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Sir Michael Tippett

Sir Michael Tippett

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 05 Jan 1985

Composer

Sir Michael Tippett, who celebrated his 80th birthday three days ago, has come to be regarded as one of the foremost composers of this century. As he tells Roy Plomley, other than a period as Director of Music at Morley College, he has allowed very little to distract him from composition. His output includes four symphonies, four operas, four string quartets and several concertos.

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

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Maurice Ravel

1.

Maurice Ravel

Sonatine for Piano - 2nd movement

Soloist: Paul Crossley

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Hector Berlioz

2.

Hector Berlioz

Harold in the Mountains (from Harold in Italy)

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Colin Davis

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Claudio Monteverdi

3.

Castaway's favourite

Claudio Monteverdi

Vespers 1610

Orchestra: Taverner Consort Choir: Taverner Choir with Taverner Players Conductor: andrew Parrott

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Eartha Kitt

4.

Eartha Kitt

Just An Old Fashioned Girl

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Harry Partch

5.

Harry Partch

The Bewitched

Orchestra: University Of Illinios Ensemble Conductor: John Garvey

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Sir Michael Tippett

7.

Sir Michael Tippett

Song No. 2 (from Songs for Dov)

Artist: Robert Tear Orchestra: London Sinfonietta

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Ludwig van Beethoven

8.

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Orchestra: Lindsay Quartet

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Book

Blank pages by

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Luxury item

Egg timer & telescope

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 29 Apr 1968

Composer

Roy Plomley's castaway is composer Sir Michael Tippett.

Choices

Franz Schubert

1.

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major

Soloist: Isaac Stern, Alexander Schneider et al

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Henry Purcell

2.

Henry Purcell

When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) (from Dido and Aeneas)

Soloist: Kirsten Flagstad Orchestra: Mermaid Orchestra

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Richard Wagner

3.

Richard Wagner

Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey (from Götterdämmerung)

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

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Claudio Monteverdi

4.

Claudio Monteverdi

Chiome d'oro (Madrigal, Book 7)

Orchestra: Nadia Boulanger Ensemble

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Bessie Smith

5.

Castaway's favourite

Bessie Smith

St Louis Blues

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Sir Michael Tippett

6.

Sir Michael Tippett

Symphony No. 2

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Colin Davis

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Charles Ives

7.

Charles Ives

Fourth Of July

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

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Igor Stravinsky

8.

Igor Stravinsky

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Conductor: Ernest Ansermet

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Book

The Odyssey by Homer

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Luxury item

Harmonium

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