Berthold Goldschmidt

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The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the composer and conductor Berthold Goldschmidt. Born in Hamburg 91 years ago, he enjoyed a brilliant early career working with many famous musicians in Germany and Russia. But he'll be telling Sue Lawley how, as a Jew, he was forced to flee the Nazis and take refuge in Britain. Sadly, the musical establishment of his adopted homeland found his music old-fashioned and neglected him until the 1980s, when his music started to be rediscovered and widely appreciated.

Now experiencing a highly-successful revival all over Europe and America, as well as having his work recorded and performed at the Proms, he is greatly enjoying his new-found recognition.

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

Favourite track: Goldberg Varations BWV 988 - No 26 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann
Luxury: Vanity case including metal mirror and shaving kit

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 Jul 1995 09:05


Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestBerthold Goldschmidt

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