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 24 January


Tonight, Catherine Bott celebrates the last of the ‘Three Bs’ to feature in Classic FM’s Great Composers Month: Johann Sebastian Bach. The leading member of a big musical family, Bach enriched and established classical styles across genres with his mastery of harmony, counterpoint and melody.

Tonight we hear the breadth of his genius, from an organ work synonymous with horror films, to peaceful choral music and virtuoso instrumental writing. Other highlights include the Orchestral Suite No.3, which features the famous Air on a G String, and Glenn Gould’s idiosyncratic recording of Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in E major.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV.565
Organ: William McVicker

‘Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring’
Edward Higginbottom conducts Capricorn and the Choir of New College, Oxford

Concerto in D minor for 2 violins BWV.1043
Violins: Anne-Sophie Mutter and Salvatore Accardo
English Chamber Orchestra

Prelude & Fugue No.1 in C major BWV.846
Piano: Angela Hewitt

Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV.1068
Helmut Muller-Bruhl conducts the Cologne Chamber Orchestra

‘Sheep may Safely Graze’
Soprano: Magdalena Kozena
Marek Strynd conducts Musica Florea

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

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

Flute Sonata in E major BWV.1035
(arranged for flute and guitar)
Flute: Marina Piccinini
Brasil Guitar Duo

Monday 27 January


Jane Jones begins the final week of Great Composers Month with a musical portrait of Frédéric Chopin, a true virtuoso who established a new standard for piano music.

Our concert opens with one of Chopin’s best-known solo piano works, the Nocturne in E-flat performed by Stephen Hough. We’ll also hear Chopin’s music for the ballet Les Sylphides before the centrepiece of the evening, his Piano Concerto No.1, which the composer premiered in his ‘farewell’ concert before leaving Poland.

Nocturne in E-flat major Op. 9 No.2
Piano: Stephen Hough

Les Sylphides
Richard Bonynge conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra

Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op. 11
Piano: Martha Argerich
Jacek Kaspszyk conducts the Swiss-Italian Orchestra

Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Op. 22
Piano: Ingolf Wunder

Nocturne in B-flat minor Op. 9 No.1
Violin: Nigel Kennedy
Jacek Kaspszyk conducts the Polish Chamber Orchestra

Polonaise Brillante Op. 3
Cello: Mischa Maisky
Piano: Martha Argerich

Waltz in C-sharp minor Op. 64 No.2
Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Tuesday 28 January


Jane Jones continues Great Composers Month with an evening in the company Norway’s greatest musical hero: Edvard Grieg. A man deeply devoted to his homeland, who kept a figurine of a frog in his pocket at all times for good luck, Grieg is considered one of the leading composers of the Romantic era, influencing the likes of Debussy and Ravel.

Our concert opens with one of his best-known works, the Piano Concerto in A minor performed by the young pianist Alice-Sara Ott, followed by his incidental music to Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. There’s also a piece written in celebration of Grieg’s own silver wedding anniversary and a lesser known musical depiction of the Norwegian countryside.

Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16
Piano: Alice-Sara Ott
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Sakari Oramo conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Ave Maris Stella
Paul McCreesh conducts the Gabrieli Consort

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

Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op. 65 No.6
Piano: Leif Ove Andsnes

The Last Spring Op. 34
Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Norwegian Dances Op. 35
Neeme Järvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Intermezzo for Cello and Piano
Piano: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Cello: Truls Mørk

Wednesday 29 January


Tonight, Jane Jones celebrates a truly international composer: Frederick Delius. Though born in Bradford, Delius lived and work across America and Europe, drawing influences from the natural world and cultural history of his surroundings.

A pastoral favourite, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, opens our concert, followed by the Florida Suite which Delius composed after his time working as the manager of an orange grove in the US state. We also hear Sunset, a beautiful duo for cello and piano performed by Julian Lloyd Webber and John Lenehan, and music from the opera A Village: Romeo and Juliet.

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Owain Arwel Hughes conducts Camerata Wales

Florida Suite
Vernon Handley conducts the Ulster Orchestra

La Calinda
Richard Hickox conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Cello: Julian Lloyd Webber
Piano: John Lenehan

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

Piano Concerto in C minor
Piano: Howard Shelley
Andrew Davis conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

2 Aquarelles
Benjamin Britten conducts the English Chamber Orchestra

Dance Rhapsody No.2
Richard Hickox conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 30 January


Tonight, Catherine Bott celebrates a child prodigy who so greatly impressed the Paris Conservatoire that they waived the age rule, and offered him a place at the age of nine: Georges Bizet.

We hear proof of Bizet’s youthful genius in his Symphony in C, which he wrote aged seventeen, completing it in just a month. Catherine also features a suite from Carmen, the composer’s most popular work, which he never lived to see become a success. Other highlights include an instantly recognisable duet sung by Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel, and a cycle of piano miniatures inspired by a free-spirited ‘bohémienne’ girl.

Carmen Suite No.1
Pablo Gonzalez conducts the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

The Pearl Fishers – Duet
Tenors: Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel
Barry Wordsworth conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Symphony in C major
François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles

L’Arlésienne Suite No.1
Marc Minkowski conducts Les Musiciens du Louvre

Chants du Rhin
(‘Songs of the Rhine’)
Piano: Jean-Marc Luisada

La Patrie
Paul Paray conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Friday 31 January


Catherine Bott brings Great Composers Month to a close with a celebration a great melodist and one of the most influential composers of the Romantic period: Tchaikovsky.

We honour the composer who has been the subject of much mystery and speculation with two very special exclusive recordings. First, a live performance of the 1812 Overture from the debut performance of the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra, a new ensemble comprised of talented young musicians from Russian and Britain. Catherine also features a radio premiere of a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto by Maxim Vengerov, accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France directed by Myun-Whun Chung.

Elsewhere in the programme there are two star-crossed lovers, and an aria from Tchaikovsky’s adaptation of Pushkin’s novel in verse, Eugene Onegin.

1812 Overture Op. 49
Jan Latham-Koenig conducts the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra

Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35
Violin: Maxim Vengerov
Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. 19 No.4
Piano: Lang Lang

Romeo & Juliet
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33
Cello: Julian Lloyd Webber
Maxim Shostakovich conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

Prince Gremin’s Aria
(from the opera Eugene Onegin)
Tenor: Boris Christoff
Wilhelm Schuchter conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Melodie Op. 42 No.3
Violin: Charlie Siem
Paul Goodwin conducts the Munich Radio Orchestra

Monday 3 February


Jane Jones presents the first of two very special evenings with the Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau. Recorded exclusively for Classic FM in the haven of the Bavarian Alps in November 2019, this event brings together some of today’s finest classical soloists alongside the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Marc Bouchkov is the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto before Gabor Takács-Nagy leads the orchestra in Haydn’s Symphony No.90. Other highlights include a Tchaikovsky lullaby played by young pianist Behzod Abduraimov and chamber music from Benny Tseng, Pablo Ferrández and George Li.

We end the evening with music performed by other soloists who have been supported by the festival, and hear a track from Einaudi’s album Seven Days Walking, which was recorded at Schloss Elmau in 2018.

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
Violin: Marc Bouchkov
Gabor Takács-Nagy conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Piano: Behzod Abduraimov

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.90 in C major Hob.I:90
Gabor Takács-Nagy conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op. 49
Violin: Benny Tseng
Cello: Pablo Ferrández
Piano: George Li

Isaac Albéniz
Guitar: Miloš Karadaglić

Antonín Dvořák
Silent Woods Op. 68 No.5
Cello: Mischa Maisky
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestra de Paris

Ludovico Einaudi
Piano: Ludovico Einaudi

Tuesday 4 February


Jane Jones presents a second evening of exclusive live concert recordings from the Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau.

First, Gabor Takács-Nagy directs the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra for Mozart’s overture to La Clemenza di Tito, before young pianist Lukas Geniusas plays Schubert. The centrepiece of the evening is Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 (‘Pastoral’) – the perfect music for a setting in the Bavarian countryside.

Later in the evening, we hear recordings from artists who have supported the unique venue, including the great Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La Clemenza di Tito – Overture
Gabor Takács-Nagy conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Franz Schubert
Impromptu in Ab major D.935 No.2
Piano: Lukas Geniusas

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.6 in F major Op. 68
Gabor Takács-Nagy conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Frédéric Chopin
Prelude in D-flat major Op. 28 No.15
Piano: Behzod Abduraimov

Max Bruch
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op. 26
Violin: Maxim Vengerov
Kurt Masur conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Joseph Haydn
Keyboard Concerto in G major Hob.XVIII:4
Keyboard: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Gabor Takács-Nagy conducts the Manchester Camerata

Wednesday 5 February


Christmas is long gone, and summer is still a while away; it’s the time of year when we all need a little pick-me-up. So, for the next few evenings, the Full Works Concert is dedicated to musical mood-lifters.

The celebrations begin with a fanfare courtesy of Copland, before we hear Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto with James Galway and Catrin Finch as the soloists.

Rimsky-Korsakov takes us to sunnier climes with his Capriccio Espagnol, and other highlights include an opera favourite by Verdi and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2. Jane Jones presents.

Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man
Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute & Harp Concerto in C major K.299
Flute: James Galway
Harp: Catrin Finch
Sinfonia Varsovia

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Capriccio Espagnol Op. 34
Neeme Järvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Arturo Marquez
Danzon No.2
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Cello Concerto in A major
Steven Isserlis directs the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra from the cello

Giuseppe Verdi
Grand March
(From the opera Aida)
Richard Hickox conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Gerald Finzi
Romance in E-flat major Op. 11
Howard Griffiths conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C-sharp minor
Piano: George Li

Thursday 6 February


Catherine Bott presents another evening of music to keep you smiling, beginning with Walton’s Crown Imperial, composed for the non-existent coronation of Edward VIII, and eventually premiered at George VI’s coronation.

We also hear Brahms’ musical tribute to Haydn, a taste of Spain courtesy of Rodrigo, and Weber’s effervescent Clarinet Concerto No.1.

William Walton
Crown Imperial
Louis Frémaux conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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

Aaron Copland
Rodeo – 4 Dance Episodes
David Zinman conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Joaquin Rodrigo
Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre
Guitar: Alfonso Moreno
Enrique Batiz conducts the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra

Hubert Parry
Lady Radnor’s Suite
Patrick Hawes conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Friday 7 February


Catherine Bott presents our final concert dedicated to musical mood-lifters.

The evening begins with one of the most recognisable themes in classical music, Rossini’s overture to William Tell. Andrew Manze then conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Mozart’s Symphony No.40 before the Labeque sisters perform Mendelssohn’s Concerto for 2 Pianos. We end the week with a Strauss favourite, before Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach’s Cello Suite No.1.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.40 in G minor K.550
Andrew Manze conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie

Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for 2 Pianos & Orchestra in E major
Piano: Katie and Marielle Labeque
Semyon Bychkov conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Johann Strauss Jr
By the Beautiful Blue Danube Op. 314
Gerard Schwarz conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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

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