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Episode 20

Katie Derham continues Radio 3's month of programmes complementing the BBC4 series "Symphony" - including every note of every Symphony featured in the television series. This week the Afternoon on 3 series reaches the twentieth century and find the Symphony flourishing far from its Austro-German foundations. Today we reach the 1930s and 1940s: the last gasp of the Germanic Symphony from Kurt Weill; the final Symphony by one of the finest of all French Symphonists, Albert Roussel; a Symphony by a precocious young American, Samuel Barber; and Shostakovich's monumental work composed in besieged Leningrad in 1941, which became a symbol of Russian resistance to Nazi Germany.

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2 hours, 30 minutes

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Thu 1 Dec 2011 14:00