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David Attenborough

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 25 December 1998

Sue Lawley's castaway this morning is Sir David Attenborough. He brought the blue-footed booby into our sitting rooms, and revealed the secret lives of plants. But we remember him best caught in the embrace of a female gorilla.

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

Favourite track: Adagio from String Quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert
Book: Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life by W B Lord
Luxury: Guitar

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan tutte)

    Soloist: Monserrat Caballe, Janet Baker and Richard Van Allan Orchestra: The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

    Cosi fan Tutte, Philips

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel And the glory of the Lord (from Messiah)

    Performer: Academy and Chorus of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner

    Messiah, Philips

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor

    Soloist: Kenneth Gilbert

    Chromatic Fantasia & Fuge, Archiv

  • Image for Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Malletoba Spank

    Jazz Party, CBS

  • Image for Claudio Monteverdi

    Claudio Monteverdi Zefiro torna (from Scherzi musicali)

    Artist: Nigel Rogers and Ian Partridge

    Madrigals and Sacred Concertos, Archiv

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert String Quintet in C major - 2nd movement

    Soloist: Mstislav Rostropovich Orchestra: Emerson String Quartet

    Streichquintett, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Sir William Walton

    Sir William Walton Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor - 2nd movement

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

    Symphony No. 1, Telarc

  • Image for Gustav Mahler

    Gustav Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (from Rückert-Lieder)

    Soloist: Dame Janet Baker Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

    Kindertotenlieder. Ruckert Lieder, EMI

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

Broadcasts

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