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 22nd October

Brahms Symphony No.1

Over the next four evenings, Classic FM offers listeners the opportunity to hear exclusive recordings of all four Brahms symphonies, played in full by the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, which is considered to be one of the most important Italian symphonic orchestras of our time. Founded in 2002, the ensemble carries on the musical traditions of Niccolo Paganini and the great maestro Arturo Toscanini. The Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini is conducted by the young British conductor Alpesh Chauhan, who has been mentored by the likes of Andris Nelsons and Edward Gardner.

Tonight, Jane Jones features a recording of the Symphony No.1, which Brahms himself claims to have taken 21 years to complete. Brahms’s reputation and status as a composer enabled him to be grouped as one of the “Three Bs” of music alongside Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven and tonight, we’ll hear from both of those great composers. Plus, music by Handel and Mozart; a composer who influenced Brahms from the early age of 10; and the Serenade for Strings by Elgar, who greatly admired Brahms’s work.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Fidelio – Overture
Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

George Frideric Handel
Oboe Concerto No.1 in B-flat major HWV.301
Trumpet: Alison Balsom
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Edward Elgar
Serenade in E minor for Strings Opus 20
Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.1 in C minor Opus 68
Alpesh Chauhan conducts the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Sonata No.26 in B-flat major
Violin: Itzhak Perlman
Piano: Daniel Barenboim

Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude & Fugue in E-flat major BWV.552
(‘St. Anne’)
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra


Tuesday 23rd October

Brahms Symphony No.2

This week on Classic FM, listeners have the opportunity to hear all four Brahms symphonies, played in full by the young Italian orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, led by the British conductor Alpesh Chauhan.

Brahms’s evergreen Symphony No.2, which was premiered in Vienna in 1877, is the centrepiece of tonight’s concert. During an earlier stay in the city, Brahms became particularly interested in the music of Schubert and tonight’s Full Works Concert opens with his ‘Unfinished’ Symphony. Jane Jones presents.

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.8 in B minor D.759
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Opus 22
Piano: Kun Woo Paik
Antoni Wit conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.2 in D major Opus 73
Alpesh Chauhan conducts the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Flute Concerto in D minor H.425
Flute: Rachel Brown
Roy Goodman conducts the Brandenburg Consort

Wednesday 24th October

Brahms Symphony No.3

All this week on Classic FM we’re giving listeners the opportunity to hear exclusive recordings of all four Brahms symphonies, played the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini under Alpesh Chauhan – and tonight, Jane Jones features his Symphony No.3.

Eduard Hanslick, a friend of Brahms and an influential music critic, once said: “Many music lovers will prefer the titanic force of the First Symphony; others, the untroubled charm of the Second, but the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.”

Jane also features music by other friends, contemporaries and influences on Brahms, including Morning Papers by Johann Strauss Junior, who became a close friend; a piano work by Domenico Scarlatti, a composer whose works Brahms closely studied; and Schumann’s uplifting Symphony No.2.

Johann Strauss Junior
Morning Papers
Willi Boskovsky conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in D minor for 2 violins BWV.1043
Violins: Anne-Sophie Mutter & Salvatore Accardo
English Chamber Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.3 in F major Opus 90
Alpesh Chauhan conducts the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D minor Kk.64
Piano: Angela Hewitt

Robert Schumann
Symphony No.2 in C major Opus 61
Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Thursday 25th October

Brahms Symphony No.4

This week, Classic FM has treated listeners to each of Brahms’s symphonies performed by the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. Founded in 2002, the ensemble is considered to be one of the most important Italian symphonic orchestras of our time and has performed under direction by some of the world’s leading conductors. Tonight, we hear them under Alpesh Chauhan, a young British conductor who has already performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, performing Brahms’s fourth and final symphony.

There are also works by composers who influenced Brahms, including Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.3. Plus, we hear from Clara Schumann, who Brahms worked closely with for several years. Catherine Bott presents.

Frederic Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Opus 11
Piano: Maria-Joao Pires
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.4 in E minor Opus 98
Alpesh Chauhan conducts the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Horn Concerto No.3 in E-flat major K.447
Horn: Roger Montgomery
Margaret Faultless conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Clara Schumann
3 Romances for Violin & Piano Opus 22
Violin: Lisa Batiashvili
Piano: Alice Sara Ott

Friday 26th October

Live from the Royal Albert Hall: John Williams in Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra

For the first time in 20 years, tonight, John Williams returns to the UK to conduct his iconic film scores in a very special concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The once-in-a-lifetime event sold out in a few minutes, so tonight, Catherine Bott and Andrew Collins give listeners who were not lucky enough to get tickets the opportunity to hear it live on Classic FM, in an exclusive broadcast.

In an evening that will take you on a journey through some of the most successful movie music in living memory, John Williams is reunited with the London Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble that recorded his 1977 masterpiece Star Wars: A New Hope, among other acclaimed scores, such as Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Schindler’s List.

During the course of this special broadcast, we’ll also hear from the composer himself, as he reflects on his life and extraordinary career to date.


Monday 29th October

Outer Space

Tonight, Jane Jones takes listeners on a musical journey – to infinity and beyond!

Our concert features two very special recordings by Edward Gardner and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: Holst’s monumental work The Planets performed in its entirety with the CBSO Youth Chorus, and Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, famously used in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Also tonight: James Horner’s score for Apollo 13, two very different scores for Star Trek, and Rick Wakeman’s piano arrangement of David Bowie’s hit, Space Oddity.

James Horner
Apollo 13 – The Launch
Joel McNeely conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Gustav Holst
The Planets Opus 32
Edward Gardner conducts the CBSO Youth Chorus and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

David Bowie
Space Oddity
Piano: Rick Wakeman

Richard Strauss
Also Sprach Zarathustra Opus 30
Edward Gardner conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Jerry Goldsmith
Star Trek – Main Title
John Williams conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

Michael Giacchino
Star Trek – Main Theme
Michael Giacchino conducts a studio orchestra


Tuesday 30th October

Unexplained Deaths

Calling all murder mystery fans: tonight, Jane Jones has a number of puzzles for you to solve, as she plays music written by composers whose cause of death has remained unsolved for centuries.

Just nine days after the premiere of Tchaikovsky’s highly personal and autobiographical Symphony No.6, the composer was found dead. With causes of death varying from a ‘fateful sip of unboiled water’ to suicide, it’s never been proven why the great composer died. Tonight, Jane features the work in full performed by the Kirov Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.

Henry Purcell, meanwhile, is rumoured to have died because his wife locked him out their home after one too many late nights out. And the French-Italian composer Jean-Marie Leclair was found stabbed to death by an unknown assailant, leaving some to suspect it was the work of his estranged wife.

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

Henry Purcell
‘When I am laid in earth’ from Dido and Aeneas
Soprano: Anne Sofie von Otter
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

Cesar Franck
Violin Sonata in A major
(arranged for cello and piano)
Cello: Jacqueline du Pre
Piano: Daniel Barenboim

Edward MacDowell
To a Wild Rose
Ronald Corp conducts the New London Orchestra

Charles-Valentin Alkan
Nocturne No.2
Piano: Bernard Ringeissen

Jean-Marie Leclair
Violin Sonata in A minor Opus 5 No.7
Violin: Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Simon Standage conducts Collegium Musicum 90


Wednesday 31st October


As witching hour approaches, Jane Jones begins tonight’s concert with some of the scariest, spookiest and strangest music this Halloween.

Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D minor, which has been used in several classic horror films over the decades, opens tonight’s concert. We’ll also hear Saint-Saens’s musical tale of Death, played by a violinist, who makes the dead rise from their graves; Mussorgsky’s frightening masterpiece A Night on Bare Mountain; Beethoven’s spine-tingling ‘Moonlight’ sonata; and a spellbinding piece by Philip Dukas.

As we draw closer to midnight, Jane features some more relaxing music for those opting to stay indoors and pretend not to be at home this evening, including a work by Handel; Geoffrey Burgon’s choral work Nunc Dimittis, which was used in a television adaptation of John le Carre’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Mozart’s first flute concerto, and finally Arvo Part’s Spiegel im Spiegel to ease us into Smooth Classics.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV.565
Organ: Simon Preston

Camille Saint-Saens
Danse Macabre Opus 40
Violin: Gil Shaham
Piano: Jonathan Feldman

Modest Mussorgsky
A Night on the Bare Mountain
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Opus 27
Piano: Stephen Hough

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

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in B minor Opus 6 No.12
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Geoffrey Burgon
Nunc Dimittis
Matthew Owens conducts the Choir of Wells Cathedral

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute Concerto No.1 in G major K.313
Flute: Juliette Bausor
Jaime Martin conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Arvo Part
Spiegel im Spiegel
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Piano: Alexei Grynyuk


Thursday 1st November

Moustache Music

It’s 1st November, which marks the start of ‘Movember’ – an annual event involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Tonight, Catherine Bott dons her fake moustache and features music written by the hairiest composers in the business!

Many would agree that Sir Karl Jenkins has the greatest moustache of any living composer, so we begin tonight’s concert with his breakthrough work, Adiemus. We’ll also hear from Grieg, who was the proud owner of a handlebar moustache; Elgar’s Symphony No.1, played by the same orchestra that premiered the work almost 110 years ago; and music from Johann Strauss Senior and Junior, the latter of whom arguably outdid his father when it came to his moustache-growing credentials, as well as his musical output.

Karl Jenkins
Soloists: Mary Carewe & Miriam Stockley
Karl Jenkins conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Edvard Grieg
Holberg Suite Opus 40
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Claude Debussy
Arabesques Nos.1 & 2
Piano: Pascal Roge

Edward Elgar
Symphony No.1 in A-flat major Opus 55
Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra

Johann Strauss Junior
Voices of Spring Opus 410
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Strauss Senior
Marien Waltz Opus 212
Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Friday 2nd November

Tomorrow marks the 130th anniversary of the premiere of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, so tonight, Catherine Bott treats listeners to the composer’s most popular work, played in full by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Catherine also features Vaughan Williams’ most famous work for military band, his English Folksongs Suite; Beethoven’s Romance No.2 for violin; a beautiful choral work sung by Voces8; and two contrasting works for the piano by Classical composers John Field and Joseph Haydn.

Ralph Vaughan Williams
English Folksongs Suite
James Judd conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Romance No.2 in F major Opus 50
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Maria von Weber
Clarinet Concertino in E-flat major Opus 26
Clarinet: Colin Lawson
Roy Goodman conducts the Hanover Band

John Field
Nocturne No.16 in F major
Piano: Micael O’Rourke
Matthias Bamert conducts the London Mozart Players

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade Opus 35
Alexander Lazarev conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Morten Lauridsen
O Nata Lux

Joseph Haydn
Keyboard Concerto in G major Hob.XVIII:4
Piano: Marc-Andre Hamelin
Bernard Labadie conducts Les Violons du Roy


Monday 5th November

Winter Premieres

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which has been used in several television programmes and films over the decades – most notably the 1986 film Platoon – was premiered in New York on this day in 1938, with the great conductor Arturo Toscanini on the podium. To mark the 80th anniversary of this emotional work, tonight, Jane Jones opens the Full Works Concert with a new recording of it by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

November also marks premieres for several other classical favourites, including Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2, which both saw the composers at the keyboard. Another November work played in full tonight is Beethoven’s Symphony No.4, given its first public performance in Vienna – eight months after its private premiere.

Samuel Barber
Adagio for Strings
James Morgan conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Opus 43
Piano: Yuja Wang
Claudio Abbado conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.4 in B-flat major Opus 60
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major Opus 83
Piano: Adam Laloum
Kazuki Yamada conducts the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


Tuesday 6th November

Celebrating Tchaikovsky

The legendary Russian composer Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky died on this day in 1893, so tonight, Jane Jones celebrates the life and music of the great composer, 125 years after his death.

Our concert is bookended by two great works: Tchaikovsky’s ballet suite for The Sleeping Beauty and his Symphony No.5, which was premiered 130 years ago this month.

We’ll also hear a new recording of a favourite by Massenet and a piano work by Schumann, both composers who influenced Tchaikovsky, as well as music from Delibes’ ballet Sylvia, which is said to have inspired The Sleeping Beauty.

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
The Sleeping Beauty – Suite
Alexander Lazarev conducts the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra

Robert Schumann
Romance Opus 28 No.2
Piano: Wilhelm Kempff

Leo Delibes
Sylvia – Ballet Suite
Ondrej Lenard conducts the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jules Massenet
Thais – Meditation
Cello: Mischa Maisky
Piano: Lily Maisky

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.5 in E minor Opus 64
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra


Wednesday 7th November

A Night with Manchester Camerata

Manchester Camerata has opened the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, performed in a diverse range of settings from concert halls to care homes, and been labelled as ‘probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’. To celebrate their first release on the Chandos record label, Jane Jones treats listeners to performances from their new Mozart recording, alongside two other great works.

Tonight’s concert opens with the French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.15, considered to be one of his most difficult concertos for the piano. Later in the programme, we’ll also hear Mozart’s Piano Quintet in E-flat, about which Mozart wrote to his father that “I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life.” Meanwhile, the centrepiece of tonight’s programme is one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works, his ‘Eroica’ symphony.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.15 in D major K.450
Piano: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts Manchester Camerata

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.3 in E-flat major Opus 55
Douglas Boyd conducts Manchester Camerata

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento in B-flat major K.317
Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts Manchester Camerata

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Quintet in E-flat major K.452
Piano: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Oboe: Rachael Clegg
Clarinet: Fiona Cross
Horn: Naomi Atherton
Bassoon: Ben Hudson
Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts Manchester Camerata


Thursday 8th November

The Key of D Major

The key of D major is considered to be ‘the key of glory’ and tonight, Catherine Bott features a range of triumphant and majestic music in that very key signature.

Our concert begins with Handel’s prestigious Zadok the Priest, written for the coronation of King George II in 1727, followed by Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4, which the composer originally wrote for himself. We’ll also hear Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No.1, which was later reworked for his Coronation Ode for King Edward VII in 1902, and Vivaldi’s famous Gloria.

George Frideric Handel
Zadok the Priest
Stephen Layton conducts the Academy of Ancient Music & Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No.4 in D major K.218
Violin: Rachel Barton Pine
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Edward Elgar
Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 in D major Opus 39
Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra

Georg-Philipp Telemann
Trumpet Concerto in D major
Trumpet: Rolf Smedvig
Jahja Ling conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.2 in D major Opus 36
Mariss Jansons conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi
Gloria in D major RV.589
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir


Friday 9th November

The Elgar Violin Concerto

Elgar’s Violin Concerto has the reputation of being one of the most challenging works in the repertoire and tonight, Catherine Bott gives listeners the opportunity to hear the work in full, performed by Nigel Kennedy and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

The perfect pairing of Rattle and the CBSO also opens tonight’s concert with Ravel’s most famous composition, Bolero, followed by Sibelius’s The Swan of Tuonela, where the voice of the swan is depicted by the solo cor anglais. And to celebrate the composer Ennio Morricone’s 90th birthday tomorrow, Catherine features some of his most famous film scores, including The Mission, Cinema Paradiso and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

Maurice Ravel
Simon Rattle conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Jean Sibelius
The Swan of Tuonela Opus 22 No.3
Cor Anglais: Hege Sellevag
Andrew Davis conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Ennio Morricone
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Theme
Ennio Morricone conducts the Czech National Orchestra

Ennio Morricone
Lady Caliph
Angele Dubeau leads La Pieta from the violin

Edward Elgar
Violin Concerto in B minor Opus 61
Violin: Nigel Kennedy
Simon Rattle conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Ennio Morricone
The Mission – Suite
Paul Bateman conducts the City of Prague Philharmonic and Crouch End Festival Choir

Ennio Morricone
Cinema Paradiso
Clarinet: Emma Johnson
Violin: Rolf Wilson
Piano: John Lenehan



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