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CBSRMT Episode Information
Concerto in Death
A celebrated conductor is devastated when his son dies. He can't accept the fact at all and slowly goes mad, much to the embarrassment of his family.
Air Dates:
First Run - January 22, 1975
Repeat - March 30, 1975
Repeat - July 4, 1980
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5 Responses to Episode 0209

A well known conductor loses his son, a virtuoso violinist during a performance. The doctors say it was a heart attack that struck the young man, given his poor constitution, he did not survive. His daughter, herself a pianist, and wife all mourn his loss and seek assistance in the process from a therapist. The conductor, most hard hit, goes on a 2 month tour to help get over the loss and during the tour appears to have recovered, but upon returning, hears his son’s music from the studio, and speaks as though he is still alive. The daughter, who has always played second fiddle (haha) to her more talented brother, dearly wants her father’s love and attention and seeks to help him through this terrible time.

This was (to me) a touching story of a man's mania about his deceased son and the live daughter he didn't seem to appreciate. The daughter takes what could be a dangerous step to break him out of his obsession out of her love for him and need for love from him.

It's episodes like this one that shine a spotlight on the fact that George Lowthar is a much stronger CBSRMT contributor when he is adapting the classics than when he is forging out on his own. This one is an original, and it's weak and messy. The psychiatry plot is shockingly sloppy, and the characters are bland.

I can't help notice the common trend amongst commenters here to speak of the persons involved in CBSRMT in the present tense, when the last episode aired some 33 years ago! A tribute to how well this series survives!

This is the first episode that I didn't enjoy. This man so completely values his son at the expense of his relationship with everyone else, including his daughter. His lack of value, compassion, or basic kindness to her is disturbing. It's beyond grief of losing a child. Per the story this went on way before the death. I struggled to get through the story and not just turn it off and move to the next story.

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