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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Pam Ferris

With Sarah Walker. Including Five Reasons to Love the Soprano Voice; Artist of the Week: pianist Wilhelm Kempff, featured in Beethoven's Violin Sonata in A, Op 47.

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 place associated with a well-known work.

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'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.

Violin Sonata for in A, Op 47
Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin)
Wilhelm Kempff (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt: Storm; Peer Gynt’s Journey Home

    Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • SONY.
  • 5 reasons to love... the soprano voice

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

      Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Singer: Elisabeth Söderström.
      • LONDON.
  • Hildegard von Bingen


    Ensemble: Sequentia.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op 51

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Zigeunerweisen, Op 20

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • WARNER.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Credo (Missa L'homme armé)

    Orchestra: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Artist of the Week: Wilhelm Kempff

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      6 Variations on the duet 'Nel cor più non mi sento'

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
      • DG.
  • Pam Ferris' Choice No. 1

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Tosca: Vissi d’arte

      Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Singer: Maria Callas. Conductor: Victor de Sabata.
      • EMI.
  • Pam Ferris' Choice No. 2

    • Pietro Mascagni

      Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

      Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • Pam Ferris' Choice No. 3

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Turandot: Nessun Dorma

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Conductor: Zubin Mehta. Choir: Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir. Choir: The John Alldis Choir.
      • DECCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op 6 No 4

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Isle of the Dead, Op 29

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • AVIE.
  • Part

    Tribute to Caesar

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Part

    Tribute to Caesar

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Artist of the Week: Wilhelm Kempff

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, Op 47 ('Kreutzer')

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff. Performer: Wolfgang Schneiderhan.
      • DG.
  • Bach

    Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191

    Singer: Claron McFadden. Singer: Christoph Genz. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Mapping the Music

The place: Montparnasse


The music played:

Felicity Lott (soprano)
Pascal Roge (piano)


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