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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Simon Russell Beale

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the Countertenor Voice; Artist of the Week: Simon Preston, featured in Poulenc's Organ Concerto and Purcell's Evening Service.

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 today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related object.

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 Water's 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.

The organist and conductor Simon Preston is Sarah's artist of the week. Preston is 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.

Concerto in G minor for organ, timpani and strings
Simon Preston (organ)
Everett Firth (timpani)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

Evening Service in G minor Z.231
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Francis Grier (organ)
Simon Preston (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Artist Of The Week: Simon Preston

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      In dir ist Freude (Fantasia) BWV 615

      Performer: Simon Preston.
      • DG.
      • 4694202.
      • 17.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: counter-tenors

    • Cécile Louise Chaminade


      Performer: Jérôme Ducros. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky.
      • Virgin.
  • Franz Schubert

    3 Klavierstucke, D.946: No. 1 in E flat minor

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Decca.
    • 438 7032.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for 2 violins, strings and continuo in D major, RV 511

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Performer: Viktoria Mullova. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Director: Andrea Marcon.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 477 7466.
    • 4.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No.3 in F

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • Warner.
    • 0825646319015.
    • 2.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Overture in D major

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Hieronymus Praetorius

    Surge, propera, amica mea

    Choir: Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble Choir. Conductor: Pablo Heras‐Casado.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rondó, Op 94

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sinfonia arr Steele-Perkins (Floridante)

    Performer: Crispian Steele‐Perkins. Orchestra: Armonico Consort.
    • Let The Bright Seraphim Works by J.S. Bach, Telemann, A.Scarlatti and Handel.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 19.
  • Simon Russell Beale: Choice 1

    • Leonard Bernstein

      'Glitter and be gay', from Candide

      Singer: Alex Kelly. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Mark Dorrell.
  • Simon Russell Beale: Choice 2

    • Francis Poulenc

      Oboe Sonata; 2nd mvt, Scherzo (Très animé)

      Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Performer: Olivier Doise.
      • NAXOS.
  • Simon Russell Beale: Choice 3

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in E flat, Op 127; 1st mvt, Maestoso—Allegro

      Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
      • DECCA.
  • Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla

    Missa Ego flos campi for double choir, Agnus dei

    Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • New World Symphonies - Baroque Music from L:atin America: Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey S.
    • Hyperion.
  • Clara Schumann

    Piano Trio in G minor

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • Phillips.
  • Léo Delibes

    La paix (Coppélia)

    Performer: Ron Golan. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA.
  • Artist Of The Week: Simon Preston

    • Henry Purcell

      Evening Service in G minor Z.231

      Performer: Francis Grier. Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. Conductor: Simon Preston.
      • ARCHIV.
    • Francis Poulenc

      Concerto in G minor for organ, timpani and strings

      Performer: Everett Firth. Performer: Simon Preston. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
      • DG.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Guia pratico... - book 9 for piano, no.3; O ciranda, o cirandinha [Circle dance]

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Villa-Lobos: Piano music: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Decca.
    • 7.

Mystery Object

Endpin stopper/Cello spike holder


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