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Susana Walton

Susana Walton

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First broadcast: Sun 13 Jan 2002

Horticulturalist

This week the castaway on Desert Island Discs is Lady Walton. Within two weeks of meeting the composer Sir William Walton, Susana Gil Passo had accepted his marriage proposal and left her home in Argentina. When they moved to the island of Ischia, she began transforming the barren land into what is now La Mortella - one of the most famous and beautiful gardens of the Mediterranean. It boasts more than 600 exotic plants - including tree ferns, jacaranda and the huge Victoria Amazonica Waterlily - and is the backdrop to summer concerts organised in Sir William's memory. In conversation with Sue Lawley, she talks about her life and work and chooses eight records to take to the mythical island.

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

Choices

Sir William Walton

1.

Castaway's favourite

Sir William Walton

Troilus and Cressida, Act Two

Soloist: Judith Howarth, Arthur Davies

Others who chose this artist

Astor Piazzolla

2.

Astor Piazzolla

Le Grand Tango

Soloist: Gidon Kremer, Vadim Sakharov

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Franz Liszt

3.

Franz Liszt

Faust Symphony

Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham

Others who chose this artist

Paul Hindemith

4.

Paul Hindemith

String Trio No. 2

Orchestra: Hindemith Trio

Others who chose this artist

Sir William Walton

5.

Sir William Walton

Charge and Battle

Artist: Philaharmonia Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Felix Mendelssohn

6.

Felix Mendelssohn

Song without Words 'Venetian Gondola Song'

Artist: Nathan Berg, Eugene Asti

Others who chose this artist

Sir William Walton

7.

Sir William Walton

Polka (from Façade)

Soloist: Lady Walton

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Giuseppe Verdi

8.

Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff Act 3

Soloist: Tito Gobbi

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9.

10.

Book

The Education of a Gardener by Russel Page

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Downy pillow

Others who chose a similar luxury

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