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Vltava, the second movement of Smetana's symphonic poem Ma Vlast is a beautiful, evocative musical painting of the rolling river that runs through the city of Prague. Although Soirées Musicales is based on some of Rossini's songs, the orchestration and harmonies in this thoroughly enjoyable, light-hearted suite are unmistakeably Britten's.
Schubert's incomplete 8th Symphony is something of an enigma, being discovered some 37 years after the composer's death. Recently, however, some fragments thought to be sketches for the missing sections came to light during restoration work on Schubert's apartment in Vienna - the symphony may not remain 'Unfinished' for much longer! Bach's famous B minor Suite is a staple of the flautist's repertoire. Written while Bach was in the service of Prince Leopold in Köthen, the lively dance movements and bright sound of the flute suggest that it was written for a happy court occasion.