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Robert Burchfield

Robert Burchfield

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First broadcast: Sat 20 Apr 1985

Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, Writer, Academic, Editor

Robert Burchfield, who has been Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary since 1957, was born in New Zealand. After fighting in Italy during the war, he came to England to complete his education and stayed on to be a lecturer at Oxford University. In conversation with Roy Plomley, he talks about his career and discusses the many problems associated with compiling dictionaries.

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

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Giacomo Puccini

3.

Giacomo Puccini

E Lucevan Le Stelle (from Tosca)

Soloist: Gigli Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis

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Franz Schubert

4.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Schubert

Die Forelle (The Trout), D550

Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Karl Judez

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Serenade No. 13 in G major 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Orchestra: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Neville Marriner

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Giacomo Puccini

6.

Giacomo Puccini

Tre sbirri (Te Deum) (from Tosca)

Choir: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford Conductor: Bernard Rose

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Gay/Weinberger

7.

Gay/Weinberger

The Beggar's Opera No 17

Soloist: Elsie Morison, John Cameron Orchestra: Pro Arte Orchestra Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent

George Frideric Handel

8.

George Frideric Handel

Let the bright Seraphim (from Samson)

Soloist: Kiri Te Kanawa Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Barry Rose

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Book

Republic by Plato

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Luxury item

Manuscript of The Orrmulum (Junius 1) from the Bodleian Library

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