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Barry Humphries

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 May 2009

Kirsty Young's castaway is the comedian and performer Barry Humphries. For decades he has enjoyed global fame with his grotesque comic creations, the Melbourne housewife Dame Edna Everage and the drunken cultural attache Sir Les Patterson. Off stage, though, his life has been spent immersed in literature, music and the arts, and he says that his time spent on the desert island would allow him to devote himself to painting.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Songs of Sunset: They are not long, the weeping & the laughter by Frederick Delius
Book: The Melbourne Street Directory
Luxury: My paints.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

    Soloist: Anne Sofie Von Otter & Barbara Hendricks

    Der Rosenkavalier, EMI

  • Image for Fred Astaire

    Fred Astaire Things are Looking up

    Crazy for Gershwin, Memoir

  • Image for Josef Suk

    Josef Suk Love Song

    Soloist: Ruggiero Ricci & Noriko Shiozaki

    Hidden Treasures, Dynamic

  • Image for Randolph Sutton

    Randolph Sutton On Mother Kelly's Doorstep

    On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep, Ace of Clubs

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Der Leiermann (The Organgrinder)( from Winterreise)

    Soloist: Peter Anders with Michael Raucheisen

    1945 Schubert: Winterreise, DG

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc Flute Sonata - 2nd movement

    Soloist: Patrick Gallois

    French Flute Music, Naxos

  • Image for Mischa Spoliansky

    Mischa Spoliansky Auf Wiedersehen

    Artist: Felix Joachimson

    So Rare 3 Barry Humphries from the Bill Armstrong Collection., Bilarm

  • Image for Frederick Delius

    Frederick Delius They are not long, the weeping and the laughter (from Songs of Sunset)

    Soloist: Nancy Evans, Redvers Llewellyn Choir: BBC Chorus Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham

    Beecham collection: Delius, Somm-Beecham

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1951-1955

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1956-1960

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1961-1965

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1966-1970

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1976-1980

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1981-1985

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1986-1991

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1991-1996

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1996-2000

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2000-2005

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    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2005-2011

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