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John Piper

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 10 December 1983

The artist John Piper is a man of many talents. Not only is he a distinguished painter, but also he is particularly interested in tapestry and stained glass, and he has done windows for cathedrals at Coventry and Liverpool.

In conversation with Roy Plomley, he talks about the many facets of his life, especially his designs for many of the operas of Benjamin Britten, and he 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: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninov
Book: The complete works by William Blake
Luxury: Pianola

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin

    Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor

    Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

  • Image for Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

    Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

    Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

  • Image for Gabriel Fauré

    Gabriel Fauré Ballade in F sharp minor

    Soloist: John Ogdon Orchestra: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten Winter Words - No 3 Wagtail and Baby

    Soloist: Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc Malvina (from Le Bal masqué)

    Soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Earl Hines & Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

    Earl Hines & Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra Tea For Two

  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 89 in F major

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica Conductor: Antal Dorati

Credits

Presenter
Roy Plomley

Broadcasts

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