Thursday - Sarah Walker
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
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor Op.61
Henryk Szeryng (violin)
Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Edouard Van Remoortel (conductor)