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Professor George Steiner

Professor George Steiner

Broadcast

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

Richard Wagner

1.

Richard Wagner

Lohengrin

Composer: Richard Wagner

Others who chose this artist

George Frideric Handel

2.

George Frideric Handel

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

Composer: George Frideric Handel

Others who chose this artist

Anton Bruckner

3.

Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 7 in E major

Composer: Anton Bruckner

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Hector Berlioz

4.

Hector Berlioz

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

Composer: Hector Berlioz

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Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse

5.

Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse

Trois Gymnopédies - No. 1

Performer: Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse

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Sir Michael Tippett

6.

Sir Michael Tippett

King Priam

Composer: Sir Michael Tippett

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Samuel Barber

7.

Samuel Barber

Agnus Dei

Composer: Samuel Barber

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Édith Piaf

8.

Édith Piaf

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Performer: Édith Piaf

Others who chose this artist

Book

500 year ahead calendar and appointment book by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Computer

Others who chose a similar luxury

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