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Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella

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First broadcast: Sun 09 Nov 1997

Playwright, Film director

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the playwright and film director Anthony Minghella. He grew up on the Isle of Wight in a close-knit family of Italian descent, and says that he has never felt truly English. It is not surprising therefore that his most successful film explores questions of identity and nationality. That film, The English Patient, won nine Oscars. It is, he admits, unashamedly moving, since for him the purpose of fiction is to "exercise the emotional muscle". Music, too, plays an important part in his life. He listens to music as he writes and the structure of many of his plays and film scripts are influenced by it.

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

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

St Matthew Passion - Mache dich, mein Herze

Conductor: Karl Richter Orchestra: Georges Salminen/Munchener Bach Orchestra

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Johann Sebastian Bach

2.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg variations - Aria

Soloist: Glenn Gould

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Johann Sebastian Bach

3.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G major - 3rd movement

Soloist: Glenn Gould, Leonard Rose

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Van Morrison

4.

Van Morrison

Here Comes The Night

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John Martyn

5.

John Martyn

Couldn't Love You More

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Giacomo Puccini

6.

Giacomo Puccini

Tu, che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonica Conductor: Herbert von Karajan Soloist: Barbara Hendricks

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Leos Janacek

7.

Leos Janacek

String Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata'

Orchestra: Smetana Quartet

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Book

Collected Piano Works by Bach

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