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Alan Hacker

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 April 1994

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is a musician who started his professional career as a clarinettist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

However, when he was 26, Alan Hacker was permanently disabled by a thrombosis on his spinal column. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how, since then, although confined to a wheelchair, he has been determined to prove his disability is not a handicap but just a nuisance. He'll be describing how he has carved out a niche for himself as a conductor, teacher and pioneer in the study of early music and is now a leading guest conductor of the Stuttgart Opera.

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

Favourite track: London Symphony by Franz Joseph Haydn
Book: Middlemarch by George Eliot
Luxury: Hovercraft wheelchair with capuccino machine

Music Played

8 items
  • Favourite Track

    • Image for Joseph Haydn

      Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

      Soloist: Frans Bruggen Orchestra: Orchestra Of The 18th Century

      Philips

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La finta giardiniera

    Orchestra: English Northern Sinfonia Conductor: Alan Hacker

  • Image for Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Sir Harrison Birtwistle Hymn to the Sun Interlude

    Artist: Alan Hacker

    Oiseau Lyre

  • Image for Ustad Bismillah Khan

    Ustad Bismillah Khan Mishra Thumri

    Bismillah Khan, HMV

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach St John Passion

    Orchestra: Vienna Concentus Musicus Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

    Teldec

  • Image for B.J. Thomas

    B.J. Thomas Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

    Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, A & M

  • Image for Tony Coe

    Tony Coe A Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows

    A Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows, Line

  • Image for Claudio Monteverdi

    Claudio Monteverdi Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria

    Soloist: Rotraut Hansmann Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

    Das Alter Werk, Teldec

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Alan Hacker

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