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On the 100th anniversary of his birth, discover the extraordinary conductor who escaped Communist Czechoslovakia to direct the world's greatest orchestras.
In 1985, ill-health caused Kubelík to retire. But after the fall of Communism in his native land he accepted an invitation to return to conduct the Czech Philharmonic at the festival he had founded, the Prague Spring Festival. He is pictured here in June 1990 following the first democratic elections since 1946, which brought the first completely non-Communist government to Czechoslovakia in more than 40 years. Photo: Getty
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