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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 05 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.

For 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

Ravel: String Quartet
LaSalle Quartet
DG 4777482.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Karol Szymanowski

    Karol Szymanowski Variations Op. 3 No. 12 - Allegro con fuoco

    Performers: Martin Roscoe (piano)

    NAXOS 8.557168

  • Image for Boismortier

    Boismortier Daphnis et Chloe – Chaconne

    Performers: Le concert spiritual, Herve Niquet (conductor)

    NAXOS 8.554456

  • 9.09: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Claude Debussy

      Claude Debussy Syrinx

      Performers: Juliette Hurel (flute)

      ZIGZAG ZZT110401

  • Image for Carl Maria von Weber

    Carl Maria von Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor Op. 73

    Performers: Walter Boeykens (clarinet), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, James Conlon (conductor)

    WARNER APEX 89246

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser The Year in Question

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

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

    • Image for Léo Delibes

      Léo Delibes Les filles de Cadiz - Chanson Espagnole

      Performers: Kate Royal (soprano), Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Edward Gardner (conductor)

      EMI 3944192

  • Image for Joseph Canteloube

    Joseph Canteloube Chants d'Auvergne – Bailero

    Performers: Kate Royal (soprano), Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Edward Gardner (conductor)

    EMI 3944192

  • Image for William Byrd

    William Byrd Sellinger's Round

    Performers: Glenn Gould (piano)

    SONY SMK 52589

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn The Fair Melusine Op.32

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    DG 4231042

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

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A K.201

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

      DECCA 430 2682

  • 10.30: Orlando Figes' Choices

    • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

      Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Opening chorus

      Performers: Collegium Vocale Ghent, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

      HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901676.78

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Viola Sonata Op. 147 – Adagio

    Performers: Yuri Bashmet (viola), Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

    REGIS RRC 1128

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Maurice Ravel

      Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel - String Quartet

      Performers: LaSalle Quartet

      DG 477 7482

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten A Hymn to the Virgin

    Performers: Gonville and Caius College, Geoffrey Webber (director)


  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Piano Concerto in F major Hob XVIII:3:1

    Performers: Emanuel Ax (piano), Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

    SONY 48383

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    The Year in Queation: 1826. All three of the pieces played had their first performances in this year.

    The music played:

    Overture: Oberon
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)
    EMI CDM 769 572 2

    Grosse fugue, Op. 133 for string quartet
    Cleveland Quartet
    TELARC CD80422

    A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Peter Maag (conductor)
    DECCA 466 990 2


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