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 14 November

THE MUSICAL ALPHABET – R TO U

Catherine Bott continues Classic FM’s journey through the musical alphabet, shining the spotlight on some of the most important pieces, places and people in classical music.

Rachmaninov begins our concert before the centrepiece of the evening: Schubert’s Symphony No.9, performed by Charles Mackerras and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In our musical alphabet, T is for Tchaikovsky and tonight we hear a lesser-known gem. We reach the letter U with the Japanese video games composer Nobuo Uematsu, and music from his score to Final Fantasy XI.

Sergei Rachmaninov
Vocalise Op. 34 No.14
Cello: Han-Na Chang
Leonard Slatkin conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.9 in C major D.944
(‘The Great’)
Charles Mackerras conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Concerto Fantasia in G major Op. 56
Piano: Stephen Hough
Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra

Nobuo Uematsu
Final Fantasy XI – Memoro de la stono
Studio Orchestra


Friday 15 November

THE MUSICAL ALPHABET – V TO Z

All this week on the Full Works Concert, we’ve been on a musical journey through the alphabet, hearing some of the most important pieces, places and people in classical music.

Tonight, we begin at V with a Vivaldi cello concerto, before a favourite by Wagner. X marks the spot for Xavier de Maistre, and Yundi is the soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1.

We then ease into the weekend with Pinchas Zukerman, who directs the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from the violin in Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

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

Richard Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
Andris Nelsons conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Enrique Granados
Valses Poeticos
Harp: Xavier de Maistre

Frederic Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op. 11
Piano: Yundi
Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Pinchas Zukerman directs the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from the violin

 

Monday 18 November

COMPOSERS IN BRITAIN

Jane Jones celebrates the many composers who were drawn to Great Britain for inspiration.

We begin with Weber, who spent the last few years of his life in London and whose music was later promoted in England by Berlioz. Jane then travels north for Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3 (‘Scottish’), inspired by the ruins of Holyrood Palace.

Music by Chopin, who fled to England after the 1848 Revolution, also features, and Anastasia Injushina plays a concerto by the ‘London Bach’: Johann Christian.

Carl Maria von Weber
Invitation to the Dance Op. 65
Richard Bonynge conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Christian Bach
Keyboard Concerto in E-flat major Op. 7 No.5
Anastasia Injushina directs the Hamburger Camerata from the keyboard

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No.3 in A minor Op. 56
(‘Scottish’)
Natalie Murray Beale conducts the Britten Sinfonia

George Frederic Handel
Concerto in B-flat major HWV.332
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Max Bruch
Romance in F major Op. 85
Violin: Davide Alogna
Hakan Sensoy conducts the Karşıyaka Chamber Orchestra

Frédéric Chopin
Ballade No.4 in F minor Op. 52
Piano: Stephen Hough


Tuesday 19 November

CLASSICAL B-SIDES

Tonight, Jane Jones presents a concert of lesser-known gems by big-name composers: the pieces that have stayed in the shadows of their more popular counterparts.

Our concert opens with Shostakovich’s score for the film The Unforgettable Year 1919. We’ll also hear some music Fauré wrote for the Prince of Monaco, alongside Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.3 (‘Polish’), performed in full by Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition, Jane features Beethoven’s rarely-heard Wellington’s Victory, a Rodrigo guitar concerto, and a delightful piano duet by Mozart.

Dmitri Shostakovich
The Assault on Beautiful Gorky
Piano: Dmitri Alexeev
Jerzy Maksymiuk conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Joaquin Rodrigo
Concierto Andaluz
Guitar: Los Romeros
Victor Alessandro conducts the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.3 in D major Op. 29
(‘Polish’)
Mariss Jansons conducts the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Gabriel Fauré
Masques & Bergamasques – Overture
Ivor Bolton conducts the Basel Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Andante & Variations for Piano Duet K.501
Piano: Hélène Mercier & Louis Lortie

Ludwig van Beethoven
Wellington’s Victory Op. 91
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields


Wednesday 20 November

MUSICAL CITIES

This evening, Jane Jones takes us on a tour of some of the most important musical cities.

Our journey begins in Austria, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of By the Beautiful Blue Danube, before we travel to France with the Orchestre de Paris to hear the music of Chopin.

Seiji Ozawa conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony, and we end our fleeting tour in Amsterdam with a recording from the city’s acclaimed Baroque orchestra.

Johann Strauss Junior
By the Beautiful Blue Danube Op. 314
Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op. 21
Piano: Khatia Buniatishvili
Paavo Järvi conducts the Orchestre de Paris

Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme of Haydn Op. 56a
Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Maria von Weber
Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor Op. 73
Michael Collins directs the City of London Sinfonia from the clarinet

Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No.1 in D major Op. 25
(‘Classical’)
Seiji Ozawa conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in G minor for 2 Cellos RV.531
Cellos: Yo-Yo Ma & Jonathan Manson
Ton Koopman conducts the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra


Thursday 21 November

60 YEARS OF THE ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

Tonight, Catherine Bott presents an exclusive recording of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ 60th anniversary gala concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, directed by star violinist – and Academy Music Director – Joshua Bell.

The Academy performs music by three great composers: Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Our concert begins with Mozart’s Symphony No.25, written when the composer was just 17 years old; Joshua Bell is then the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, before he leads the orchestra in a complete performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.25 in G minor K.183
Joshua Bell directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the violin

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
Joshua Bell directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the violin

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67
Joshua Bell directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the violin


Friday 22 November

WINTER WARMERS

As winter fast approaches and temperatures dip, Catherine Bott presents an evening of musical winter warmers.

We begin with a pastoral favourite courtesy of Vaughan Williams, and later walk to a pub called the Paradise Garden with Delius. Catherine also features an uplifting piano sonata by Mozart, and reminisces of the holidays with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.

Ralph Vaughan Williams
5 Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’
William Boughton conducts the English String Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No.16 in C major K.545
Piano: Mitsuko Uchida

Frederick Delius
The Walk to the Paradise Garden
John Wilson conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Salvador Bacarisse
Guitar Concerto in A minor Op. 72
Guitar: Narciso Yepes
Odón Alonso conducts the RTV Symphony Orchestra, Spain

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Souvenir de Florence
Yuri Zhislin conducts the Russian Virtuosi of Europe

Hugo Alfvén
Swedish Rhapsody No.1 Op. 19
(‘Midsummer’)
Neeme Järvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Monday 25 November

DISASTROUS PREMIERES – PART I

Jane Jones presents the first of two Full Works Concerts exploring those popular pieces of music that, perhaps surprisingly, were not at all well-received on the night of their premiere.

We begin with Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville, which was sabotaged at its first performance by a rival composer who brought a mob of jeering hecklers to disrupt the performance.

Elgar’s Cello Concerto, meanwhile, was so under rehearsed that one reviewer wrote about its premiere: “never has so great an orchestra made so lamentable an exhibition of itself”. We’ll also hear Mahler’s Symphony No.1, which the composer continued to revise for years after it was first published.

As for J.S. Bach, he wrote his Brandenburg Concertos as part of a job application, for which he never received a response!

Gioachino Rossini
The Barber of Seville – Overture
Antonio Pappano conducts the National Academy of St Cecilia Orchestra

Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85
Cello: Yo-Yo Ma
André Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major BWV.1047
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No.1 in D major

 

Tuesday 26 November

DISASTROUS PREMIERES – PART II

To begin our second night exploring the premieres that did not quite go as planned, Jane Jones opens with Wagner’s Tannhäuser overture, which was disrupted by a group of high-society ballet fans.

The premiere of Haydn’s Symphony No.96, aptly nicknamed the ‘Miracle’ symphony, narrowly avoided a catastrophe after a chandelier fell from the ceiling of the concert hall. There’s also Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, which the composer had to perform from memory, as he had not had time to write down the entire work on paper; and an opera that the composer did not live to see become a great success.

Richard Wagner
Tannhäuser – Overture
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.96 in D major
(‘Miracle’)
Bernard Haitink conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Maurice Ravel
Bolero
Paavo Järvi conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op. 37
Jan Lisiecki directs the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the keyboard

Georges Bizet
Carmen Suite No.2
Pablo Gonzalez conducts the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

 

Wednesday 27 November

MUSICAL NICKNAMES

Jane Jones presents a concert of works known by something other than their original title.

The evening opens with Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A (‘Trout’), before a laugh along to Mozart’s ‘A Musical Joke’. The centrepiece of the evening is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 (‘Pathétique’) – one of the defining works of the Romantic era – before Chopin bids us ‘Adieu’ with a waltz for the piano.

Franz Schubert
Piano Quintet in A major D.667
(‘Trout’)
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Viola: Hwayoon Lee
Cello: Maximillian Hornung
Double-bass: Roman Patkolo
Piano: Daniil Trifonov

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento for Two Horns K.22
(‘A Musical Joke’)
Yuli Torovsky conducts I Musici de Montreal

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.6 in B minor Op. 74
(‘Pathétique’)
Thomas Dausgaard conducts the Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Frederic Chopin
Waltz in A-flat major Op. 69 No.1
(‘L’Adieu’)
Piano: Pavel Kolesnikov

 

Thursday 28 November

FEMALE TRAILBLAZERS

To celebrate the centenary of the first female Member of Parliament, Jane Jones presents an evening of female trailblazers: the composers, musicians and conductors who have paved the way for others.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti, who recently launched a foundation to promote music teaching, plays Saint-Saëns’ Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, before we hear part of Debbie Wiseman’s score for Wolf Hall. The legendary pianist Martha Argerich is the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20, and trumpeter Alison Balsom and conductor Marin Alsop also take to the stage. Music by Amy Beach eases us into Smooth Classics, after a symphony by Louise Farrenc, who fought for equal pay at the Paris Conservatoire.

Camille Saint-Saëns
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Debbie Wiseman
Wolf Hall – Anna Regina
Debbie Wiseman conducts studio musicians

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466
Piano: Martha Argerich
Claudio Abbado conducts Orchestra Mozart

Leonard Bernstein
Divertimento for Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Manuel de Falla
7 Spanish Popular Songs
(arranged for trumpet and orchestra)
Trumpet: Alison Balsom
Edward Gardner conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Louise Farrenc
Symphony No.2 in D major Op. 25
Christophe Konig conducts the European Soloists of Luxembourg

Amy Beach
Invocation Op. 55
Violin: Tasmin Little
Piano: John Lenehan

 

Friday 29 November

RECORD BREAKERS

Catherine Bott ends the week on a high, with a programme celebrating musical record breakers: those who have played the most, the fastest, and the furthest.

André Rieu – a violinist who has smashed records with his many albums, DVDs and live shows – begins our concert. Catherine also reveals the richest composer of all time, celebrates the most recorded orchestra, and plays the piece that is currently orbiting 13 billion miles from earth.

Johann Strauss Junior
Wine, Women & Song Op. 333
André Rieu leads the Johann Strauss Orchestra from the violin

Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude & Fugue No.1 in C major BWV.846
Piano: Glenn Gould

James Horner
Titanic – An Ocean of Memories
Soprano: Sissel
Studio Orchestra

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.4 in E minor Op. 98
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The Flight of the Bumblebee
David Garrett directs a studio orchestra from the violin

Max Bruch
Concerto in E minor Op. 88
Viola: Nobuko Imai
Clarinet: Thea King
Alun Francis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Max Richter
Sleep – Space 21
Max Richter conducts the American Contemporary Music Ensemble

George Gershwin
Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas directs the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra from the piano


Monday 2 December

WINTER DAYDREAMS

Jane Jones begins the first week of December with a programme of seasonal music.

Humperdinck’s overture to the festive fairy-tale Hansel & Gretel opens tonight’s concert, followed by ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. We’ll also hear Debussy’s Children’s Corner, which includes ‘The Snow is Dancing’ and ‘The Little Shepherd’.

The centrepiece of the evening is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1, one of the composer’s first successful works, nicknamed ‘Winter Daydreams’.

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

Antonio Vivaldi
Four Seasons Op. 8 – Winter
Rachel Podger directs Brecon Baroque from the violin

Claude Debussy
Children’s Corner
Piano: Stephen Hough

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.1 in G minor Op. 13
(‘Winter Daydreams’)
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Gerald Finzi
Clarinet Concerto in C minor Op. 31
Clarinet: Emma Johnson
Charles Groves conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Tuesday 3 December

SEASONAL GIFTS

Jane Jones provides some inspiration for your Christmas shopping with a concert of music originally written as gifts.

Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1, which was a present for his long-time friend and the godfather of his son, Joseph Weigl, opens our concert. We’ll also hear Wagner’s gift to his wife, Siegfried’s Idyll, before Holst’s dedication to the English countryside and contemporary composer Helen Habershon’s tribute to the many moods of winter.

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto No.1 in C major
Cello: Jacqueline du Pré
Daniel Barenboim conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Richard Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
Christian Thielemann conducts the German Opera Orchestra of Berlin

John Field
Piano Concerto No.3 in E-flat major
Piano: Míċeál O’Rourke
Matthais Bamert conducts the London Mozart Players

Gustav Holst
Symphony in F major Op. 8
(‘The Cotswolds’)
JoAnn Falletta conducts the Ulster Orchestra

Helen Habershon
Winter Arrives
Anthony Halstead conducts London Primavera


Wednesday 4 December

WINTER FANTASIES

Jane Jones presents another evening of music fit for a winter’s night.

One English composer’s tribute to another opens our concert: Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. Murray Perahia plays some sparkling Mozart, before we hear Britten’s A Simple Symphony, which the composer began writing as a child. Also featured is Corelli’s ‘Christmas’ Concerto, and a sparkling work for the piano by Henry Litolff.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No.11 in A major K.331
Piano: Murray Perahia

Benjamin Britten
A Simple Symphony
Yuli Turovsky conducts I Musici de Montreal

Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso No.8 in G minor Op. 6
(‘Christmas’)
Renato Fasano conducts Virtuosi di Roma

Henry Litolff
Concerto Symphonique No.2 in B minor Op. 22
Piano: Peter Donohoe
Andrew Litton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Thursday 5 December

IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

This evening, Catherine Bott takes us for a winter walk through snowy Finnish mountains with Sibelius’s Karelia Suite, performed by Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Later in the evening, we stroll through rural Austria courtesy of Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 (‘Pastoral’), after we’ve heard Debussy’s peaceful depiction of the night sky in his Suite Bergamasque.

Jean Sibelius
Karelia Suite Op. 11
Neeme Järvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Claude Debussy
Suite Bergamasque
Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.6 in F major Op. 68
(‘Pastoral’)
Claudio Abbado conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Philip Emanuel Bach
Cello Concerto in A minor H.432
Cello: Jean-Guihen Queyras
Riccardo Minasi conducts Ensemble Resonanz


Friday 6 December

A CLASSIC FM WORLD PREMIERE – KARL JENKINS: MISERERE

Tonight, Catherine Bott presents a very special and exclusive concert: a live recording of the world premiere performance of Karl Jenkins’ Miserere.

Using liturgical texts alongside new words written by the composer’s wife, the poet and author Carol Barratt, this modern choral masterpiece features the Britten Sinfonia, with solos from countertenor Iestyn Davies, cellist Abel Selacoe, former Royal Harpist to The Prince of Wales Catrin Finch, and percussionist Zands Duggan.

Before the main event, however, we hear Sir Karl on the podium as he conducts some of his most popular works.

Karl Jenkins
Palladio
Karl Jenkins conducts the Britten Sinfonia

Karl Jenkins
Passacaglia
Karl Jenkins conducts the Britten Sinfonia

Karl Jenkins
Requiem – Pie Jesu
Karl Jenkins conducts the Britten Sinfonia

Karl Jenkins
Miserere
Countertenor: Iestyn Davies
Cello: Abel Selaocoe
Harp: Catrin Finch
Percussion: Zands Duggan
Stephen Layton conducts the Britten Sinfonia & Polyphony


Monday 9 December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES

As Christmas draws closer, Jane Jones presents the first Full Works Concert in a week-long, festive musical celebration on Classic FM.

The evening begins with A Christmas Overture by Nigel Hess, before we hear Liszt’s Christmas Tree Suite, snowy music by Debussy, and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

Jane also celebrates violinist Joshua Bell’s birthday with his virtuosic performance of Schumann’s Violin Concerto, and Nigel Short conducts the choir he founded in 2001, Tenebrae, in a sensitive performance of ‘Away in a Manger’.

Nigel Hess
A Christmas Overture
John Rutter conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Erich Korngold
The Snowman – Prelude & Entr’acte
Violin: Lajos Farkas
Werner Andreas Albert conducts the North West German Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
‘Jauchzet, frohlocket’
(from the Christmas Oratorio BWV.248)
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen and the Symphony of Harmony & Invention

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

Franz Liszt
The Christmas Tree Suite
Gavin Sutherland conducts the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

George Frederic Handel
‘For unto us a child is born’
(from Messiah)
Stephen Cleobury conducts the Brandenburg Consort and Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
The Snow Maiden
Kristjan Järvi conducts the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra

Claude Debussy
Des pas sur la neige
Piano: Daniel Barenboim

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Folk Songs of the Four Seasons: Suite
Martin Yates conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

William James Kirkpatrick
‘Away in a Manger’
Organ: James Sherlock
Nigel Short conducts Tenebrae


Tuesday 10 December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES

Tonight, Jane Jones invites you to put your skates on and take to the ice as the Full Works Concert opens with Waldteufel’s light-hearted waltz Les Patineurs.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra performs the ‘Troika’ from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé, before we hear Chopin’s Winter Wind and a symphony of carols arranged by Victor Hely-Hutchinson. There’s also a selection of music from festive films The Polar Express, It’s A Wonderful Life and Frozen.

The programme also marks another birthday: that of the violinist Sarah Chang. Tonight, we hear her recording of Paganini’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No.1.

Émile Waldteufel
Les Patineurs Op. 183
Ronald Corp conducts the New London Orchestra

George Frederic Handel
‘Worthy is the Lamb’
(From Messiah)
Andrew Davis conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Sergei Prokofiev
Troika
(from Lieutenant Kijé Op. 60)
Neeme Järvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Alan Silvestri
The Polar Express: Suite
Alan Silvestri conducts a studio orchestra

Frédéric Chopin
Etude in A minor Op. 25 No.11
(‘Winter Wind’)
Piano: Murray Perahia

Dmitri Tiomkin
It’s a Wonderful Life – Finale
Dmitri Tiomkin conducts a studio orchestra

Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Carol Symphony
Gavin Sutherland conducts the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Niccolò Paganini
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major Op. 6
Violin: Sarah Chang
Wolfgang Sawalisch conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra

Danny Elfman
Edward Scissorhands – Ice Dance
Shirley Walker conducts a studio orchestra and chorus

Paul Joyce
The Snow Queen – Suite
Ian Hughes conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Christophe Beck
Frozen – Epilogue
Tim Davies conducts the Frozen Cast Pit Orchestra


Wednesday 11 December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES

Tonight’s Full Works Concert continues our week-long celebration of seasonal music and begins with the Sleigh Ride by Delius, before a wistful and joyful arrangement for string quartet of the music from Howard Blake’s perennial hit The Snowman.

The centrepiece of the evening is Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, performed by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Gustav Holst is known at this time of year for his setting of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, but in the spirit of Christmas giving, tonight we hear a work he wrote as a gift for St. Paul’s Girls’ School. There’s also a musical depiction of a Roman carnival from Berlioz, who was born on this day in 1803, after we hear a suite of music from Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed opera Christmas Eve.

Frederick Delius
Sleigh Ride
John Rutter conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Howard Blake
The Snowman – Suite
Paavo String Quartet

Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols Op. 28
Soloists: James Clark, Julian Godlee & Osian Ellis
David Willcocks conducts the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Josef Strauss
Winterlust Polka Op. 121
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Storrs Willis
‘It came upon the midnight clear’
Joseph Jennings conducts Chanticleer

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Christmas Eve Suite
Neeme Järvi conducts the Scottish National Orchestra

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Piano: Lang Lang

Gustav Holst
St. Paul’s Suite Op. 29 No.2
Richard Hickox conducts the City of London Sinfonia

Hector Berlioz
Roman Carnival Overture
Thomas Dausgaard conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra


Thursday 12 December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES

Catherine Bott opens this evening’s concert with a whirlwind tour of the snowy Finnish mountains. She then returns to Scandinavia later in the programme to play a complete recording of Grieg’s Holberg Suite, made in the mid-80s by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner.

The centrepiece of tonight’s Full Works Concert is Joanna Lumley’s narration of The 12 Days of Christmas. Later in the programme, we’ll also enjoy John Williams’ score to the seasonal film favourite Home Alone and festive ballet music by Offenbach.

Jean Sibelius
Finlandia Op. 26
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra

John Rutter
Nativity Carol
John Rutter conducts the City of London Sinfonia & Cambridge Singers

Adam Saunders & John Julius Norwich
The 12 Days of Christmas
Narrator: Joanna Lumley
Gavin Sutherland conducts the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

John Fox
Carol Fantasia
Gavin Sutherland conducts the Royal Ballet Sinfonia

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

Jacques Offenbach
Ballet of the Snowflakes
Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre

John Williams
‘Somewhere in my Memory’
(from the film Home Alone)
Christopher Bell conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Philip Lane
Old Christmas Music
Gavin Sutherland conducts the Royal Ballet Sinfonia

Sergei Prokofiev
Winter Bonfire Op. 122 – Suite
José Serebrier conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Paisley Abbey Boy Choristers


Friday 13 December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES

Tonight, Catherine Bott treats listeners to a firm festive favourite: Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Georg Solti.

Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival opens our concert and we’ll also hear two popular carols: ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘See Amid the Winter’s Snow’.

13th December is National Violin Day, so Catherine seizes the moment and feature Beethoven’s one and only Violin Concerto performed by Janine Jansen. The programme is rounded off with more ballet music: A Winter Landscape from Glazunov’s The Seasons.

Leroy Anderson
A Christmas Festival
Arthur Fiedler conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

Adolphe Adam
‘O Holy Night’
John Rutter conducts the Bath Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker – Suite
Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratorio BWV.248 – Sinfonia
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Concentus Musicus, Vienna

Edward Elgar
The Snow Opus 26 No.1
Richard Hickox conducts the London Symphony Chorus & Northern Sinfonia Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61
Violin: Janine Jansen
Paavo Järvi conducts the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Bremen

John Goss
‘See Amid the Winter’s Snow’
Organ: Huw Williams
Malcolm Archer conducts the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir

Alexander Glazunov
The Seasons Op/ 67 – A Winter Landscape
Dmitri Kitajenko conducts the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Monday 16 December

A WINTER BIRTHDAY

Jane Jones begins tonight’s festive Full Works Concert with a beautiful Ukrainian carol which has come to much greater prominence in recent years, in no small part because of its use in numerous Christmas TV adverts: the Carol of the Bells.

We’ll hear a recording of the best-selling single of all time, Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’, sung by the American baritone Bing Crosby. There’s also music to mark the anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven on this day in 1770 – tonight, we hear Maurizio Pollini at the piano for his Piano Concerto No.4 alongside the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

Mykola Leontovych
Carol of the Bells
Robert Prizeman conducts Libera & a studio orchestra

Bryan Kelly
A Christmas Celebration
Barry Wordsworth conducts the Royal Ballet Sinfonia

Irving Berlin
‘White Christmas’
Baritone: Bing Crosby
London Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major Op. 58
Piano: Maurizio Pollini
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The First Nowell
Soloists: Lisa Milne & Christopher Maltman
Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Anon
‘The First Nowell’
Cello: Peter Gregson
Howard Goodall conducts Enchanted Voices

Patric Standford
A Christmas Carol Symphony
Gavin Sutherland conducts the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra


Tuesday 17 December

CHRISTMAS IN BOSTON

Tonight, Jane Jones takes us across the pond to Boston for a live, toe-tapping Christmas festival courtesy of the Boston Pops Orchestra, joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

There are festive favourites such as ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ as you’ve probably never heard them performed before, and seasonal classics like Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride that will serve as the perfect accompaniment to present-wrapping and tree-decorating.

Jane also showcases the American city with regal firework music from Boston Baroque, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.

Felix Mendelssohn
‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

Traditional
‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

Don Sebesky
A Christmas Scherzo

Johnny Marks
Holly Jolly Jingle

Johnny Marks
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Katherine Kennicott Davies
Carol of the Drum

Mel Torme
‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’

Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride

Anon
3 Christmas Spirituals
Soprano: Melinda Doolittle

Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Felix Bernard
Winter Wonderland
Arthur Fiedler conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

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

Frank Churchill
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Arthur Fiedler conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

George Frideric Handel
Music for the Royal Fireworks
Martin Pearlman conducts Boston Baroque

Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel & Gretel – Dream Pantomime
Arthur Fiedler conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Schlittenfahrt
(‘Sleigh Ride’)
Arthur Fiedler conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

 

Wednesday 18 December

A FESTIVE VIENNESE CELEBRATION

This evening, Jane Jones transports us to the Christmas markets and snow-capped mountains of Austria, with a Viennese Christmas special.

We hear Strauss favourites from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna Symphony Orchestra under esteemed conductors, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir bring some peaceful moments with some of the nation’s best-loved carols.

Soprano Leontyne Price takes to the stage with Herbert von Karajan and later in the programme, the Vienna Philharmonic treats us to some musical storytelling: a complete recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Traditional
Christmas Prologue
(arr. Christian Kolonovits)
Steven Mercurio conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Traditional
‘Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly’
Lucio Golino conducts the Vienna Boys’ Choir

Traditional
‘Still, Still, Still’
Uwe Christian Harrer conducts the Vienna Boys’ Choir

Henry John Gauntlett
‘Once in Royal David’s City’
Peter Marschik conducts the Vienna Boys’ Choir

George Frederic Handel
Joy to the World
Peter Marschik conducts the Vienna Boys’ Choir

Johann Strauss Junior
Vienna Blood
Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Franz Gruber
‘Silent Night’
Soprano: Leontyne Price
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna Singverein

J H Hopkins
‘We Three Kings’
Soprano: Leontyne Price
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna Singverein

Traditional
‘O Tannenbaum’
Soprano: Leontyne Price
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna Singverein

Carl Michael Ziehrer
Viennese Citizens Waltz Op. 419
Mariss Jansons conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Josef Strauss
Feuerfest! Op. 260
Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Johann Strauss Junior
Roses from the South Op. 388
Manfred Honeck conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Christian Kolonivits
Announcing Christmas
Steven Mercurio conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Adolphe Adam
‘O Holy Night’
Soprano: Leontyne Price
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna Singverein


Thursday 19 December

CHRISTMAS IN LIVERPOOL

Tonight, Catherine Bott takes us to the city of Liverpool for a special festive programme.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus perform a selection of seasonal favourites including ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’, ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’. The orchestra is then joined by their principal clarinettist, Nicholas Cox, to perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, before we hear from the two cathedral choirs of Liverpool.

Traditional
‘Ding dong merrily on high’

Harold Darke
‘In the Bleak Midwinter’

Edgar Pettman
‘The Infant King’

Traditional
‘The Boar’s Head’

Traditional
‘Deck the Halls’

Traditional
‘O little one sweet’

Edmund Walters
‘Little Robin Redbreast’

Franz Gruber
‘Silent Night ‘

John Francis Wade
‘O come, all ye faithful’

Soprano: Jocelyn Bell
Edmund Walters conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir & St Ambrose R.C Junior School Choir

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Concerto in A major K.622
Clarinet: Nicholas Cox
Roy Goodman conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Peter Warlock
‘Adam lay ybounden’
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

Martin Howarth
‘Angels and Shepherds’
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

Traditional
‘A Maiden Most Gentle’
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

Herbert Howells
‘A Spotless Rose’
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

Traditional
‘Joys Seven’
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

Traditional
‘Angelus ad Virginem’
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

David Forshaw
‘Still the dark lies’
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

Bernard Sims
‘If you had been to Bethlehem’
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

Morten Lauridsen
O Magnum Mysterium
Organ: Ian Wells
Ian Tracey conducts the Liverpool Cathedral Choir

George Butterworth
English Idyll No.1
John Wilson conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

James MacMillan
‘O Radiant Dawn’
Organ: Richard Lea
Christopher McElroy conducts the Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral


Friday 20 December

A HALLÉ CHRISTMAS

Tonight, Catherine Bott presents a festive evening with Manchester’s prestigious Hallé Orchestra and Chorus. We hear arrangements of favourites including John Gardner’s ‘Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day’, Rutter’s Angel’s Carol and Harold Darke’s setting of the Christina Rossetti poem ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’.

Several works by well-known British composers complement the festive favourites, including Holst’s rarely heard Lyric Movement for Viola and Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suite, which the composer began writing when he was a young boy.

Richard Bissill
A Christmas Carnival
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra

John Gardner
‘Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day’
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus

Adam Saunders
Fairytale Sleigh Ride
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Wasps – Overture
Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra

John Rutter
Angel’s Carol
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus

Harold Darke / Christina Rossetti
‘In the Bleak Midwinter’
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus

Roderick Elms
Noel
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra

John Ireland
‘The Holy Boy’
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus

Traditional
‘In Dulci Jubilo’ (arr. Pearsall)
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus

Gustav Holst
Lyric Movement for Viola & Small Orchestra
Viola: Timothy Pooley
Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra

Henry Smart
‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’
Soprano: Claire Rutter
Carl Davis conducts the Hallé Orchestra

Jay Livingston
Silver Bells
Soprano: Claire Rutter
Carl Davis conducts the Hallé Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
‘Bleibet meine Freude’
Soprano: Claire Rutter
Carl Davis conducts the Hallé Orchestra

Hugh Martin
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Soprano: Claire Rutter
Carl Davis conducts the Hallé Orchestra

Carl Davis
The Most Wonderful Birthday of All
Soprano: Claire Rutter
Carl Davis conducts the Hallé Orchestra

Edward Elgar
The Wand of Youth Suite No.1
Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra

Anon
‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’
Stephen Bell conducts the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus

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