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Jill Balcon

Jill Balcon

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 14 Oct 2007

Film and stage actor

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the actress Jill Balcon. She has the voice of an old friend - and it's not surprising, she was a BBC radio announcer during the war and has been acting and performing poetry consistently since. Poetry has always played a central role in her life. She was only 12 years old when she first saw the poet Cecil Day Lewis. He had come to judge a poetry-reading competition at her school and although he was more than 20 years her senior, he was, she says, the most beautiful man she had ever seen.

They were married for more than 20 years. Since his death in 1972, she has maintained her own acting career, continued raising their children - the acclaimed cookery writer Tamasin and Oscar-winning actor Daniel - and also worked hard to preserve his legacy.

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

Choices

Franz Peter Schubert

1.

Franz Peter Schubert

Auf dem Wasser zu singen (To be Sung upon the Water), D774

Soloist: Felicity Lott accompanied by Graham Johnson

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto in B flat major - 3rd movement

Soloist: Clifford Curzon Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Benjamin Britten

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

3.

Castaway's favourite

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Symphony No. 5 in D major - 3rd movement

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 - 3rd movement

Soloist: Paul Lewis

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Leos Janacek

7.

Leos Janacek

String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'

Orchestra: Medici String Quartet

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Book

Complete Works by Thomas Hardy

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Luxury item

A barrel of Guerlain Jicky perfume

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 18 Aug 1945

Film and stage actor

Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Jill Balcon.

Choices

Dennis Cox

1.

Dennis Cox

My Lagen Love

Ralph Vaughan Williams

2.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Wasps Overture

Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra

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Franz Peter Schubert

3.

Franz Peter Schubert

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major

Soloist: Alfred Cortot, Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casa

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Jean Sablon

4.

Jean Sablon

Sur le Pont D'Avignon

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major

Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Bruno Walter

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Johann Sebastian Bach

6.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 68: Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt

Soloist: Isobel Baillie, Anthony Pini

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Maurice Ravel

7.

Maurice Ravel

Jeux d'eau

Soloist: Eileen Joyce

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Giuseppe Verdi

8.

Giuseppe Verdi

Bella figlia dell'amore (from Rigoletto)

Soloist: Nellie Melba/Edna Thornton/John McCormack

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