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 15th November

An American in Paris

Gershwin’s musical An American in Paris was first premiered in New York on this day in 1928. The work was inspired by Gershwin’s time in the French capital, where he was surrounded by Parisian art, music and food. Meanwhile, the 1951 film of the same name, inspired by Gershwin’s music, is also saturated with influences from the art world. To mark the 90th anniversary of this great work, Catherine Bott features An American in Paris performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as part of an evening of classical music inspired by art.

We’ll hear one of the most famous instances of the art and music worlds being brought together: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, inspired by paintings by the composer’s friend Viktor Hartmann. Stephen Hough, meanwhile, is best-known for his skills at the keyboard, but he has also recently tried his hand as an artist. Tonight, we’ll hear him performing Hummel’s Piano Concerto No.2. Plus, to open tonight’s concert, an overture to a lesser-known opera by Hector Berlioz, which tells the tale of a Florentine sculptor.

Hector Berlioz
Benvenuto Cellini – Overture
Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

George Gershwin
An American in Paris
Zubin Mehta conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Piano Concerto No.2 in A minor Opus 85
Piano: Stephen Hough
Bryden Thomson conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Jose Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Ottorino Respighi
Botticelli Pictures
Geoffrey Simon conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra


Friday 16th November

Music and Theatre

Music has been combined with theatre for centuries and nowadays, we have a greater selection than ever of plays, musicals, operas, and even new means of bringing together the two artforms. Tonight, Catherine Bott features a selection of classical pieces which originally accompanied plays and have now become favourite works in their own right.

Tonight’s concert begins with Beethoven’s powerful and expressive Egmont Overture, which was originally written for the 1787 play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Catherine also plays Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No.1, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn, Schubert’s ballet music for Rosamunde, a favourite by Grieg, and music by Purcell.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Egmont Overture Opus 84
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Georges Bizet
L’Arlesienne Suite No.1
Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre

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

Franz Schubert
Rosamunde: Ballet Music
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Henry Purcell
Abdelazer – Incidental Music
Purcell Quartet

Edvard Grieg
Peer Gynt Suite No.2
Andrew Davis conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra


Monday 19th November

Composers away from home

Jane Jones presents the first of two evenings of music by composers who travelled far and wide during their careers.

Rossini found his music was underappreciated by his home country of Italy, so journeyed to Paris and London to seek the acclaim he felt he was due. During his time in Paris, he composed his final opera William Tell, which was given an ovation by the Parisian public. Elgar, on the other hand, was not forced to travel to make a living, but instead wrote his tone poem In the South after a family holiday to the town of Alassio in 1903.

We’ll also hear why a young Johann Nepomuk Hummel travelled around Europe with his father and the reason Wagner was exiled to Switzerland.

Gioachino Rossini
William Tell – Overture
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Piano Concerto No.4 in E major Opus 110
Howard Shelley leads the London Mozart Players from the piano

Frederic Chopin
Prelude in D-flat major Opus 28 No.15
Piano: Daniil Trifonov

Richard Wagner
Tristan und Isolde: Symphonic Synthesis (arranged by Leopold Stokowski)
José Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Edward Elgar
In the South (Alassio) Opus 50
Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra


Tuesday 20th November

Composers away from home

Jane Jones presents a second evening of music by composers who left their home countries and wrote music elsewhere in Europe and America.

Mozart travelled throughout Europe with his family as a performer, from when he was a young child through to his adult years as a composer. We’ll also hear how American life influenced Dvorak but Rachmaninov, meanwhile, is known from his travels to America and the influences his time there had on his music, but it is less-known that he spent time in Germany: he composed his Symphony No.2, one of his most-loved works, while in Dresden.

Carl Maria von Weber
Oberon – Overture
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.31 in D major K.297 ('Paris')
Adam Fischer conducts the Danish National Chamber Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 in E minor Opus 27
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
American Suite in A major
Libor Pesek conducts the Prague Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 21st November

Disasterous Premieres

Jane Jones presents a concert of pieces which struggled to impress on their first outings, but which have come to be loved over time.

Elgar’s Cello Concerto is nowadays considered to be one of the greatest large works written for the instrument – but at its premiere, critics described it as ‘lamentable’ and the audience hated it.

At the premiere of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, meanwhile, Beethoven himself was the soloist and his friend Ignaz von Seyfried, who turned the pages of the music for him, later wrote: “I saw almost nothing but empty pages; at the most, on one page or another a few Egyptian hieroglyphs wholly unintelligible to me were scribbled down to serve as clues for him; for he played nearly all the solo part from memory since, as was so often the case, he had not had time to set it all down on paper.”

Richard Wagner
Tannhauser – Overture
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Opus 37
Piano: Evgeny Kissin
Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major BWV.1046
Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the Concerto Italiano

Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor Opus 85
Cello: Jacqueline du Pre
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra


Thursday 22nd November


While Americans all over the world celebrate Thanksgiving this evening, Catherine Bott features an evening of music from the United States, beginning with The Stars and Stripes Forever.

Highlights include works by American composers such as George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, Aaron Copland and Scott Joplin. We’ll also hear a range of the country’s finest orchestras, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the legendary Leonard Bernstein. And later in the evening: music from John Williams as composer, conductor and pianist.

John Philip Sousa
The Stars and Stripes Forever
John Williams conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

George Gershwin
3 Preludes
Violin: Joshua Bell
Piano: John Williams

Leroy Anderson
Leroy Anderson conducts a studio orchestra

Scott Joplin
The Entertainer
Piano: Michael Boriskin

Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No.1 in D major Opus 25
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man
Antal Dorati conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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

Eric Whitacre
The Seal Lullaby
Piano: Christopher Glynn
Eric Whitacre conducts the Eric Whitacre Singers

John Williams
Harry Potter – Hedwig’s Theme
John Williams conducts a studio orchestra

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in F major Opus 6 No.9
Martin Pearlman conducts Boston Baroque

Billy Joel
And So It Goes
Noel Edison conducts the Elora Singers


Friday 23rd November

A Night with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life for generations and tonight, Catherine Bott presents an evening of music performed by Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North West of England.

Beethoven considered his Symphony No.7 to be one of his greatest works; tonight, we hear it under the baton of the Liverpool Phil’s current Music Director, Vasily Petrenko. We also mark what would have been Benjamin Britten’s 105th birthday with one of his best-known works: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Johann Strauss Junior
By the Beautiful Blue Danube Opus 314
Gerard Schwarz conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.7 in A major Opus 92
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak
Violin Concerto in A minor Opus 53
Violin: Tasmin Little
Vernon Handley conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Benjamin Britten
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Opus 34
Libor Pesek conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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