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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

Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfonica De Minerai Conductor: Herrera De La Fuente

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Shigeaki Saegusa

2.

Shigeaki Saegusa

Oratorio Yamato Taker

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

3.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Magnificat in D major

Soloist: Venceslava Hruba-Freiberger, Barbara Bornemann, Peter Schreier, Olaf Bar

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Arnold Schoenberg

4.

Castaway's favourite

Arnold Schoenberg

Gurrelieder (finale)

Orchestra: The Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Berlin

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Ben Till / Arnold Wesker

5.

Ben Till / Arnold Wesker

Shone with the Sun

Soloist: Katina Kangaris, Fiona Brice, Alice Butcher, Rebecca Todd, Megan Stewart

Richard Strauss

6.

Richard Strauss

Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Soloist: Christa Ludwig and Teresa Stich-Randall Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

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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)

Soloist: Kathleen Ferrier Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Bruno Walter

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Bursteins

2.

Bursteins

Di elegive fun fastrigossop

Giovanni Coprario

3.

Giovanni Coprario

Fantasia a cinque

Orchestra: New York Pro Musica

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Orchestra: Budapest String Quartet

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Alban Berg

7.

Alban Berg

Violin Concerto

Soloist: Isaac Stern Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

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Gustav Mahler

8.

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

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Luxury item

Selection of pictures

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