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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).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Waldszenen, Op. 82 No. 8: Jagdlied

    Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
    • DG.
  • Reinhard Keiser

    Croesus: Sinfonia

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • Richard Strauss

    Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

    Singer: Jessye Norman. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Jacques Ibert


    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
    • EMI.
  • Robert Schumann

    Arabeske, Op 18

    Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
    • DG.
  • Leos Janáček


    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Judith Weir

    Psalm 148

    Performer: Matthew Knight. Choir: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude (Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846)

    Music Arranger: Jacques Loussier. Ensemble: Jacques Loussier Trio.
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quintet in C: Scherzo & Trio

    Performer: Valentin Erben. Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • EMI.
  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem: Lacrimosa… Move Him into the Sun

    Orchestra: NDR Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Singer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Singer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson. Choir: Monteverdi Choir.
    • DG.
  • Louis Couperin

    Pavanne in F sharp minor

    Performer: Richard Egarr, harpsichord.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in F minor, Op 95

    Ensemble: Alban Berg Quartett.
    • EMI.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Bless the Lord, O my soul

    Performer: Jonathan Vaughn, organ. Choir: Wells Cathedral Choir.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54

    Performer: Wilhelm Kempff. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka

    Trio Sonata no 4 in G minor for violin, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo

    Performer: Chiara Banchini, violin. Performer: Ku Ebbinge, oboe.
  • Richard Strauss

    Cacilie, op 27 no 2

    Performer: Jessye Norman, soprano. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.


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