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Episode 5

As part of BBC Radio 3's Napoleon season marking two hundred years since his historic retreat from Moscow, Donald Macleod follows the French dictator's relationship with music.

As Napoleon's ashes are returned from Corsica, artistic rivalries are exposed at the commemoration. And an unlikely figure finds himself present to record the occasion for a German newspaper: none other than Richard Wagner. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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Fri 7 Dec 2012 18:30

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