Thursday - 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 Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54.
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: identify a piece of music played backwards.
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.
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54
Wilhelm Kempff (piano)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor).