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Rt Hon Lord Sainsbury

Rt Hon Lord Sainsbury

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 01 Feb 2004

Businessman, Politician - Labour

This week Sue Lawley's castaway is David Sainsbury, now Lord Sainsbury of Turville.

David Sainsbury who is a grocer and a politician is also one of Britain's richest men and was a multi-millionaire by the time he was in his 20s. However, he says that along with his wealth he has inherited a strong sense of duty. He was the fourth generation of the family to take over the business and became only its sixth chairman in more than 120 years. Although his career at Sainsbury's spanned more than 30 years, he has combined it with following his passion for politics. In the 1980s he bankrolled the Social Democratic Party, and at the time there was talk of him being a future secretary of state for trade in David Owen's cabinet. But, when the SDP imploded in the late 1980s he was disillusioned, and his interest wasn't rekindled until Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party. After the Labour election win in 1997 he was made a lord, and shortly afterwards became a science minister.

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

Choices

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (from The Magic Flute)

Soloist: Erich Kunz Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

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Giuseppe Verdi

2.

Giuseppe Verdi

Già nella notte densa (love duet) (from Otello)

Soloist: Ramon Vinay & Herva Nelli Orchestra: The NBC Symphony Orchestra

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Kurt Weill

3.

Kurt Weill

Ballad of Mack the Knife (from The Threepenny Opera)

Soloist: Lotte Lenya with Turk Murphy

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Vangelis

4.

Vangelis

Chariots of Fire (Titles)

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Gabriel Fauré

7.

Gabriel Fauré

Pie Jesu (from Requiem)

Soloist: Marie Mclaughlin Orchestra: The City of London Sinfonia Conductor: Harry Christophers - PRIVATE TAPE

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Marriage of Figaro Finale

Soloist: Thomas Allen & Kiri Te Kanawa Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Book

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Luxury item

Large bath with a constant supply of hot water

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 11 Oct 1992

Businessman, Politician - Labour

Sue Lawley's castaway is businessman and politician Lord Sainsbury.

Choices

Franz Schubert

1.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major - 2nd movement

Orchestra: The Lindsay String Quartet

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Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

2.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Cinderella Act 2

Orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Giuseppe Verdi

3.

Giuseppe Verdi

La Traviata

Soloist: Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo Orchestra: The Bavarian State Opera Conductor: Carlos Kleiber

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Frédéric Chopin

4.

Frédéric Chopin

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise in E flat major

Soloist: Shura Cherkassy

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

5.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin

Soloist: Neil Shicoff, Anne Sofie Von Otter Orchestra: The Dresden State Opera Orchestra Conductor: James Levine

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The Pan Am North Stars

6.

The Pan Am North Stars

That Happy Feeling

Gustav Mahler

7.

Gustav Mahler

Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

Soloist: Fritz Wunderlich Orchestra: The Philharmonia And New Philharmonia Orchestra

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major - 4th movement

Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Thomas Beecham

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Book

The New Oxford Book of English Verse by

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