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Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 17 Dec 2006

Playwright

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the playwright Sir Arnold Wesker. He's a prolific writer and has penned more than 40 plays as well as books of poetry, short stories, children's tales and most recently a novel. But he first came to prominence in the late 1950s as one of the group of Angry Young Men; dramatists who made their art out of the stuff of everyday life.

He was the son of Jewish communists and was brought up in the East End of London in the 1930s. He remembers being taken on marches and demonstrations and says that memories of Cable Street, when Oswald Mosley was prevented from marching his blackshirts through predominantly Jewish areas of London, weighed heavily in his home. His background strongly informed his writing and his first five plays were all staged at the Royal Court Theatre. He says that even today, he must write something each day as a way of justifying his existence - even if it is only his daily diary entry.

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

Choices

José Pablo Moncayo

1.

José Pablo Moncayo

Huapango

Composer: José Pablo Moncayo

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Shigeaki Saegusa

2.

Shigeaki Saegusa

Oratorio Yamato Taker

Performer: Shigeaki Saegusa

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

3.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Magnificat in D major

Composer: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

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Arnold Schoenberg

4.

Castaway's favourite

Arnold Schoenberg

Gurrelieder (finale)

Composer: Arnold Schoenberg

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Ben Till / Arnold Wesker

5.

Ben Till / Arnold Wesker

Shone with the Sun

Performer: Ben Till / Arnold Wesker

Richard Strauss

6.

Richard Strauss

Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Composer: Richard Strauss

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Lionel Richie

7.

Lionel Richie

Dancing on the Ceiling

Performer: Lionel Richie

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Joe Satriani

8.

Joe Satriani

Cryin'

Performer: Joe Satriani

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Book

A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust

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Luxury item

Supplies of pen and paper

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 07 Nov 1966

Playwright

Roy Plomley's castaway is playwright Arnold Wesker.

Choices

Gustav Mahler

1.

Castaway's favourite

Gustav Mahler

Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

Composer: Gustav Mahler

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Bursteins

2.

Bursteins

Di elegive fun fastrigossop

Performer: Bursteins

Giovanni Coprario

3.

Giovanni Coprario

Fantasia a cinque

Performer: Giovanni Coprario

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59/1 'Rasumovsky'

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

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The Beatles

5.

The Beatles

Eleanor Rigby

Performer: The Beatles

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Lotte Lenya

6.

Lotte Lenya

Surabaya Johnny

Performer: Lotte Lenya

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Alban Berg

7.

Alban Berg

Violin Concerto

Composer: Alban Berg

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Gustav Mahler

8.

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Composer: Gustav Mahler

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Luxury item

Selection of pictures

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