2 Violins Opus 3 RV.519
Violins: Nigel Kennedy & Daniel Stabrawa
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Villiers Stanford
The Blue Bird
Edward Higginbottom conducts the Choir of New College, Oxford


Wednesday 12th June

Forgotten Talent

Jane Jones shines the spotlight on a selection of forgotten composers who may not feature on the ‘A-list’, but whose music is still well worth discovering.

Tonight’s concert begins with a new recording of music by Antonio Salieri, known as much for his music as for being accused of poisoning Mozart. Jane also gives listeners an insight into the life of Hubert Parry, who, after hearing the latest symphonies by the likes of Wagner, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann, took on the challenge of writing his first.

Other lesser-known gems include a romance for violin by Johann Svendsen, music by Mozart’s youngest son, and a clarinet quintet by the German composer Andreas Jakob Romberg.

Antonio Salieri
Palmira, Queen of Persia – Overture
Christian Benda conducts the Prague Sinfonia

Johann Svendsen
Romance in G major Opus 26
Violin: Marianne Thornsen
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Xaver Mozart
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Opus 14
Howard Shelley leads the St. Gall Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard

Hubert Parry
Symphony No.1 in G major
William Boughton conducts the English Symphony Orchestra

Andreas Jakob Romberg
Clarinet Quintet in E-flat major Opus 57
Clarinet: Thea King
Britten Quartet


Thursday 13th June

Don't Give Up The Day Job

It’s hard being stuck at work when the warmer weather appears but count yourself lucky: tonight, Catherine Bott features a selection of composers had not one, but two or more jobs!

We begin with Verdi who, as well as being one of the most prominent composers of opera, also worked as a politician and farmer. Our concert includes music by a previous Prime Minister of Poland; a famous Baroque composer who also served as a priest; a butcher’s delivery boy; a model; and a composer who seems to have been a jack-of-all-trades, working as a taxi driver, removal man and plumber!

Catherine also features Holst’s St.Paul’s Suite, which takes its name from St.Paul’s Girls’ School in London, where the composer served as music master from 1905 to 1934. The suite is one of many pieces he wrote for the school’s students.

Giuseppe Verdi
La Forza del Destino – Overture
Riccardo Chailly conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra

Eric Whitacre
Stephen Layton conducts Polyphony

Gustav Holst
St.Paul’s Suite Opus 29 No.2
Owain Arwel Hughes conducts Camerata Wales

Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 17
Piano: Karol Radziwonowicz
Roland Bader conduct the Cracrow Philharmonic Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in A minor RV.552
Andrew Manze conducts the Academy of Ancient Music

Philip Glass
Violin Concerto
Violin: Gidon Kremer
Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

David Bowie
Space Oddity
Piano: Rick Wakeman


Friday 14th June

Father's Day

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, so tonight, Catherine Bott features some of classical music’s most famous father-son composing duos, as well as composers who struggled with their paternal relationships.

Our concert opens with the drumroll of Johann Strauss Senior’s Radetzky March, before his son takes centre stage with Tales from the Vienna Woods. The legendary status of Carl Philip Emanuel Bach’s father didn’t deter him from writing sublime music: we’ll hear his Sinfonia Concertante in C, after a keyboard concerto from the father of all music.

Beethoven’s relationship with his father, meanwhile, was rocky to say the least: despite Beethoven Senior being his son’s first music teacher, he relied heavily on alcohol and took his violent temper out on the young Ludwig when his playing wasn’t up to scratch. The centrepiece of tonight’s concert is the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 (‘Eroica’), under Manfred Honeck.

Johann Strauss Senior
Radetzky March Opus 228
Christian Thielemann conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Strauss Junior
Tales from the Vienna Woods Opus 325
Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.3 in E-flat major Opus 55
Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto in F minor BWV.1056
Piano: Andrei Gavrilov
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sinfonia Concertante in C major T.289 No.4
Flute: Rachel Brown
Oboe: Frank de Bruine
Cello: David Watkin
Simon Standage directs the Academy of Ancient Music from the violin

Alfred Newman
All About Eve – Suite
William Stromberg conducts the Moscow Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Newman
Tolkien – Fellowship
A studio orchestra

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