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Professor George Steiner

Professor George Steiner

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First broadcast: Sun 18 Feb 1996

Academic, Critic

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Professor George Steiner. One of the most prominent intellectuals of our time, he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how the English academic establishment has taken decades to accept him despite his early popularity as a Cambridge lecturer, and about the problem of reconciling the love of beauty with great acts of evil.
He'll also be describing how his family left Austria for France in the 1920s and how he was one of only two boys to survive in his class in the largely Jewish lycee he attended in Paris.

When asked to select just one record to take to the island, Professor George said that for him, it was all or nothing.

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

Choices

George Frideric Handel

2.

George Frideric Handel

But thanks be to God (sung in German) (from Messiah)

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Anton Bruckner

3.

Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 7 in E major

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Hector Berlioz

4.

Hector Berlioz

Le spectre de la rose (from Les nuits d'été)

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Erik Satie

5.

Erik Satie

Trois Gymnopédies - No. 1

Composer: Erik Satie Performer: Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse

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9.

10.

Book

500 year ahead calendar and appointment book by

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Luxury item

Computer

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