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 22nd January

Treasured Instruments

The relationship between a soloist and their instrument is an often intricate one: pieces of wood and string become a livelihood, and even a friend. Such is the case for the musicians featured tonight, as Catherine Bott showcases performers and their treasured instruments.

Cellist Guy Johnston considers his 1714 Tecchler cello as one of his closest companions; he recently embarked on a journey to find out more about the instrument, meeting a host of characters along the way. Krystian Zimerman, meanwhile, insists on travelling with his own piano: a Steinway concert grand to which he has made a number of modifications.

We’ll learn about the generous gift Nicola Benedetti was given by a banker and, to round off the evening, an iconic recording of a Bach keyboard concerto performed by Glenn Gould, who wasn’t so much wedded to a piano, but to his iconic low piano stool. When once asked what the ‘shabby’ thing was, he replied: “how dare you disrespect a member of my family.”

Edward Elgar
Introduction & Allegro for Strings Opus 47
Julian Lloyd Webber conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Opus 11
Krystian Zimerman leads the Polish Festival Orchestra from the piano

Ottorino Respighi
Adagio con Variazioni
Cello: Guy Johnston
Carlo Rizzi conducts the Orchestra of the Academy of St. Cecilia

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

Franz Schubert
Standchen
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
James MacMillan conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto in E major
Piano: Glenn Gould
Vladimir Golschmann conducts the Columbia Symphony Orchestra

 

Wednesday 23rd January

Musical Nicknames

Some of the greatest composers had the strangest, most unexpected and often downright insulting nicknames. Tonight, Catherine Bott shares the stories behind their monikers and showcases some of their greatest music.

Find out which composer was nicknamed ‘Papa’, and who was fondly known as ‘Little Mushroom’. There’s also music by ‘The Red Priest’, ‘The Screaming Skull’, and ‘Luigi’. Plus: what was the extended version of Mozart’s name – and why?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Marriage of Figaro – Overture
Christian Baldini conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Impromptu in A-flat major D.889 No.4 Opus 90
Piano: David Fray

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.101 in D major
(‘The Clock’)
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi
Cello Concerto in B-flat major RV.423
Cello: Raphael Wallfisch
Nicholas Kraemer conducts the City of London Sinfonia

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.2 in D major Opus 36
Charles Mackerras conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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

 

Thursday 24th January

Musical 'Johns'

Join Catherine Bott for evening of music by the greatest musical Johns, starting with Jean Sibelius’s turbulent tone poem: Finlandia.

We’ll also hear Johannes Brahms’s Double Concerto performed by the legendary duo Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Hummel’s Piano Concerto No.1, and music by the film composer John Williams.

Jean Sibelius
Finlandia Opus 26
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major BWV.1048
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists

John Williams
Born on the Fourth of July – Theme
Trumpet: Tim Morrison
John Williams conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Opus 34
Howard Shelley leads the London Mozart Players from the piano

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

Johannes Brahms
Double Concerto in A minor Opus 102
Violin: Itzhak Perlman
Cello: Yo-Yo Ma
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

Friday 25th January

Music and Literature

Today marks the 260th anniversary of Robert Burns’s birth, so tonight, Catherine Bott explores the connections that some of the great composers had with authors, poets and storytellers of their day.

Beethoven worked alongside the likes of German and Austrian writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Heinrich Joseph von Collin, and his overture to the 1804 tragedy Coriolan, written by the latter, features this evening.

Other composer-author links include Mozart and Da Ponte, who wrote the libretto to Don Giovanni, and Chopin, who had an affair with the author known as George Sand. Maurizio Pollini plays the piece Chopin wrote while on an unhappy holiday in Majorca with Sand. Their relationship broke down soon after.

Among the line-up of composers who were inspired by great tales are Rimsky-Korsakov, whose Scheherazade tells the story of One Thousand and One Nights, and Shakespeare, set to music by Vaughan Williams.

Traditional
‘My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose’
Tom Wilkinson conducts The Choir of St. Salvatore Chapel, The University of St. Andrews

Ludwig van Beethoven
Coriolan Overture Opus 62
Claudio Abbado conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Pablo de Sarasate
Concert Fantasy on Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Violin: Tianwa Yang
Ernest Martinez Izquierdo conducts the Navarra Symphony Orchestra

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

Frederic Chopin
Polonaise in C minor
Piano: Maurizio Pollini

Gabriel Faure
Pelleas and Melisande Suite
Robin Ticciati conducts the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music
Vernon Handley conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Traditional
‘Ae Fond Kiss’
(Arr. Paul Mealor)
Noel Edison conducts the Elora Singers

 

Monday 28th January

The Best of British

This week on Classic FM, we celebrate Britain's very best orchestras and ensembles. Tonight, we start in England’s capital city, as Jane Jones opens the Full Works Concert with the London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Elgar’s Serenade for Strings.

Further highlights include John Williams’ music for Star Wars, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra; a late Mozart concerto featuring the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, who celebrate their 60th birthday this year; and a trip to the south coast to feature the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, who perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2 under their current Music Director, Kirill Karabits.

Our concert concludes with the choir The Sixteen, celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019, performing John Tavener’s setting of one of William Blake’s most famous poems.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.27 in B-flat major K.595
Piano: Ingrid Jacoby
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

John Williams
Star Wars: Suite
John Williams conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.2 in C minor Opus 17
(‘Little Russian’)
Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

John Tavener
The Lamb
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen

 

Tuesday 29th January

The Best of British

Tonight, Jane Jones is in the north of England, continuing Classic FM’s celebrations of Britain’s finest orchestras.

Our concert is bookended by the Hallé Orchestra, opening with Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture and closing with Elgar’s Symphony No.1 conducted by the orchestra’s current Music Director, Sir Mark Elder. We’ll also hear Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.14 performed by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet alongside the Manchester Camerata and music from the Royal Northern Sinfonia, who are midway through their 60th anniversary season.

Johannes Brahms
Academic Festival Overture Opus 80
James Loughran conducts the Hallé Orchestra

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.14 in E-flat major K.449
Piano: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts the Manchester Camerata

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

 

Wednesday 30th January

The Best of British

Jane Jones presents another evening celebrating the finest British orchestras.

Tonight’s Full Works Concert includes Classic FM’s first partner orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North West of England). Tonight, we hear them perform Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No.2 with the star young soloist Benjamin Grosvenor at the piano.

Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Midlands, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, celebrate their centenary next year and tonight, they treat us to a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 (‘Titan’) under the legendary Sir Simon Rattle.

We’ll also hear from the Orchestra of Opera North, the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir and, to begin, Camerata Wales, who celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2019.

Frederick Delius
On Hearing The First Cuckoo in Spring
Owain Arwel Hughes conducts Camerata Wales

Camille Saint-Saens
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Opus 22
Piano: Benjamin Grosvenor
James Judd conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Villiers Stanford
The Blue Bird
Paul Spicer conducts the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasy on ‘The Magic Flute’
Flute: Katherine Bryan
Bramwell Tovey conducts the Orchestra of Opera North

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No.1 in D major
(‘Titan’)
Simon Rattle conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

 

Thursday 31st January

The Best of British

Catherine Bott continues Classic FM’s celebrations of Britain’s best orchestras and tonight, she shines the spotlight on music-making north of the border.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra open tonight’s Full Works Concert with a performance of Scottish composer Hamish McCunn’s The Land of the Mountain and the Flood, and then the peerless Alfred Brendel is joined by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a glorious performance of Mozart’s ebullient Piano Concerto No.22.

Later, we return to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for a performance of Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite; and we also hear the Scottish Ensemble, who celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019, perform a Marcello oboe concerto given the trumpet twist.

Hamish McCunn
The Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Alexander Gibson conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.22 in E-flat major K.482
Piano: Alfred Brendel
Charles Mackerras conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Aram Khachaturian
Masquerade Suite
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Alessandro Marcello
Oboe Concerto in D minor
Alison Balsom leads the Scottish Ensemble from the trumpet

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.31 in D major
Robin Ticciati conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

 

Friday 1st February

Great Composers Month – Bach

February is Great Composers Month on Classic FM and there’s no better way to begin than with the so-called ‘father of classical music’, Johann Sebastian Bach.

A highlight of tonight’s concert is a new recording of the most famous works in the cello repertoire: the Cello Suite No.1, performed by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma. Other favourites on the programme tonight include the Toccata & Fugue in D minor, Murray Perahia’s treatment of the Keyboard Concerto in F, the Academy of Ancient Music playing the Orchestral Suite No.2, and a famous Bach violin concerto performed by Alina Ibragimova.

To round off the evening, Catherine treats us to the rising brass fanfares of Bach’s famous Magnificat, performed in full by Le Concert d’Astree.

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

Violin Concerto in E major BWV.1042
Violin: Alina Ibragimova
Jonathan Cohen conducts Arcangelo

Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor BWV.1067
Richard Egarr conducts the Academy of Ancient Music

Keyboard Concerto in A major BWV.1055
Murray Perahia leads the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields from the keyboard

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

Magnificat in D major BWV.243
Soprano: Natalie Dessay
Mezzo Soprano: Karine Deshayes
Tenor: Toby Spence
Countertenor: Philippe Jaroussky
Bass: Laurent Naouri
Emmanuelle Haim conducts Le Concert d’Astree

 

Monday 4th February

Great Composers Month – Vaughan Williams

It’s Great Composers Month on Classic FM and tonight, Jane Jones champions one of the most successful British composers of the 20th century: Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Vaughan Williams could master moods, from stormy and impassioned to tranquil and mysterious – as evidenced through the music on offer tonight.

Our all-British concert showcases some of our nation’s greatest orchestras – including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Symphony and London Philharmonic. Highlights include the overture Vaughan Williams penned as part of the incidental music for a production of Aristophanes’ The Wasps, as well as the most frequently performed of his nine symphonies – No.5.

There’s also a chance to hear the British violinist Jennifer Pike perform Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending: a former number one in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Wasps – Overture
James Judd conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
5 Variants of ‘Dives & Lazarus’
Richard Hickox conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
Violin: Jennifer Pike
Salvatore Di Vittorio conducts the Chamber Orchestra of New York

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Daniel Barenboim conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Silent Noon
Bass-Baritone: Bryn Terfel
Piano: Malcolm Martineau

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Concerto Grosso
Bryden Thomas conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony No.5 in D major
Bernard Haitink conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Tuesday 5th February

Great Composers Month – Beethoven

It’s Great Composers Month on Classic FM: every weeknight in February, we celebrate one of the world’s finest classical composers, showcasing some of their best music – and telling the story of their life. Tonight, Jane Jones shines the spotlight on a true revolutionary: Ludwig van Beethoven.

Tonight's concert begins with a work that includes the most famous opening notes in all classical music: Beethoven’s Symphony No.5. We are then treated to three exquisite solo performances: Daniel Barenboim performing the ‘Pathetique’ Sonata, the Romance No.2 played by Maxim Vengerov alongside the London Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich, and, to close the programme, Alfred Brendel gives a flawless performance of Beethoven’s mighty ‘Emperor’ Concerto.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.5 in C minor Opus 67
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Concentus Musicus Vienna

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Opus 13
(‘Pathetique’)
Piano: Daniel Barenboim

Ludwig van Beethoven
Romance No.2 in F major Opus 50
Violin: Maxim Vengerov
Mstislav Rostropovich conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major Opus 73
(‘Emperor’)
Piano: Alfred Brendel
Bernard Haitink conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Wednesday 6th February

Great Composers Month – Brahms

Jane Jones continues Classic FM’s Great Composers Month and turns her attention to another German composer: Johannes Brahms.

We open with Brahms’s turbulent Tragic Overture, in a fine recording from Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Maurizio Pollini performs the composer’s Piano Concerto No.1 in its entirety; there’s a recently released recording of the Symphony No.4, played by the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim; and, to round off the evening, we hear one of Brahms’s most beautiful pieces composed right towards the end of his life, arranged for violin and piano.

Johannes Brahms
Tragic Overture
Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor Opus 15
Piano: Maurizio Pollini
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.4 in E minor Opus 98
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin

Johannes Brahms
Wiegenlied Opus 49 No.4
Violin: Rachel Barton Pine
Piano: Matthew Hagle

 

Thursday 7th February

Great Composers Month – Schumann

Throughout Great Composers Month on Classic FM, we’re celebrating the world’s finest classical composers, showcasing some of their best music – and telling the story of their lives.

Tonight, Catherine Bott shines the spotlight on German composer Robert Schumann and bookends the concert with two of his greatest concertos: his Piano Concerto, played by Maria-Joao Pires alongside John Eliot Gardiner at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Cello Concerto, performed by Jacqueline du Pre alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim.

In between, we’ll hear a complete performance of Schumann’s Symphony No.1 – nicknamed ‘Spring’ – and some beautiful romances written for the composer’s favourite instrument: the piano.

Robert Schumann
Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 54
Piano: Maria-Joao Pires
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Robert Schumann
Symphony No.1 in B-flat major Opus 38
(‘Spring’)
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

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

Robert Schumann
Cello Concerto in A minor Opus 129
Cello: Jacqueline du Pre
Daniel Barenboim conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Friday 8th February

Great Composers Month – Gershwin

Catherine Bott invites you to join her for another Great Composers evening on Classic FM, as she presents two hours of joyous music by George Gershwin.

The programme starts with one of Gershwin’s most famous and recorded works: Rhapsody in Blue. We’ll then hear the great Harolyn Blackwell singing ‘Summertime’ from the opera Porgy & Bess, followed by music from a Broadway favourite: An American in Paris.

Despite being a pianist and writing countless pieces for his instrument, Gershwin only composed one full-scale concerto for the piano. Tonight, we heard it performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet under Marin Alsop with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Arrangements of the composer’s work also feature: the song ‘Embraceable You’ from the unpublished operetta East is West is played on the violin by Joshua Bell, and ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ is performed on the trumpet by Alison Balsom. We’ll also hear more music from Porgy and Bess and, to close the concert, a breezy arrangement of Walking the Dog for clarinet and string quartet.

George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano: Benjamin Grosvenor
James Judd conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

George Gershwin
Summertime
Soprano: Harolyn Blackwell
Simon Rattle conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

George Gershwin
An American in Paris
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

George Gershwin
‘Embraceable You’
Violin: Joshua Bell
John Williams conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

George Gershwin
Porgy and Bess – Symphonic Suite
Wayne Marshall leads the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra from the piano

George Gershwin
Someone to Watch Over Me
Trumpet: Alison Balsom
Piano: Tom Poster

George Gershwin
Concerto in F
Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

George Gershwin
Walking the Dog
Clarinet: Emma Johnson
Carducci Quartet

 

Monday 11th February

Great Composers Month – Mozart

It’s Great Composers Month on Classic FM: every weeknight in February, the spotlight is being shone on one of the world’s finest composers, showcasing some of their best music – and telling the story of their life.

Tonight, Jane Jones presents an evening of joyous, masterful and brilliant music by a composer who needs very little introduction: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

We begin with the overture to his ever-popular opera, Don Giovanni, followed by one of the most famous melodies in all music: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players – an ensemble that celebrates its 70th birthday today – perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20, which was premiered on this day in 1785, and our concert concludes with Mozart’s symphonic swansong.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni – Overture
Rene Jacobs conducts the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K.525
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Concentus Musicus Vienna

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adagio in E minor K.261
Daniel Hope leads the Zurich Chamber Orchestra from the violin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466
Howard Shelley leads the London Mozart Players from the piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.41 in C major K.551
(‘Jupiter’)
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists

 

Tuesday 12th February

Great Composers Month – Grieg

All this month on Classic FM, we’re celebrating the greatest composers of all time, showcasing their finest music and sharing the stories of their lives. Tonight, the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg takes centre stage.

One of the composer’s most famous works, the Peer Gynt Suite No.1, begins tonight’s concert, followed by the only piano concerto he wrote. Tonight, we heard it performed by fellow Norwegian Leif Ove Andsnes.

Later in the programme, Grieg’s feisty March of the Trolls and the glorious choral work, Ave Maris Stella. Jane Jones presents.

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: Leif Ove Andsnes
Mariss Jansons conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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

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

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

 

Wednesday 13th February

Great Composers Month – Schubert

Tonight, it’s Schubert’s turn to take the spotlight for Classic FM’s Great Composers Month, as Jane Jones presents some of the best-known works he composed during the 19th century.

Jane bookends tonight’s concert with two famous symphonies. The first, Schubert’s joyous Symphony No.5 – written when he was just a teenager –and the second, the composer’s innovative final symphony, No.9.

In between these mighty works, we hear the lively Impromptu in E-flat, and the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti performs one of Schubert’s most-loved works: his setting of the Ave Maria. By way of an encore, the violinist Daniel Hope performs a beautiful transcription of a Schubert song.

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.5 in B-flat major D.485
Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Impromptu in E-flat D.899 No.2 Opus 90
Piano: Grigory Sokolov

Franz Schubert
Ave Maria D.839
Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti
Kurt Herbert Adler conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.9 in C major D.944
(‘The Great’)
Claudio Abbado conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Franz Schubert
Auf dem Wasser zu Singen D.774
Violin: Daniel Hope
Piano: Sebastian Knauer

 

Thursday 14th February

Great Composers Month – Mendelssohn

Queen Victoria described Felix Mendelssohn as “the greatest musical genius since Mozart” and tonight, Catherine Bott demonstrates why this bold claim is entirely justified.

Our concert opens with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, inspired by his trip to the Scottish isle of Staffa in 1829. The travel theme continues later in the programme, with a complete performance of the ‘Scottish’ Symphony.

We’ll also hear the composer’s Violin Concerto performed by Maxim Vengerov, and the incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the composer’s second attempt at writing music for William Shakespeare’s play.

Felix Mendelssohn
Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) Opus 26
Edward Gardner conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor Opus 64
Violin: Maxim Vengerov
Kurt Masur conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.3 in A minor Opus 56
(‘Scottish’)
Andrew Litton conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

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

 

Friday 15th February

Great Composers Month – Handel

It’s Great Composers Month on Classic FM and, to mark the halfway point in our celebrations, Catherine Bott turns to a true giant of the Baroque era: George Frideric Handel.

Handel’s Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest opens our concert, followed by the composer’s Water Music Suite No.1. We’ll also enjoy other favourites including the Hallelujah Chorus, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, The Harmonious Blacksmith, and the Organ Concerto in F, nicknamed ‘Cuckoo and the Nightingale’.

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

George Frideric Handel
Water Music Suite No.1 in F major
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists

George Frideric Handel
Hallelujah Chorus
Andrew Davis conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

George Frideric Handel
Organ Concerto in F major HWV.295
Organ: Simon Preston
Trevor Pinnock conducts the English Concert

George Frideric Handel
‘Where’er you walk’
Bass-Baritone: Bryn Terfel
Charles Mackerras conducts the Scottish Chamber Ensemble

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in A major Opus 6 No.11
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Concentus Musicus Vienna

George Frideric Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists

George Frideric Handel
Sarabande
Marc Minkowski conducts the Orchestre de Chambre Leopoldinum

George Frideric Handel
‘Lascia ch’io pianga’
Soprano: Elin Manahan Thomas
Harry Christophers conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

George Frideric Handel
Oboe Concerto No.1 in B-flat major HWV.301
Oboe: Sarah Francis
London Harpsichord Ensemble

George Frideric Handel
Trio Sonata in D Opus 5 No.2
Brook Street Band

George Frideric Handel
The Harmonious Blacksmith
Piano: Philip Martin

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