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Tuesday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 04 December 2012

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Impressions françaises played by flautist Juliette Hurel - ZIG ZAG ZZT 110401

A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

As part of Radio 3's Napoleon season, Sarah Walker's guest is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, Orlando Figes. He has written extensively on Russian history in particular, including A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924, which in 1997 received numerous awards including the Wolfson History Prize.

Other books include Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (2002) and The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia (2007) which were both short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Recent books include Crimea: The Last Crusade (2010) and Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag (2012).

As well as books, he also writes for the international press, broadcasts on television and radio, and reviews books for the New York Review of Books.

Sarah's Essential Choice

Charpentier: Te Deum in D major H.146
Le concert spiritual
Hervé Niquet (conductor)

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Dardanus Act V – Gigue

    Performers: Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    ARCHIV 479 0441

  • Image for Georges Bizet

    Georges Bizet Carmen Entracte 3

    Performers: Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    NAÏVE V5130

  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy Symphony in B minor

    Performers: Orchestre National de Lyon, Jun Markl (conductor)

    NAXOS 8.572583

  • 9.19: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Francis Poulenc

      Francis Poulenc Flute Sonata

      Performers: Juliette Hurel (flute), Hélène Couvert (piano)

      ZIGZAG ZZT110401

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Critics' Corner

      Performers: The answer will appear at the bottom of this page at 12pm.

  • 9.32: Artists of the Week - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

    • Image for Gioachino Rossini

      Gioachino Rossini La cambiale di matrimonio

      Performers: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

      PHILIPS 473 9672

  • Image for Hummel

    Hummel Piano Quintet in E flat Op. 87

    Performers: Lamar Crowson (piano), Melos Ensemble


  • Image for Bedrich Smetana

    Bedrich Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From my Life' (orch. Szell) - Vivace, meno Mosso

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon (conductor)


  • 10.05: Artists of the Week - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043

      Performers: Julia Fischer (violin), Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

      DECCA 478 0650 9

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc Napoli – Caprice Italien

    Performers: Pascal Roge (piano)

    DECCA 475 7097

  • 10.30: Orlando Figes' Choices

    • Image for Benjamin Britten

      Benjamin Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

      Performers: Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (conductor)

      TELARC 80660

  • Image for Franz Peter Schubert

    Franz Peter Schubert Winterreise – Der Lindenbaum

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Klaus Billing (piano)

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Marc-Antoine Charpentier

      Marc-Antoine Charpentier Te Deum in D major H.146

      Performers: Le concert spiritual, Herve Niquet (conductor)

      GLOSSA GCD 921603

  • Image for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

    Performers: Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

    DG 477 3022

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Critics' Corner: Bedrich Smetana


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