Alex James's Date Night - 12 July 2014

In the second episode of his new show, Alex James explores the anniversaries, birthdays and 'on this day' events in the classical music world over the coming week.

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Tonight, Alex James marks the première of the Fauré Requiem on this day in 1900 and the births of pianist Van Cliburn and composer George Butterworth .  

Alex will also take a trip to France to hear La Marseillaise , which became the country's official national anthem on 14th July 1795. 

Discover the best (and worst) national anthems, according to David Mellor > 

Alex will also be celebrating the music of George Gershwin , whose funeral was held in New York on 15th July 1937; and uncovers some important marital decisions that occurred in July, for both Mozart and Tchaikovsky .

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