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Ken Russell

Ken Russell

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 22 Feb 1987

Film director

Ken Russell has directed many films, including Women in Love, The Music Lovers, The Boyfriend and Gothic, his latest. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he recalls his childhood in Southampton, going to naval college, life in the Merchant Navy, making amateur film which led to him working on Monitor for BBC television, and his eventual move into the making of feature films.

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

Choices

Larry Kent & Broadway Orchestra

1.

Larry Kent & Broadway Orchestra

Something's Coming

Cicely Courtneidge & Orchestra

2.

Cicely Courtneidge & Orchestra

If I Had Napoleon's Hat (Aunt Sally)

Sir Arnold Bax

3.

Sir Arnold Bax

The Garden Of Fand

Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham

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Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle Orchestra

4.

Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle Orchestra

By Strauss

Edward Elgar

5.

Edward Elgar

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Gustav Mahler

6.

Castaway's favourite

Gustav Mahler

Der Trunkene im Frühling (from Das Lied von der Erde)

Soloist: Rene Kolllo Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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D'Indy

7.

D'Indy

On A French Mountain

Soloist: Robert Casadesus Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

Mel Tormé

8.

Mel Tormé

Mountain Greenery

Artist: Al Porcino & Orchestra

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Book

The Prelude by William Wordsworth

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Religious text

None Taken

Luxury item

Quart of brandy

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