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Monday - Sarah Walker with Simon Russell Beale

With Sarah Walker. 5 Reasons to Love the Countertenor Voice; Building a Library: Wagner: Die Meistersinger; Artist of the Week: Simon Preston, featured in Ives, Palestrina and Bach.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Sarah Walker. Her guest this week is the actor Simon Russell Beale.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... the countertenor voice'. As part of Radio 3's Classical Voice season, Sarah offers a selection of music that showcases the qualities of the countertenor voice. She shares works that display its virtuosity and lyrical, plangent beauty, courtesy of countertenors including Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl and Alfred Deller.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

Sarah's guest this week is the actor Simon Russell Beale. One of the greatest talents of British theatre, Simon has taken on roles including Shakespeare's King Lear and Timon of Athens at the National Theatre, and is currently starring in Steve Waters' Temple at the Donmar Warehouse. He has also received accolades for his work in television and film, including the popular spy drama Spooks. As part of Radio 3's Classical Voice season, Simon talks to Sarah about his early life as a chorister and shares a selection of his favourite classical music, every day at 10am.

Sarah features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD review

Die Meistersinger

The organist and conductor Simon Preston is Sarah's artist of the week. Preston is widely renowned as a virtuoso organist, as well as being an acclaimed conductor specialising in sacred choral music. Sarah will be sharing a selection of his finest recordings for organ across the week, ranging from Bach to Charles Ives, as well as performances that showcase Preston conducting choral works by composers including Purcell, Palestrina and Haydn.

Variations for organ on 'America'
Simon Preston (organ)

Tu es petrus
Choir of Westminster Abbey
Simon Preston (conductor)

Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
Simon Preston (organ).

3 hours

Music Played

  • François Couperin

    Le tic-toc-choc ou Les maillotins (Ordre No 18)

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Alexandre Tharaud - Autograph.
    • Erato.
    • 13.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Caprice No. 24

    Performer: Brodsky Quartet. Music Arranger: Paul Cassidy.
    • Chandos.
    • CHAN10761.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: counter-tenors

    • Johann Adolf Hasse

      Siroe: “Fra l’orror della tempesta”

      Conductor: Riccardo Minasi. Singer: Franco Fagioli. Orchestra: Il Pomo d’Oro.
      • NAÏVE.
  • Joachim Raff

    Orchestral Prelude to Shakespeare’s The Tempest

    Orchestra: Swiss Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fairest isle (King Arthur)

    Singer: Véronique Gens. Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Erato.
  • Artist Of The Week: Simon Preston

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV645

      Performer: Simon Preston.
      • DG.
      • 4694202.
  • Claude Debussy

    Marche écossaise

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • DG.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen (Act 4 Symphony)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Venetian Gondola Song, Op 19 No 6

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 6.
  • Simon Russell Beale: Choice 1

    • Thomas Tallis

      O nata lux de lumine

      Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • SDG.
  • Simon Russell Beale: Choice 2

    • Anton Bruckner

      Symphony No 7 in E; 3rd mvt, Scherzo

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    Premiere rhapsodie for clarinet and orchestra

    Performer: Franklin Cohen. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Building A Library Recommendation

    • Richard Wagner

      Die Meistersinger - Act III, scene II

      Singer: thomas stewart. Singer: Sándor Kónya.
      • Arts.
  • Artist Of The Week: Simon Preston

    • Charles Ives

      Variations for organ on ‘America’

      Performer: Simon Preston.
      • ARGO.
  • William Boyce

    Symphony No 2 in A major

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • François Devienne

    Flute Concerto No 7 in E minor

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • WARNER.
  • Francis Poulenc

    3 Mouvements perpetuels for piano

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • Poulenc: Piano Music.
    • DECCA.
    • 16-18.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Tu es petrus

    Conductor: Simon Preston. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Ermanno Wolf‐Ferrari

    Danza napolitana (I gioielli della Madonna Suite)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • Italia!.
    • ASV.
    • 15.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV543

    Performer: Simon Preston.
    • DG.
    • 4694202.
    • 5.

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