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Dan Snow

2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 February 2013

In this edition of Saturday Classics, the historian Dan Snow presents a sequence of music relating to his favourite period in history - the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon's exact contemporary Beethoven will feature heavily alongside music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Paisiello (Napoleon's favourite composer) and some of the Corsican polyphonic music of Napoleon's childhood.

Music Played

10 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    [traditional] La Violetta

    Conductor: Jean-Paul Poletti Performer: Sartene Male-Voice Choir

    ETHNIC B 6849

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 3 in E flat major Op.55 (Eroica) - 1st movement; Allegro con brio

    Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner Performer: Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique

    ARCHIV 4778643

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    [traditional] My Son Tim

    Performer: Donal Lunny Performer: Frank Hart

    Hummingbird Records

  • Image for Giovanni Paisiello

    Giovanni Paisiello Mass for the coronation of Napoleon I in B flat major

    Performer: Gerard Dunan Performer: Mady Mesple Performer: Yves Bisson Performer: Association Chorale Contrepoint

    PHILIPS 6504048

  • Image for Hyacinthe Jadin

    Hyacinthe Jadin La Grande Bataille d'Austerlitz (excerpt)

    Performer: Daniel Propper


  • Image for Nino Rota

    Nino Rota The Battle for Austerlitz

    Performer: Orchestra conducted by Franco Ferrara

    Columbia B00400CAD6

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev War and peace - symphonic suite, arr. Christopher Palmer - Part 1

    Conductor: Neeme Jarvi Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra

    CHANDOS 10538

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata no. 26 in E flat major Op.81a (Les Adieux) for piano

    Performer: Richard Goode

    ELEKTRA/NONESUCH 7559-79328-2

  • Image for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1812 overture Op.49

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons Performer: Montreal Symphony Orchestra

    EMI CDD7642912

  • Image for Hector Berlioz

    Hector Berlioz Le Cinq mai Op.6 for bass, chorus and orchestra

    Performer: Lieuwe Visser Performer: Dutch Radio Choir Performer: Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra

    DENON CO72886



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