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Episode 4

Donald Macleod is in conversation with John Rutter, one of the world's most successful and popular living composers.

For much of the 1980s, Rutter struggled to continue working under the shadow of long-term illness, yet it was during this period he composed one of his best loved and most regularly performed works. John discusses with Donald the genesis of his Requiem.

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1 hour

Last on

Christmas Eve 2009 12:00

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