Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Episode 4

Napoleon's Music: Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers.

Donald Macleod charts the extraordinary efforts which Napoleon would make to lure the very best musicians to his court. In the case of one singer, his preposterously generous offers prove to be overwhelming as we find her fleeing his attention in panic. Plus, another dip into the world of Revolutionary song as Laura Mason recalls an anthem so politically charged that its performances were frequently accompanied by violence.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Trad.

    Les culs foittés pa le Père Duchesne (excerpt)

    Performer: John Wright (fiddle)

    • ADDA: 581105.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Coronation Concerto (finale)

    Performer: Jos van Immersel (fortepiano), Performer: Anima Eterna

    • 3.
  • Ferdinando Paer

    La Gloria al Massimo Degli Eroi

    Performer: Majella Cullagh (mezzo-soprano), Performer: Susan Drake (harp), Performer: David Harper (piano)

    • OPERA RARA: ORR208.
    • 1.
  • Giovanni Paisiello

    La passione di Gesù Cristo - end of Act 1

    Performer: Luca Dordolo (tenor), Performer:Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Performer: Alla Simoni (soprano), Performer: Chorus of Swiss Radio Lugano, Performer: I Barocchisti, Performer: Diego Fasolis (conductor)

    • CPO:7772572.
    • 17.
  • Janos Komives

    Ca Ira

    Performers: Les Philharmonistes De Châteauroux

    • RENDEZ VOUS: RVR2010.
    • 11.
  • Claude‐Joseph Rouget de l’Isle

    La Marseilleise

    Performers: Orchestre d’Harmonie des Gardiens de la Paix de Paris

    • MUSIFRANCE: 2292-45006-2.
    • 1.
  • Pierre Gaveaux

    Le Reveil du Peuple

    Performers: Chorale Populaire de Paris

    • Le Chant Du Monde: LDX 274896.
    • 18.
  • Hyacinthe Jadin

    La Grande Bataille d Austerlitz

    Performer: Daniel Propper

    • FORGOTTEN RECORDS: fr16/17P.
  • Gaspare Spontini

    Fernand Cortez (Act 2 excerpt)

    Performer: Melena Marras (tenor – Cortez), Performer: Cécile Perrin (soprano – Amazily), Performer: Slovak National Philharmonic Chorus Performer:Slovak National Philharmonic Orchestra, Performer:Jean-Paul Penin (conductor)


Composers A to Z

Composers A to Z

Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

The production team reflects on 5 of Donald Macleod’s best stories from the last 20 years

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

The composer of Jerusalem was very far from the conservative figure his image suggests.

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

What is the strange power of Jerusalem which makes strong men weep?

Composer Help Page

Composer Help Page

Find resources and contacts for composers from within the classical music industry.