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Wednesday - 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 Vierne's Suite No 3, Op 54 and Widor's Symphony No 5.

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: Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

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 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.

Pieces de fantaisie Suite No.3 Op.54 - Carillon de Westminster
Simon Preston (organ)

Symphony No.5 in F minor Op.42 No.1
Simon Preston (organ).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    George Gershwin’s Songbook: Strike Up the Band

    Performer: Frank Braley.
    • Braley (piano).
  • William Babell

    Recorder Concerto in C major, Op.3`1

    Performer: Michala Petri. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Kenneth Sillito.
    • PHILIPS.
  • 5 Reasons To Love: counter tenors

    • Henry Purcell

      Music for a while (Oedipus)

      Performer: William Christie. Performer: Wieland Kuijken. Singer: Alfred Deller.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    In Nature's Realm

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • WARNER.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Nocturne Op.19 No.4

    Performer: Jamie Walton. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Okko Kamu.
    • SIGNUM.
    • SIGCD407.
    • 7.
  • Artist Of The Week: Simon Preston

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Organ Concerto in D minor BWV596 (after Vivaldi’s Concerto Op.3 No.11)

      Performer: Simon Preston.
      • DG.
      • 4694202.
      • 1.
  • Anon.

    I will give my love an apple

    Performer: Desmond Dupré. Singer: Alfred Deller.
  • Luigi Cherubini

    Marche funèbre

    Orchestra: Corydon Orchestra. Conductor: Matthew Best.
  • Simon Russell Beale: Choice 1

    • Franz Schubert

      Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer Fantasy'

      Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
      • EMI.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Dies Natalis

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Jacqueline Shave.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Mazeppa - opera in 3 acts, Act 1 no.4; Hopak (Cossack dance)

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Kaleidoscope: An Orchestral Extravaganza: Mackerras, LSO.
    • Mercury.
    • 8.
  • Artist Of The Week: Simon Preston

    • Louis Vierne

      Carillon de Westminster (Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No 3)

      Performer: Simon Preston.
      • DG.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Divertimento, Op.9

    Performer: Sarah Francis. Ensemble: Allegri String Quartet.
    • Oboe Quintets: Sarah Francis, The Allegri String Quartet.
    • Helios.
    • 1-4.
  • Artist Of The Week: Simon Preston

    • Charles‐Marie Widor

      Symphony No 5 in F minor, Op 42

      Performer: Simon Preston.
      • DG.

Imperfect Harmony

I will give my Love and Apple
Andreas Scholl (counter tenor)
Andreas Martin (lute)

Symphony No. 9: 1st movement
London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)


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