This week’s radio highlights – including Album of the Week and Drive Discovery
28 November 2022, 11:27 | Updated: 29 November 2022, 10:48
The best programmes and music we’ve got coming up on Classic FM in the week of 28 November.
Mornings on Classic FM
Every morning on Classic FM, join Tim Lihoreau for three hours of the perfect start-the-day music as he wakes the nation up with 15 minutes of music from the Classic FM Hall of Fame at 6am, plus more brilliant music and some devilish brain-teasers to get your mind into gear.
Plus, on Thursday Tim will be switching on the sound of Christmas, with a whole hour of festive music from 8am!
The Harp Interlude from Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’
On St. Cecilia's Day, music from a great composer who was born on the feast day of the patron saint of music and musicians. This is the harp Interlude from Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’. (via Cecily Beer, Voces8 Studios and Great Saint Bartholomew)Posted by Classic FM on Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Then, at the weekend, Moira Stuart sprinkles some festive music into her Hall of Fame Concert on Saturday afternoon, ahead of Saturday Night at the Movies where Andrew Collins features music from some of his favourite films released this year.
On Sunday evening, Moira Stuart is here once more, and this time is joined by comedian, musician and actor, Bill Bailey. On Moira Stuart Meets..., Bill tells Moira where his love of music comes from and how he came up with his unique musical comedy act. He talks about his Strictly Come Dancing partnership with Oti Mabuse, and selects some of his favourite classical music, from Mozart to Bizet.
Classic FM’s Album of the Week
Best of 2022 – featuring recordings by Sinfonia of London, The Sixteen, Freddie De Tommaso, and Víkingur Ólafsson
Each morning this week, Alexander Armstrong selects a track from five of his favourite albums released in 2022 – all previous Albums of the Week on Classic FM.
On Monday, there’s a brilliant recording of Ravel’s Boléro by Sinfonia of London and John Wilson, before a choral classic performed by The Voices of Classic FM, The Sixteen, on Tuesday.
Midweek on Wednesday, hear star tenor Freddie De Tommaso’s incredible take on Puccini’s famous aria, ‘Nessun Dorma’, and on Thursday it’s the turn of pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, with a lesser-heard setting of ‘Ave Maria’.
Alexander rounds the week off with a further recording by John Wilson and Sinfonia of London, this time from their album of John Ireland works.
Join Alexander Armstrong every morning this week to hear his top picks from 2022, just after 10am.
Classic FM’s Drive Discovery
Best of 2022 – featuring recordings by Richard Carpenter, Pablo Ferrández, Esther Abrami, Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Chad Lawson
Join John Brunning in the early evenings every day this week to hear music from five of his favourite releases of 2022, previously featured as his Drive Discovery.
He begins with a track from Richard Carpenter’s Piano Songbook on Monday, followed by a dreamy cello arrangement of Fauré’s Après un rêve from Pablo Ferrández’s album Night Sessions on Tuesday.
Wednesday sees John highlight a performance by violinist Esther Abrami, followed by Thursday’s Brahms symphony by Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Finally, on Friday, John plays a relaxing piece to get you in the mood for the weekend, by Chad Lawson.
You can hear a different track every evening this week with John Brunning, just after 6pm.
Classic FM’s Album of the Weekend
Best of 2022 – featuring recordings by Leif Ove Andsnes, Tenebrae, Boris Giltburg and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tredegar Town Band, Peter Donohoe, and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
This weekend, hear some of the top highlights from this year’s selection of Classic FM Albums of the Weekend. On Friday afternoon, just after 2pm, Anne-Marie Minhall selects a piece from Leif Ove Andsnes’ Mozart Momentum 1786.
Join us throughout the day on Saturday to hear more, as Alan Titchmarsh highlights a stunning Beethoven symphony from Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, and Aled Jones picks out a piano concerto by the same composer, performed by Boris Giltburg and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Then, on Sunday, Aled’s second selection pays homage to his home country, as the Tredegar Town Band perform Vaughan Williams’ prelude on the Welsh hymn ‘Rhosymedre’. Later in the day, Catherine Bott spotlights a track from Peter Donohoe’s album dedicated to Grieg, and John Humphrys picks out a Mozart concerto by young pianist Mélodie Zhao and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Howard Griffiths.
Boris Giltburg plays Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ sonata
Incredible pianist Boris Giltburg plays Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ sonata. Boris has recently released a new volume in his acclaimed project to record all of the great composer's piano sonatas 👉 https://naxos.lnk.to/970313 (🎥 Fly On The Wall and you can follow Boris at www.facebook.com/Giltburg)Posted by Classic FM on Friday, January 22, 2021