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Gennady Rozhdestvensky CBE, Maria Bueno, Gena Turgel, Zhao Kangmin, Leo Sarkisian

Matthew Bannister on conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, tennis player Maria Bueno, holocaust survivor Gena Turgel, archaeologist Zhao Kangmin and musicologist Leo Sarkisian.

Photo: Maria Bueno

Matthew Bannister on

The conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky who brought Russian music to the UK - and British music to Russia.

Maria Bueno, the Brazilian tennis player who won Wimbledon three times.

Gena Turgel the holocaust survivor who married one of the British soldiers who liberated her.

Zhao Kangmin, the Chinese archaeologist who played an important role in the discovery of the Terracotta Army.

Leo Sarkisian the musicologist who travelled across Africa and brought back countless recordings for the Voice of America radio station.

Interviewed guest: Robert Slotover
Interviewed guest: Gerard McBurney
Interviewed guest: Richard Evans
Interviewed guest: Karen Pollock
Interviewed guest: Paul Martin
Interviewed guest: John Man
Interviewed guest: Maria Margaronis

Archive clips from: Prom 31, BBC Proms 2007, Radio 3, 05/08/2007; Proms on One, BBC One, 04/09/1992; The Gloria Hunniford Show, Radio 2, 08/07/1991; Radio 1 Newsbeat, 13/04/1995; Remembrance Week, BBC One, 05/11/2012; The Time of Your Life, BBC TV, 30/07/1985; Origins: The Burial of China's First Emperor, Radio 4, 13/07/1980.

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28 minutes

Gennady Rozhdestvensky CBE

Born 4 May 1931; died 16 June 2018, aged 87.

Last Word spoke to his former agent Robert Slotover, and friend and composer Gerard McBurney.

Maria Bueno

Born 11 October 1939; died 8 June 2018, aged 78.

Last Word spoke to tennis commentator Richard Evans.

Gena Turgel

Born 1 February 1923; died 7 June 2018, aged 95.

Last Word spoke to Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, and journalist Paul Martin.

Zhao Kangmin

Born July 1936; died 16 May 2018, aged 81.

Last Word spoke to John Man, author of The Terracotta Army.

Leo Sarkisian

Born 4 January 1921; died 8 June 2018, aged 97.

Last Word spoke to journalist Maria Margaronis.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Robert Slotover
Interviewed Guest Gerard McBurney
Interviewed Guest Richard Evans
Interviewed Guest Karen Pollock
Interviewed Guest Paul Martin
Interviewed Guest John Man
Interviewed Guest Maria Margaronis