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Wednesday - 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 Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat, D960.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

10am
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.

11am
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.

Schubert
Piano Sonata in B flat, D960
Wilhelm Kempff (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: WILHELM KEMPFF

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Toccata in D major, BWV 912: II. Fugue

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
      • DG.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Waverley Overture

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE... THE SOPRANO VOICE

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Der Hölle Rache (The Magic Flute)

      Singer: Lucia Popp. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
      • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Bassoon Concerto, RV 470

    Performer: Sergio Azzolini. Ensemble: L'Aura Soave Cremona. Conductor: Diego Cantalupi.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Bachianas brasileiras No 5

    Singer: Arleen Augér. Ensemble: Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • WARNER.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: WILHELM KEMPFF

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in E, BWV 954 & Prelude and Fugue in E, BWV 954

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
      • DG.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Requiem: Agnus Dei

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Singer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Choir: Monteverdi Choir.
    • DG.
  • PAM FERRIS' CHOICE NO. 1

    • Benjamin Britten

      Courtly Dances from Gloriana

      Ensemble: Julian Bream Consort.
      • RCA.
  • PAM FERRIS' CHOICE NO. 2

    • Georges Bizet

      L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Farandole

      Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • NAÏVE.
  • Franz Liszt

    Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert

    Performer: Louis Lortie, piano.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Wassermusik 'Ebb und Fluth'

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Sfogava con le stelle, from Quarto Libro di Madrigali (1603)

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: Paul Agnew.
    • Monteverdi Madrigali.
    • Les Arts Florisants.
    • 1.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: WILHELM KEMPFF

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Sonata in B flat, D960

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
      • DG.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Octet

    Ensemble: 20th Century Classics Ensemble. Composer: Robert Craft.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

 

Verdi Requiem: Dies Irae 
Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

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