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Inter-War Years

As the Nazi party began to interest itself in the political influence of art and music, Strauss, as Germany's most high profile composer, found himself drawn inexorably into the party's propaganda machine. Donald Macleod introduces music from the inter-war years including six songs written for the soprano Elisabeth Schumann and music from three more important operas, including one which provides a revealing fly-on-the-wall view behind the scenes of the Strausses' marriage.

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Thu 12 Jun 2014 18:00

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