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Friday - Sarah Walker

3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 07 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

Duruflé: Requiem
Ann Murray (mezzo soprano)
Olaf Bär (baritone)
Peter Barley (organ)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
English Chamber Orchestra
Stephen Cleobury (conductor)
EMI 5498802.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Swanee

    Performers: Peter Donohoe (piano)

    EMI 508995

  • Image for Leonard Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein Fancy Free Three Dance Variations

    Performers: New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    SONY 92728

  • Image for Anon.

    Anon. Anon. - Collinetto (danza)

    Performers: Hesperion XX

    ALIA VOX AVSA 9864

  • 9.13: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Claude Debussy

      Claude Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp

      Performers: Juliette Hurel (flute), Christine Icart (harp), Arnaud Thorette (viola)

      ZIGZAG ZZT110401

  • 9.30:

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Only Connect

      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 George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel Concerto Grosso in G, Op. 6 No. 1

      Performers: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Iona Brown (director)

      PHILIPS 476 531 2

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture

    Performers: Leipzig Gewanghausorchester, Kurt Masur (conductor)


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

    • Image for Sir Edward Elgar

      Sir Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op. 20

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

      DECCA 430 094 2

  • Image for Michael Praetorius

    Michael Praetorius Sanctus Motet 'Jesaja dem Propheten das geschah'

    Performers: Simon Grant (Bass), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone), Sarah Pendlebury (Soprano), Constanze Backes (Soprano), Angus Smith (Tenor), Susan Hemington Jones (Soprano), Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh (conductor)

    ARCHIV 439 250

  • Image for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonata in G Wq62/19

    Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

    DG 4596142

  • 10.30: Orlando Figes' Choices

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Hamlet, music from the film: Scene of the Poisoning

    Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    DECCA 460 792 2

  • Image for Thomas Morley

    Thomas Morley Fire and Lightening

    Performers: The Hilliard Ensemble

    VIRGIN 561712

  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Image for Maurice Duruflé

      Maurice Duruflé Requiem

      Performers: Ann Murray (mezzo soprano), Olaf Bär (baritone), Peter Barley (organ), Choir of King's College, Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

      EMI 549880

  • Image for Lyadov

    Lyadov Baby Yaga Op.56

    Performers: Kirov Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

    PHILIPS 4420112

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel - Sonatine

    Performers: Arthur Pizarro (piano)

    LINN CKD 315

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Only Connect: the connection was Birds.

    The music played:

    Le Chant du Rossignol (Chant du Rossignol)
    Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

    Sweet Suffolk Owl
    Hilliard Ensemble
    EMI CDC 749 197 2

    Thieving Magpie Overture
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Claudio Abbado (conductor)
    DG 431 653 2


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