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Monday - Sarah Walker with Pam Ferris

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the Soprano Voice; Britten: Les Illuminations; Artist of the Week: Wilhelm Kempff, featured in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 8.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... the soprano voice'. As part of Radio 3's Classical Voice season Sarah showcases a range of soprano styles from the lightness of tone of Lucia Popp and the power of Jessye Norman to the warmth of Elisabeth Söderström; from the pure sound of Emma Kirkby to the soothing quality of Elly Ameling.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

Sarah's guest this week is the actress Pam Ferris. Pam is well known for her film roles including Miss Trunchbull in Matilda and Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and for starring in television series ranging from The Darling Buds of May and Rosemary and Thyme to Call the Midwife. Pam will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music with Sarah, every day at 10am.

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

Les Illuminations

Sarah's artist of the week is the German pianist Wilhelm Kempff. Kempff's career spanned six decades, with a core repertoire of Bach to Brahms and a particular speciality in the music of Beethoven and Schubert. His focus is always on the music rather than his own virtuosity, and his style is characterized by moderate tempi, an unerring sense of the bigger picture and astonishing melodic beauty. Sarah shares a selection of his major recordings throughout the week.

Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K246
Wilhelm Kempff (piano)
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Ferdinand Leitner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Façade: Fanfare

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Christian Cannabich

    Sinfonia in E flat major

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • TELDEC.
  • 5 reasons to love... the soprano voice

    • Franz Schubert

      Ganymed, D.544

      Performer: Dalton Baldwin. Singer: Elly Ameling.
      • PHILIPS.
  • György Ligeti

    Romanian Concerto

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jonathan Nott.
    • TELDEC.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79 No 1

    Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
    • DG.
  • Vincent d’Indy

    Wallenstein, Op 12; Première Partie. Le camp de Wallenstein

    Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    O sacrum convivium

    Choir: RIAS Chamber Choir. Conductor: Daniel Reuss.
  • Pam Ferris' Choice No. 1

    • Carl Maria von Weber

      Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

      Music Arranger: Hector Berlioz. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • Pam Ferris' Choice No. 2

    • Franz Liszt


      Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
      • DG.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Sonata "La Follia" op.1 no 12

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Les Illuminations

    Conductor: Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Orchestra: Les Violons du Roy. Singer: Karina Gauvin.
    • ATMA.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sonata no.6 in G minor Z.807

    Ensemble: London Baroque.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Absterge Domine

    Ensemble: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet no.8 in C minor op.110

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.

Relative Values

The composers were teacher and pupil Messiaen and Stockhausen.

The music played:

O sacrum convivium
RIAS Chamber Choir 
Daniel Reuss (director) 

Stimmung: Model 2 
Theatre of Voices 
Pail Hillier (director)


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