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Wednesday - Sarah Walker

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Impressions Francaises played by Juliette Hurel; Artist of the Week: the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Ravel: String Quartet.

9am
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Impressions françaises played by flautist Juliette Hurel - ZIG ZAG ZZT 110401

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

10.30am
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.

11am
Sarah's Essential Choice

Ravel: String Quartet
LaSalle Quartet
DG 4777482.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Karol Szymanowski

    Variations Op. 3 No. 12 - Allegro con fuoco

    Performers: Martin Roscoe (piano)

    • NAXOS 8.557168.
  • Boismortier

    Daphnis et Chloe – Chaconne

    Performers: Le concert spiritual, Herve Niquet (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.554456.
  • 9.09: Sarah's Essential CD of the Week

    • Claude Debussy

      Syrinx

      Performers: Juliette Hurel (flute)

      • ZIGZAG ZZT110401.
  • 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:

    • 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

    • Léo Delibes

      Les filles de Cadiz - Chanson Espagnole

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

      • EMI 3944192.
  • Joseph Canteloube

    Chants d'Auvergne – Bailero

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

    • EMI 3944192.
  • William Byrd

    Sellinger's Round

    Performers: Glenn Gould (piano)

    • SONY SMK 52589.
  • 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

    • 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

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Opening chorus

      Performers: Collegium Vocale Ghent, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

      • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901676.78.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Viola Sonata Op. 147 – Adagio

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

    • REGIS RRC 1128.
  • 11am: Sarah's Essential Choice

    • Maurice Ravel - String Quartet

      Performers: LaSalle Quartet

  • Benjamin Britten

    A Hymn to the Virgin

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

    • DELPHIAN DCD34104.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Concerto in F major Hob XVIII:3:1

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

    • SONY 48383.

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