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Episode 2

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Tuesday 23 February 2010

In today's episode, Donald Macleod explores music of the open air - and the story of a woman six centuries old...

Janacek's "Danube" symphony was left unfinished at his death - all that remains of a planned trip down the river with his beloved Kamila that never came to fruition. Meanwhile, the composer's Concertino for piano stands as one of his most charming works - full of filigree flourishes and charming melodies inspired by a spring spent in the idyllic countryside of Eastern Czechoslovakia.

We end with the climactic scene of the composer's penultimate opera - the tragic case of Emila Marty, doomed to live forever, in the legal drama "The Makropoulos Affair".

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    Leos Janacek Dunaj ("Danube") - Symphony in Four Movements (mid 1920s)

    Performer: Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Frantisek Jilek

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