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Nina Cassian

Nina Cassian

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 14 Feb 1999

Poet

Sue Lawley's guest this week is the Romanian poet Nina Cassian. She was forbidden to return home, after a visit to New York, because of her outspoken critisism the Ceaucescu regime. The loneliness of the unwilling exile is often reflected in her work, but so is love, passion and her wicked sense of humour.

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

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

St Matthew Passion - Ach, Golgotha

Soloist: Michael Chance

Others who chose this artist

Paul Dukas

2.

Paul Dukas

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Olivier Messiaen

3.

Olivier Messiaen

Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus

Soloist: Joanna MacGreggor

Others who chose this artist

Béla Bartók

4.

Béla Bartók

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Claude Debussy

5.

Claude Debussy

La Plus Que Lente

Soloist: Kathryn Stott

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Benjamin Britten

6.

Benjamin Britten

Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra

Orchestra: London Symphony and English Chamber Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Frédéric Chopin

7.

Frédéric Chopin

Mazurka in A minor, Op.17/4

Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Others who chose this artist

Book

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Cigarettes and whisky

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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