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Dan Snow presents music relating to the Napoleonic Wars. Including Beethoven, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Paisiello, plus Corsican polyphonic music from Napoleon's childhood.

In this edition of Saturday Classics, the historian Dan Snow presents a sequence of music relating to his favourite period in history - the Napoloeonic 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.

First broadcast 16/02/2013.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Trad.

    La Violetta

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

    • ETHNIC B 6849.
  • 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.
  • Trad.

    My Son Tim

    Performer: Donal Lunny Performer: Frank Hart

    • Hummingbird Records.
  • 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.
  • Hyacinthe Jadin

    La Grande Bataille d'Austerlitz (excerpt)

    Performer: Daniel Propper

  • Nino Rota

    The Battle for Austerlitz

    Performer: Orchestra conducted by Franco Ferrara

    • Columbia B00400CAD6.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

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

    Conductor: Neeme Jarvi Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra

    • CHANDOS 10538.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

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

    Performer: Richard Goode

    • ELEKTRA/NONESUCH 7559-79328-2.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    1812 overture Op.49

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons Performer: Montreal Symphony Orchestra

    • EMI CDD7642912.
  • 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.