Every weeknight from 8pm to 10pm, John Suchet presents ‘The Classic FM Concert’, a two-hour long programme featuring the finest recordings of the music you love, performed by orchestras, choirs and soloists from across the globe.
The exciting new evening show offers a mix of the very best classical music from Monday to Friday, and will play some of the featured symphonies and concertos in their entirety.
Mozart is the next star of Great Composers Month, as John explores the fascinating breadth of the composer’s works from across his tragically short life.
To begin, the overture to The Magic Flute, an opera so successful that it was performed 100 times in its first year, before a beautiful performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 from Daniel Barenboim.
There’s also a recent recording of Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ symphony from the Aurora Orchestra, who are famed for performing without music in front of them, a moment of choral calm, and a chance for the horn to shine.
The Magic Flute – Overture
Christian Benda conducts the Prague Sinfonia
Piano Concerto No.21 in C major K.467
Daniel Barenboim directs the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from the keyboard
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.41 in C major K.551
Nicholas Collon conducts the Aurora Orchestra
Piano Sonata No.16 in C major K.545
Piano: Mitsuko Uchida
Ave Verum Corpus K.618
Stephen Cleobury conducts the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Horn Quintet in E-flat major K.407
Horn: Stephan Katte
John ends the working week with a tribute to Finland’s great musical export, Jean Sibelius. Though he enjoyed great fame and success in his lifetime, his first dream was to be a violinist, writing in a letter of “the very painful awakening when I had to admit that I had begun my training for the exacting career of a virtuoso too late”.
Featured in the programme are some of his best-known works that have become synonymous with Finnish nationalism and folk culture celebration, Karelia Suite and Finlandia. There’s also a stunning performance of the highly challenging Violin Concerto by Sarah Chang, which was such a difficult work for the soloist that it was a disaster at premiere.
Concluding the programme is a performance by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Sibelius’ mighty Symphony No.5, which he wrote in celebration of his 50th birthday.
Finlandia Opus 26
Andrew Davis conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Karelia Suite Opus 11
Neeme Järvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Violin Concerto in D minor Opus 47
Violin: Sarah Chang
Mariss Jansons conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
The Swan of Tuonela Opus 22 No.3
Cor Anglais: Jukka Hirvikangas
Osmo Vanska conducts the Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No.5 in E-flat major Opus 82
Leif Segerstam conducts the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra