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David Attenborough

David Attenborough

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 29 Jan 2012

Naturalist, broadcaster

Kirsty Young's castaway for the 70th anniversary edition of Desert Island Discs is Sir David Attenborough.

He has seen more of the world than anyone else who has ever lived - he's visited the north and south poles and witnessed most of the life in-between - from the birds in the canopies of tropical rainforests to giant earthworms in Australia.

But despite his extraordinary travels, there is one part of the globe that's eluded him. As a young man and a keen rock-climber, he yearned to conquer the highest peak in the world. "I won't make it now - I won't make it to base camp now - but as a teenager, I thought that the only thing a red-blooded Englishman really should do was to climb Everest."

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Francisco Yglesia

1.

Francisco Yglesia

Pajaro Campana or The Bell Bird

Franz Schubert

2.

Franz Schubert

Impromptu No.1 in F minor

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Johann Sebastian Bach

5.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

3rd of Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Performer: Murray Perahia

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The  Gamelan Orchestra

6.

The Gamelan Orchestra

Legong,

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soave sia il vento – Gentle be the breeze

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Book

Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life by W B Lord

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Luxury item

a piano

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Fri 25 Dec 1998

Naturalist, Broadcaster

Sue Lawley's castaway this morning is Sir David Attenborough. He brought the blue-footed booby into our sitting rooms, and revealed the secret lives of plants. But we remember him best caught in the embrace of a female gorilla.

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

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan tutte)

Soloist: Monserrat Caballe, Janet Baker and Richard Van Allan Orchestra: The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

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George Frideric Handel

2.

George Frideric Handel

And the glory of the Lord (from Messiah)

Performer: Academy and Chorus of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner

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Johann Sebastian Bach

3.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor

Soloist: Kenneth Gilbert

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Claudio Monteverdi

5.

Claudio Monteverdi

Zefiro torna (from Scherzi musicali)

Artist: Nigel Rogers and Ian Partridge

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Franz Schubert

6.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major - 2nd movement

Soloist: Mstislav Rostropovich Orchestra: Emerson String Quartet

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Sir William Walton

7.

Sir William Walton

Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor - 2nd movement

Orchestra: Royal Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

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Gustav Mahler

8.

Gustav Mahler

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (from Rückert-Lieder)

Soloist: Dame Janet Baker Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

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Book

Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life by W B Lord

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 10 Mar 1979

Naturalist, Broadcaster, Zoologist

Roy Plomley's castaway is zoologist David Attenborough.

Choices

George Frideric Handel

1.

George Frideric Handel

The Lord Is my light (Chandos Anthem No. 10))

Soloist: Ian Partridge Choir: King's College Chapel Choir Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: David Willcocks

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Ludwig van Beethoven

2.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 2 in D major

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

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Johann Sebastian Bach/Busoni

3.

Johann Sebastian Bach/Busoni

Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D minor - 5th movement (Chaconne)

Soloist: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan tutte)

Soloist: Monserrat Caballe, Janet Baker, Richard Van Allen Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden Conductor: Colin Davis

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Igor Stravinsky

5.

Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird

Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Igor Stravinsky

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Jan Dismas Zelenka

6.

Jan Dismas Zelenka

Trio Sonata No. 1 in F

Soloist: Sachka Gavriloff, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann, Lucio Buccarella, Christiane Jaccottet

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Benjamin Britten

7.

Benjamin Britten

Spring Symphony

Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Covent Garden Conductor: Benjamin Britten

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor

Soloist: Cecil aronowitz Orchestra: Amadeus String Quartet

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Book

Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life by William Barry Lord

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Luxury item

Binoculars

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 06 May 1957

Naturalist, Broadcaster

Roy Plomley's castaway is naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough.

Choices

Ottilie Patterson

1.

Ottilie Patterson

Trouble in Mind

Artist: Chris Barber's Jazz Band

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Johann Sebastian Bach

2.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E major - Prelude

Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Albert Ketelby

3.

Albert Ketelby

Stars and Stripes Forever

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Franz Schubert

4.

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major

Soloist: Kurt Reher Orchestra: Hollywood String Quartet

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George Frideric Handel

6.

George Frideric Handel

Haste thee, nymph (from L'Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato)

Choir: Glasgow Orpheus Choir

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Jean Sibelius

7.

Jean Sibelius

Tapiola

Orchestra: Amsterdam Concertgebouw

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

8.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune 'All people that on earth do dwell'

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