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Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 24 May 2009

Comedian, Performer

Kirsty Young's castaway is the comedian and performer Barry Humphries. For decades he has enjoyed global fame with his grotesque comic creations, the Melbourne housewife Dame Edna Everage and the drunken cultural attache Sir Les Patterson. Off stage, though, his life has been spent immersed in literature, music and the arts, and he says that his time spent on the desert island would allow him to devote himself to painting.

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

Choices

Richard Strauss

1.

Richard Strauss

Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Soloist: Anne Sofie Von Otter & Barbara Hendricks

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Fred Astaire

2.

Fred Astaire

Things are Looking up

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Josef Suk

3.

Josef Suk

Love Song

Soloist: Ruggiero Ricci & Noriko Shiozaki

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Randolph Sutton

4.

Randolph Sutton

On Mother Kelly's Doorstep

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Franz Schubert

5.

Franz Schubert

Der Leiermann (The Organgrinder)( from Winterreise)

Soloist: Peter Anders with Michael Raucheisen

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Francis Poulenc

6.

Francis Poulenc

Flute Sonata - 2nd movement

Soloist: Patrick Gallois

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Mischa Spoliansky

7.

Mischa Spoliansky

Auf Wiedersehen

Artist: Felix Joachimson

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Frederick Delius

8.

Castaway's favourite

Frederick Delius

They are not long, the weeping and the laughter (from Songs of Sunset)

Soloist: Nancy Evans, Redvers Llewellyn Choir: BBC Chorus Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham

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Book

The Melbourne Street Directory by

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Luxury item

My paints

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 24 Nov 1973

Comedian

Roy Plomley's castaway is comedian Barry Humphries.

Choices

Randolph Sutton

3.

Randolph Sutton

On Mother Kelly's Doorstep

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Percy Grainger

4.

Castaway's favourite

Percy Grainger

Shallow Brown

Soloist: John Shirley-Quirk Choir: Ambrosian Singers

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Webster Booth & John Cockerill

5.

Webster Booth & John Cockerill

The Faery Song (from The Immortal Hour)

Richard Tauber & Lotte Lehmann

6.

Richard Tauber & Lotte Lehmann

Gluck, das mir Verblieb

Arthur Honegger

8.

Arthur Honegger

Symphony No. 2 For Strings and Trumpet

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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Book

The collected works by Max Beerbohm

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Luxury item

Painting materials

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