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.

 

Friday 15th March

The Six Nations

Tomorrow is ‘Super Saturday’: the final day of the Six Nations Championship, the annual rugby union competition contested by the national teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. 2019 marks the twentieth Six Nations Championship, and the 125th edition of the competition, and tonight, Catherine Bott presents her very own musical six nations.

We’ll begin with music from the country that kicked off this year’s tournament: France. We’ll then pay a visit to current champions Ireland, before heading over to England with music by Hubert Parry. In the second half of the concert, Catherine celebrates Italy, Scotland and Wales, with music by Verdi, Hamish MacCunn and Paul Mealor.

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Pigmalion – Overture
Christophe Rousset conducts Les Talens Lyriques

John Field
Piano Concerto No.6 in C major
Piano: Micael O’Rourke
Matthias Bamert conducts the London Mozart Players

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

Giuseppe Verdi
Grand March
Claudio Abbado conducts the Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan

Hamish MacCunn
Highland Memories Opus 30
John Wilson conducts the Royal Ballet Sinfonia

Paul Mealor
‘A Spotless Rose’
Sarah MacDonald conducts The Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks of Ely Cathedral

 

Monday 18th March

The Symphony Orchestra of India – A Classic FM Exclusive

The Symphony Orchestra of India was founded in 2006, and is India’s first professional symphony orchestra. They recently embarked on their first UK tour and tonight, Jane Jones presents an exclusive recording of highlights from the Orchestra’s concerts in Guildford and Edinburgh.

Co-founder and music director, violinist Marat Bisengaliev, is the soloist for Bruch’s dazzling Violin Concerto No.1, and Associate Music Director Zane Dalal takes us on an exhilarating journey through the Arabian Nights with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade – on this, the 175th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Programme to include:

Hector Berlioz
Roman Carnival – Overture Zane
Dalal conducts the Symphony Orchestra of India

Max Bruch
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Opus 26
Violin: Marat Bisengaliev
Zane Dalal conducts the Symphony Orchestra of India

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade Opus 35
Zane Dalal conducts the Symphony Orchestra of India

 

Tuesday 19th March

The Key of C Major

The key of C major is considered to be completely pure, and filled with innocence, simplicity and playfulness. Tonight, Jane Jones features a range of brilliant music showcasing that very key, beginning with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21.

Later in the programme, we hear Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No.5 followed by Schubert’s ‘Little C Major’ symphony (Symphony No.6). Jane also features a lesser-known Vivaldi violin concerto, before rounding off the evening with a graceful work by Tchaikovsky, in which the composer endeavoured to imitate the style of Mozart.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.21 in C major K.467
Maurizio Pollini leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from the piano

Edward Elgar
Pomp & Circumstance March No.5 in C major Opus 39
Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.6 in C major D.589
Claudio Abbado conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in C major RV.183
Andrew Manze leads the English Concert from the violin

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Serenade for Strings in C major Opus 48
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

 

Wednesday 20th March

The First Day of Spring

It’s officially the first day of spring, so tonight, Jane Jones presents an evening of music that’s fresh, bright and bursting with life.

Our concert opens with George Butterworth’s The Banks of Green Willow, which was premiered 105 years ago today. Andrew Manze then leads the English Concert in a performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ concerto, followed by a piano arrangement of William Lloyd Webber’s 3 Spring Miniatures.

The centrepiece of tonight’s concert is Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, performed by Staatskapelle Berlin under the late, great Sir Colin Davis. Jane also features seasonal music by Strauss Junior; a work by Coates that was partly inspired by springtime in Angus; and a traditional favourite sung by Aled Jones.

George Butterworth
The Banks of Green Willow
Richard Hickox conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in E major RV.271
(‘La Primavera’)
Andrew Manze leads the English Concert from the violin

William Lloyd Webber
3 Spring Miniatures
Piano: Ian Brown

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.6 in F major Opus 68
(‘Pastoral’)
Colin Davis conducts Staatskapelle Berlin

Traditional
Morning Has Broken
Tenor: Aled Jones
Studio Musicians

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

Eric Coates
3 Elizabeths Suite
Reginald Kilbey conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

 

Thursday 21st March

National Treasures

Catherine Bott presents an evening of music written by some of Europe’s most treasured composers, all of whom made their country proud.

Catherine stops off in Germany for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2; pays a visit to the homes of Grieg, Dvorak and Chopin; and travels to her home country of England to feature a rarely-heard gem by Elgar.

Our concert begins, however, across the North Sea in Finland with the most nationalistic piece of music by that country’s most famous composer: Sibelius’s Finlandia.

Jean Sibelius
Finlandia Opus 26
Osmo Vanska conducts the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major Opus 19
Piano: Mitsuko Uchida
Kurt Sanderling conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Edvard Grieg
Norwegian Dances Opus 35
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Edward Elgar
Romance in D minor
Cello: Julian Lloyd-Webber
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

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

Frederic Chopin
Polonaise in A major Opus 40 No.1
Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Antonin Dvorak
Czech Suite Opus 39
Jose Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

 

Friday 22nd March

Parallel Lives

Being born in the same year is no guarantee that you’ll end up being similar to someone – or that you’ll even get on. Tonight, Catherine Bott features music by composers who were born in the same year as each other, some strikingly similar, and other poles apart.

Bach and Handel, the two giants of the Baroque era, lived parallel lives but never met, despite performing in the same countries and venues. And while Schumann and Chopin developed a close bond of mutual admiration, the same cannot be said for Wagner and Verdi, who despised each other’s music.

Richard Wagner
Tannhauser – Overture
Daniel Barenboim conducts Staatskapelle Berlin

Giuseppe Verdi
‘Libiamo ne’lieti calici’
Soprano: Angela Gheorghiu
Tenor: Roberto Alagna
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.2 in B-flat major D.125
Thomas Dausgaard conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Gaetano Donizetti
Andante for Oboe & Strings
Christoph Hartmann leads Ensemble Berlin

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major BWV.1047
Pablo Valetti conducts Cafe Zimmerman

George Frideric Handel
‘Ombra mai fu’
Soprano: Renee Fleming
Harry Bicket conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Robert Schumann
Violin Concerto in D minor Opus Posth.
Violin: Joshua Bell
Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the Cleveland Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Nocturne in B-flat minor Opus 9 No.1
Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy

 

Monday 25th March

Great Orchestras of the World – France

Tonight, Jane Jones hops across the Channel to France, to discover music from some of the many ensembles that make up that great musical nation.

We’ll hear the Orchestra of the Champs-Elysees, Les Musiciens du Louvre and the Orchestre de Paris, performing works by Schumann, Haydn and Bruch. Baroque music, meanwhile, is represented by a fine recording of Handel by Les Arts Florissants, alongside a quirky but brilliant twist on Bach’s famous Double Violin Concerto, performed by an all-French ensemble that includes the piano duet soloists David Fray and Audrey Vigoureux.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in D minor for 2 violins BWV.1043
Pianos: David Fray and Audrey Vigoureux
String Ensemble of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.103 in E-flat major
(“Drumroll”)
Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre

Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei Opus 47
Cello: Mischa Maisky
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestra de Paris

Robert Schumann
Symphony No.3 in E-flat major Opus 97
(‘Rhenish’)
Philippe Herreweghe conducts the Orchestra of the Champs-Elysees

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in G major Opus 6 No.1
William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants

 

Tuesday 26th March

Great Orchestras of the World – Japan

Tonight, Jane Jones travels to Japan and presents an evening of Classic FM favourites recorded by orchestras on the other side of the planet.

Our concert begins with one of Japan’s most famous conductors, Seiji Ozawa, leading the Mito Chamber Orchestra in a new recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1, with the world-class soloist Martha Argerich.

We’ll also hear Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.1 performed by revered early music specialists Bach Collegium Japan and to round off the evening, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4, played in its entirety by the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Opus 15
Piano: Martha Argerich
Seiji Ozawa conducts the Mito Chamber Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major BWV.1066
Masaaki Suzuki conducts Bach Collegium Japan

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.4 in F minor Opus 36
Michiyoshi Inoue conducts the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Wednesday 27th March

Great Orchestras of the World – Germany

This week, Classic FM is shining the spotlight on orchestral ensembles around the world and tonight, Jane Jones is in the homeland of Western classical music: Germany.

We open with Germany’s musical father, J.S. Bach, and his Violin Concerto in A. The centrepiece of tonight’s concert is Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and a star line-up of soloists under the baton of the late, great Claudio Abbado. To round off the evening, the Munich Chamber Orchestra performs a rarely-heard concerto by fellow-German composer Franz Danzi.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV.1041
Daniel Lozakovich leads the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra from the violin

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.9 in D minor Opus 125
(‘Choral’)
Soprano: Violeta Urmana
Alto: Karita Mattila
Tenor: Thomas Moser
Bass: Thomas Quasthoff
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

Franz Danzi
Piano Concerto in E-flat major Opus 4
Piano: Nareh Arghamanyan
Howard Griffiths conducts the Munich Chamber Orchestra

 

Thursday 28th March

Great Orchestras of the World – America

Catherine Bott heads Stateside to showcase some of the greatest orchestras that make up the classical scene in America.

From Chicago to Los Angeles, Catherine features music by Mozart to Wagner, as well as performances from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra, courtesy of their brilliant recording of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.

Richard Wagner
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg – Prelude
Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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

Alexander Borodin
Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances
Eugene Ormandy conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra and Choir

Antonin Dvorak
Violin Concerto in A minor Opus 53
Violin: Maxim Vengerov
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Sleeping Beauty – Suite
Seiji Ozawa conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

 

Friday 29th March

Great Orchestras of the World – Australia

All this week, we’ve been celebrating music-making across the globe and tonight, Catherine Bott ends up far from home in a country that might not be famous for its classical music heritage, but which still contains some outstanding music-making that deserves to be championed: Australia.

We’ll hear Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3, Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony and music by Mendelssohn, performed by orchestras from Sydney, Tasmania and Adelaide.

Plus, what celebration of all things Australian would be complete without Waltzing Matilda?

Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Opus 30
Piano: John Chen
Janos Furst conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.8 in B minor D.759
(“Unfinished”)
Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Christina MacPherson
Waltzing Matilda
Timothy Sexton conducts the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for Violin & Piano in D minor
Violin: Richard Tognetti
Piano: Polina Leschenko
Australian Chamber Orchestra

 

Monday 1st April

André Previn: A Life in Music – Part 1

Last month, the great pianist, conductor and composer Andre Previn passed away at the age of 89. All this week on Classic FM, leading up to what would have been his 90th birthday this Saturday, we celebrate the life and career of Andre Previn by featuring some of his most memorable and acclaimed recordings.

Tonight, Previn is at the helm of two great orchestras: the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic, of which he was Principal Conductor from 1985 to 1988. We’ll also hear him conduct alongside his ex-wife, the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, in a brilliant performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

To round off the evening, Previn conducts one of his own compositions: ‘I can smell the sea’ from his operatic adaptation of the play A Streetcar Named Desire, with the legendary Renee Fleming as soloist. Jane Jones presents.

Johann Strauss Junior
Die FIeidermaus – Overture
Andre Previn conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major Opus 35
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Andre Previn conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.102 in B-flat major
Andre Previn conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.1 in F-sharp minor Opus 1
Piano: Leonard Pennario
Andre Previn conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Andre Previn
‘I can smell the sea air’ from A Streetcar Named Desire
Soprano: Renee Fleming
Andre Previn conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra

 

Tuesday 2nd April

André Previn: A Life in Music – Part 2

All this week on Classic FM, we’re celebrating the life and music of the late pianist, conductor and composer Andre Previn, who passed away last month at the age of 89. Tonight, Jane Jones explores Previn’s career as a pianist, featuring his recordings of Mozart and Shostakovich, the latter of which also features Leonard Bernstein at the helm of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

We’ll also hear Previn on the podium, leading two orchestras of which he was Music Director and Principal Conductor respectively: the London Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Jane features Previn’s recordings of Vaughan Williams’s The Wasps, Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony, and a dazzling performance of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Wasps – Overture
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Quartet No.2 in E-flat major K.493
Piano: Andre Previn
Violin: Young Uck Kim
Viola: Heiichiro Ohyama
Cello: Gary Hoffman

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.4 in A major Opus 90
(‘Italian’)
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

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

Dmitri Shostakovich
Concerto in C minor for piano, trumpet and string orchestra Opus 35
Piano: Andre Previn
Trumpet: William Vacchiano
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Scott Joplin
The Entertainer
Violin: Itzhak Perlman
Piano: Andre Previn

 

Wednesday 3rd April

André Previn: A Life in Music – Part 3

Jane Jones presents a third evening celebrating the life and music of the late pianist, conductor and composer Andre Previn, who passed away last month at the age of 89.

Our concert opens with an acclaimed recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and the soloist, Yo-Yo Ma. Further full works featured tonight include Beethoven’s Symphony No.8 and a suite of famous melodies from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, as well as the overture to Previn’s musical adaptation of My Fair Lady.

Despite their divorce in 2006, Andre Previn and the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter continued to work and perform together; tonight, we hear their recording of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor.

Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor Opus 85
Cello: Yo-Yo Ma
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.8 in F major Opus 93
Andre Previn conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Andre Previn
My Fair Lady – Overture
Andre Previn conducts a studio orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Trio in D minor Opus 49
Piano: Andre Previn
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Cello: Lynn Harrell

Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier Suite Opus 59
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra


Thursday 4th April

André Previn: A Life in Music – Part 4

Classic FM’s seven-night series of programmes celebrating the extraordinary legacy of the late, great Andre Previn continues, as tonight, Catherine Bott presents another evening of some of the conductor, composer and pianist’s finest recordings.

Previn’s skill as a pianist is exemplified in his brilliant performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and later we hear his playful recording of Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No.2.

As a conductor, one of Previn’s finest achievements was arguably his outstanding recording of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 with the London Symphony Orchestra, of which he was Principal Conductor for 11 years. We’ll hear this symphony in full tonight.

Our concert is bookended by two very different works: the overture to Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, and the famous Gymnopedie No.1 by the French composer, Erik Satie.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Fidelio – Overture
Andre Previn conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano: Andre Previn
Andre Kostelanetz conducts the Kostelanetz Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 in E minor Opus 27
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saens
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Opus 22
Piano: Cecile Licad
Andre Previn conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Erik Satie
Gymnopedie No.1
(arranged for orchestra)
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra


Friday 5th April

André Previn: A Life in Music – Part 5

Last month, the great pianist, conductor and composer Andre Previn passed away at the age of 89. All this week on Classic FM, leading up to what would have been his 90th birthday tomorrow, we’ve been celebrating Previn’s life and career – and tonight, Catherine Bott presents the last of five special concerts that form part of our tribute to this great musician.

We’ll first hear from Previn as a conductor, leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No.1. Later in the programme, Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in two works: a rarely-heard but beautiful symphony by Tchaikovsky, and a suite of music by the great concert and film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

For Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, Emmanuel Ax is the soloist, and Previn himself takes to the keyboard for a delightful set of variations by Mozart.

Edward Elgar
Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 Opus 39
Andre Previn conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Opus 37
Piano: Emmanuel Ax
Andre Previn conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.2 in C minor Opus 17
(‘Little Russian’)
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
12 Variations on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' in C major K.265
Piano: Andre Previn

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Much Ado About Nothing – Symphonic Suite
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra


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