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 20 September 

LEGENDS WEEK

To round-off Classic FM’s week-long celebration of classical legends, Catherine Bott celebrates the late, great André Previn, with his recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, before a moment of calm from Sviatoslav Richter. 

Other highlights include a Donizetti aria performed by Luciano Pavarotti, and music from the renowned Bach interpreter, Glenn Gould. 

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade Op. 35
André Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra 

Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto in E major BWV.1053
Piano: Glenn Gould
Vladimir Golschmann conducts the Columbia Symphony Orchestra 

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.101 in D major
Thomas Beecham conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 

Gaetano Donizetti
‘Una furtiva lagrima’ (From the opera L’elisir d’amore)
Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti
Richard Bonynge conducts the English Chamber Orchestra 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Romance in F minor Op. 5
Piano: Sviatoslav Richter


Monday 23 September

GREAT BRITISH ORCHESTRAS 

This week, as the new season of concerts gets underway across the UK, we showcase some of Britain’s greatest orchestras – with a particular focus on the ensembles with which Classic FM works most closely to promote and support live music-making. 

Classic FM’s Artists in Residence, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, celebrate their 60th anniversary this year. 

Tonight, Jane Jones begins our concert with their recordings of Humperdinck’s overture to Hansel & Gretel and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.4. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, meanwhile, marked their 125th anniversary last year. 

Tonight, we hear them performing music by Tchaikovsky, Bach, and the rarely-heard Norwegian composer Christian Sinding. 

Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel & Gretel – Overture
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Horn Concerto No.4 in E-flat major K.495
Horn: Barry Tuckwell
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.2 in B-flat major D.125
Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Romeo & Juliet
Andrew Litton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 

Christian Sinding
Violin Concerto No.1 in A major Op. 45
Violin: Henning Kraggerud
Bjarte Engeset conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 

Johann Sebastian Bach
Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor BWV.582
José Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Tuesday 24 September

GREAT BRITISH ORCHESTRAS 

Jane Jones continues our showcase of Great British Orchestras with the oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra in the UK: the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. We’ll hear the overture to Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps, before the centrepiece of the evening: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.3 conducted by ‘honorary scouser’ Vasily Petrenko.

We also celebrate Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour, the Philharmonia Orchestra, with music from Pride and Prejudice, Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind, and a rarely-heard but beautiful piano concerto by Mozart’s supposed nemesis: Antonio Salieri.

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

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.3 in D major Op. 29
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Carl Davis
Pride and Prejudice – Meet the Family
Piano: Melvyn Tan
Carl Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
Serenade for Wind in D minor Op. 44
Christopher Warren Green conducts members of the Philharmonia Orchestra

Antonio Salieri
Piano Concerto in C major
Pietro Spada leads the Philharmonia Orchestra from the keyboard

 

Wednesday 25 September

GREAT BRITISH ORCHESTRAS 

Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Midlands, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, celebrate their centenary in 2020. Tonight, the CBSO opens our third celebration of Great British Orchestras, with music by Walton, Saint-Saens and Britten.

The Royal Northern Sinfonia, meanwhile, celebrated their 60th birthday last year; tonight, they perform music by Haydn and Hoffmann. And our concert concludes with three selections from the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North – although one of them comes without a singer in sight… Jane Jones presents.

William Walton
Orb & Sceptre
Louis Frémaux conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saens
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op. 22
Piano: Stephen Hough
Sakari Oramo conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Benjamin Britten
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Simon Rattle conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Leopold Hoffmann
Cello Concerto in A major
Tim Hugh directs the Royal Northern Sinfonia from the cello

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.53 in D major
Rebecca Miller conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Giuseppe Verdi
‘Va pensiero’
(From the opera Nabucco)
David Parry conducts the Opera North Orchestra & Chorus 

Antonin Dvorak
Song to the Moon
(from the opera Rusalka)
(arranged for flute and orchestra)
Flute: Katherine Bryan
Bramwell Tovey conducts the Orchestra of Opera North

Hubert Parry
Jerusalem
Paul Daniel conducts the Orchestra of Opera North & Leeds Festival Chorus

 

Thursday 26 September

GREAT BRITISH ORCHESTRAS 

Our week-long celebration of some of the country’s finest orchestras continues with two brilliant ensembles, both of which Classic FM works with very closely to promote live music: the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

From the RSNO, we hear a relaxing favourite by Debussy, a virtuosic piano concerto by Gershwin, and film music by the much-missed American composer James Horner. The LSO, meanwhile, performs one of Haydn’s ‘London’ symphonies and a buoyant clarinet concerto by the Swedish-Finnish composer and clarinettist, Bernhard Crusell. Catherine Bott presents.

Claude Debussy
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Stéphane Denève conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 

George Gershwin
Piano Concerto in F major
Piano: Xaiyin Wang
Peter Oundjian conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 

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

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.99 in E-flat major
Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Bernhard Crusell
Clarinet Concerto No.3 in B-flat major Op. 11
Clarinet: Thea King
Alun Francis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

 

Friday 27 September

GREAT BRITISH ORCHESTRAS 

Tonight, Catherine Bott concludes Classic FM’s celebration of Great British Orchestras with a variety of fine ensembles from these shores.

Among the highlights, we hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski; the Hallé Orchestra performing Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suite No.1, which he began writing when he was just a child; and a Haydn symphony from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute Concerto No.1 in G major K.313
Flute: Kate Hill
Nicholas Cleobury conducts the Britten Sinfonia 

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

Thomaso Antonio Vitali
Chaconne in G minor
Violin: Sarah Chang
Jun Märkl conducts the English Chamber Orchestra 

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.103 in E-flat major
Thomas Beecham conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

William Lloyd Webber
Serenade for Strings
Richard Hickox conducts the City of London Sinfonia

Modest Mussorgsky
A Night on the Bare Mountain
Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

  

Monday 30 September

CLASSIC FM HALL OF FAME FAVOURITES

Catherine Bott presents a two-hour concert of favourites from the world’s biggest poll of classical music tastes: the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame.

We start with the overture to one of Mozart’s most popular operas, before a complete performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 from star young pianist Daniil Trifonov. Catherine also features a film favourite courtesy of Howard Shore and ends the evening with the music of Bach. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Marriage of Figaro – Overture
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Op. 23
Piano: Daniil Trifonov
Valery Gergiev conducts the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre 

Aram Khachaturian
Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia
Libor Pešek conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saëns
Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28
Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Seiji Ozawa conducts the Saito Kinen Orchestra 

Alexander Borodin
In the Steppes of Central Asia
Neeme Järvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Howard Shore
The Lord of the Rings – Breaking of the Fellowship
David Arnold conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei Op. 47
Cello: Mischa Maisky
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestre de Paris 

Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV.1068
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists


Tuesday 1 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH – RIGA JURMALA MUSIC FESTIVAL

October is Live Music Month on Classic FM – and every evening on the Full Works Concert, we’re showcasing the world’s greatest orchestras, conductors, and musicians in their finest form – recorded in venues across the globe.

Tonight, Catherine Bott presents a Classic FM exclusive: an exclusively-recorded concert from the opening weekend of Riga Jūrmala, a new festival in Latvia which launched this summer. Rudolf Buchbinder is the soloist in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2, before Beethoven’s Symphony No.2 is performed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Susanna Mälkki.

Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major Op. 83
Piano: Rudolf Buchbinder
Susanna Mälkki conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.2 in D major Op. 36
Susanna Mälkki conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

 

Wednesday 2 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH – ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

For the second evening of Live Music Month, Catherine Bott presents an exclusive concert from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of their Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko.

Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, inspired by his travels to the island of Staffa, begins our concert, followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Boris Giltburg as the soloist. We then return to Scotland to hear young classical star Noa Wildschut as the soloist in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.

Felix Mendelssohn
Hebrides Overture Op. 26
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op. 15
Piano: Boris Giltburg
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 

Max Bruch
Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major Op. 46
Violin: Noa Wildschut
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Thursday 3 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH – THE INTERNATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION 

As part of Live Music Month on Classic FM, Catherine Bott presents two evenings of exclusively-recorded performances from the International Tchaikovsky Competition: one of the biggest events in the international music community, which helped to launch the careers of pianists including Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Lill and Daniil Trifonov.

Our concert is bookended with two works for strings: young Japanese-American violinist Mayumi Kanagawa performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5, and Taeguk Mun performs Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor. The centrepiece of the evening is Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.2, performed by the Grand Prix winner of the competition: 22-year-old Alexandre Kantorow.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No.5 in A major K.219
Violin: Mayumi Kanagawa
Yuri Simonov conducts the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra 

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.2 in G major Op. 44
Piano: Alexandre Kantorow
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104
Cello: Taeguk Mun
Nikolai Alexeev conducts the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Friday 4 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH – THE INTERNATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION

Catherine Bott spends a second night at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, showcasing the finest young talent in classical music as part of Classic FM’s Live Music Month. 

We begin with the winner of the violin finals, Sergey Dogadin, and his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The winners of the wind finals also feature, performing music by Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach and Rossini.

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35
Sergey Dogadin directs the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra from the violin

Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach
Flute Concerto in D minor Wq 22
Flute: Matvey Denim
Christian Knapp conducts the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Gioachino Rossini
Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra
Clarinet: Alessandro Beverari
Christian Knapp conducts the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No.3 in G major K.216
Aylan Pritchen directs the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra from the violin 

 

Monday 7 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH

Join Jane Jones as she begins the second week of Classic FM’s Live Music Month.

In this first half of tonight’s concert, we hear the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of their Conductor Laureate, Vladimir Ashkenazy. We begin with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture before Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2, recorded as part of the orchestra’s full Rachmaninov cycle at the Royal Festival Hall in 2015.

We then head into the archives, for a vintage performance of Brahms’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel by the Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel, recorded live in Vienna 40 years ago. 

Dmitri Shostakovich
Festive Overture in A major Op. 96
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra 

Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 in E minor Op. 27
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra 

Johannes Brahms
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Op. 24
Piano: Alfred Brendel

 

Tuesday 8 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH – THE GSTAAD MENUHIN FESTIVAL

Jane Jones presents another concert as part of Classic FM’s Live Music Month.

Tonight, we’re transported to the Gstaad Menuhin Festival: an event founded by the great Yehudi Menuhin in 1957, which takes place annually in the Swiss Alps. We’ll hear two exclusive recordings: Pierre Bleuse conducts the Basel Chamber Orchestra in Bizet’s Symphony in C, written when the composer was only seventeen, before the Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta takes to the stage for Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No.2. 

We then journey from the Swiss Alps to Israel, for a historic, live concert recording of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto. The work was written while the composer was staying in Paris, and became a firm favourite of Marie Antoinette.

Georges Bizet
Symphony in C major
Pierre Bleuse conducts the Basel Chamber Orchestra 

Camille Saint-Saëns
Cello Concerto No.2 in D minor Op. 119
Cello: Sol Gabetta
Pierre Bleuse conducts the Basel Chamber Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute & Harp Concerto in C major K.299
Flute: Uri Shaham
Harp: Judith Liber
Paul Paray conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

  

Wednesday 9 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH – CLASSIC FM LIVE

Fireworks, outstanding soloists, and the world’s greatest music played to a sold-out audience. It can only mean one thing: Classic FM Live. Tonight, join Jane Jones for the exclusive broadcast of last night’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus take to the stage under the direction of Stephen Barlow to celebrate 90 years of Decca Records and tonight, two of the label’s brilliant young artists – pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Isata Kanneh-Mason – perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise respectively. 

One of the country’s great choirmasters, Gareth Malone, directs a selection of choral favourites and new works, and we’ll also hear a new work by Classic FM’s Composer in Residence, Debbie Wiseman, written specially for Decca Records’ 90th birthday.

Other highlights include the Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo & Juliet Op. 64 – Dance of the Knights
Stephen Barlow conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Gabriel Fauré
Pavane Op. 50
Stephen Barlow conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 

Debbie Wiseman
Decca 90
Debbie Wiseman conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Gareth Malone
January
Gareth Malone conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Gareth Malone
Wherever You Are
Gareth Malone conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano: Benjamin Grosvenor
Stephen Barlow conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Giuseppe Verdi
Aida – Grand March
Stephen Barlow conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Frédéric Chopin
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise
Piano: Isata Kanneh-Mason
Stephen Barlow conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture Op. 49
Stephen Barlow conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus


Thursday 10 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH – LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

As we continue Classic FM’s Live Music Month, Catherine Bott celebrates some of the London Symphony Orchestra’s best live recordings.

We begin with the orchestra’s first ever recording on their own record label, LSO Live: Dvořák’s Symphony No.9 (‘From the New World’). We also hear Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Maria João Pires as soloist, before Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, who returns to conduct the LSO later this month.

Antonin Dvořák
Symphony No.9 in E minor Op. 95
(‘From the New World’)
Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Robert Schumann
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54
Piano: Maria João Pires
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Gianandrea Noseda conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

 

Friday 11 October

LIVE MUSIC MONTH – LUCIANO PAVAROTTI: LIVE IN HYDE PARK

On the eve of what would have been the late, great tenor’s 84th birthday, Catherine Bott presents the entirety of Luciano Pavarotti’s iconic 1991 ‘Live in Hyde Park’ concert, recorded in front of a crowd of over 100,000 people, including the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The star tenor performs some of the most recognisable arias in all opera, including Puccini’s ‘E lucevan le stelle’ and ‘Nessun dorma’, alongside a variety of lesser-known gems.

Giuseppe Verdi
I Vespri Siciliani – Overture

Giacomo Meyerbeer
‘Mi batte il cor.. O Paradiso’
(from the opera L’Africaine)

Giuseppe Verdi
‘Le mia letizia infondere’
(from the opera I Lombardi)

Giuseppe Verdi
‘Quando le sere al placido’
(from the opera Luisa Miller)

Jules Massenet
‘Pourquoi me réveiller’
(from the opera Werther)

Giacomo Puccini
‘Recondita armonia’
(from the opera Tosca) 

Giacomo Puccini
‘E lucevan le stelle’
(from the opera Tosca) 

Ruggero Leoncavallo
‘Vesti la giubba’
(from the opera Pagliacci)

Cesare Bixio
‘Mamma’

Cesare Bixio
‘La mia canzone al vento’

Ernesto de Curtis
‘Non ti scordar di me’

Eduardo di Capua
‘O sole mio’

Ernesto de Curtis
‘Torna a Surriento’

Giacomo Puccini
‘Tra voi belle, brune e bionde’
(from the opera Manon Lescaut)

Giacomo Puccini
‘Donna non vidi mai’
(from the opera Manon Lescaut)

Giacomo Puccini
‘Nessun dorma’
(from the opera Turandot)

Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti
Leone Magiera conducts the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra

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