As the nights draw in, the week before the clocks change, John attempts to bring back the warm sunshine with Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo’s best-known work, the Concierto de Aranjuez. He plays a performance by the famed classical guitarist, Milos Karadaglic.
Then, John unveils a new recording of Leonard Bernstein’s popular overture to his operetta based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella, Candide. Marin Alsop conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.
Sunday 31 October
John marks Halloween with a piece that was poorly received at its premiere, by a superstitious audience. But now Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns is amongst the composer’s most celebrated works.
Then, on the day the nation’s clocks were wound back an hour, John features a Haydn symphony famous for the tick-tock rhythms of its second movement; Symphony no.101, known as ‘Clock’.
Sunday 7 November
John features the music of a composer who became the first African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra. Florence Price’s Symphony No.3 was written at the height of the Great Depression, and John includes a recent recording by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Then, he chooses one of his all time favourite pieces of music; Beethoven’s one and only Violin Concerto, performed in sparkling fashion by Classic FM’s Artist-in-Residence, Maxim Vengerov.