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Randy Newman

Randy Newman

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First broadcast: Sun 19 Oct 2008

Singer, Songwriter

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the American composer, singer and song-writer Randy Newman. Colleagues say he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with musical legends Cole Porter and George Gershwin. He first made his name by writing mordant and often satirical pop songs - including A Few Words in Defence of Our Country, Political Science and Short People. For the past 25 years he has been better known for his Hollywood film music - including writing the scores for the first four Disney/Pixar films. He held the unique distinction for being Oscar-nominated 15 times without winning until 2002, when he picked up the award for Best Original Song for If I Didn't Have You from Monsters Inc. His songs are often written from the point of view of unlikeable characters - from slave masters to stalkers - it was a style, he acknowledges, that wasn't universally liked, but he adds: "I wouldn't have it any differently".

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

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Orchestra: The Hollywood String Quartet

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Igor Stravinsky

5.

Igor Stravinsky

Sacrificial Dance (from The Rite of Spring)

Orchestra: The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Benjamin Zander

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Dmitri Shostakovich

6.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphony No. 15 in A major - 1st movement

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Bernard Haitink

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Gustav Mahler

7.

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 9 in D major - 4th movement

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Others who chose this artist

Ray Charles

8.

Ray Charles

Come Rain or Come Shine

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Book

The Divine Comedy (with translation) by Dante Alighieri

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Luxury item

A piano

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