Paul Tortelier

Paul Tortelier was born in Paris, where his first job at the age of 12 was playing the cello in a cinema orchestra. Although he was a prize-winning student at the Conservatoire in 1930, it was some years before his career took off. In conversation with Roy Plomley, this internationally-famous soloist and teacher talks about his colourful life and chooses the eight records he would take to the mythical island.

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

Favourite track: Piano Concerto in G, 2nd Movement by Maurice Ravel
Book: The Cathedrals of France by Auguste Rodin
Luxury: Photograph of wife

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40 minutes

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Fri 6 Apr 1984 09:05


Role Contributor
PresenterRoy Plomley
Interviewed GuestPaul Tortelier

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