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Episode 5

As Napoleon's ashes are returned from Corsica, artistic rivalries are exposed. An unlikely figure records the occasion as a German journalist.

As part of BBC Radio 3's Napoleon season marking two hundred years since his historic retreat from Moscow, Donald Macleod follows the French dictator's relationship with music.

As Napoleon's ashes are returned from Corsica, artistic rivalries are exposed at the commemoration. And an unlikely figure finds himself present to record the occasion for a German newspaper: none other than Richard Wagner. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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Fri 7 Dec 2012 18:30

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Music Played

  • Carl Davis

    Napoleon -Teaching the Marseillaise

    Performer: The Wren Orchestra, Performer: Carl Davis

    • SILVA SCREEN: FILMCD149.
    • 2.
  • Luigi Cherubini

    Les Deux Journees - Act 3 Melodrama, Quartet and Chorus

    Mireille Delunsch - Constance Yan Beuron - Armand Performer: Étienne Lescroart – Antonio Performer: Sven Ehrke – Commandant Performer: Chorus Musicus Köln Performer: Das Neue Orchester Performer: Christoph Spering (cond)

    • Opus 111: OP 30306.
    • 14.
  • Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli

    Sinfonia no.2 1st movement Allegro con Brio

    Performer: Atalanta Fugiens, V Performer: Anni Moretto (director)


    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: DHM 88697628772.
    • 4.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Te Deum - Marche pour la Présentation aux Drapeaux

    Performer: Orchestre de Paris, Performer: John Nelson (conductor)

    • VIRGIN: VC5454492.
    • 8.
  • Richard Wagner

    Two Grenadiers

    Performer: Thomas Hampson (baritone), Performer: Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

    • EMI: 7243 5 55047 2 2.
    • 8.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le Cinq Mai

    Performer: Lieuwe Visser (bass), Performer: Ruud van der Meer (bass), Performer: Dutch Radio Choir Performer:Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra, Performer: Jean Fournet (conductor)

    • DENON: CO-72896.
    • 3.

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