Piano Quintet in A major 'Trout' - 4th movement
Soloist: Emil Gilels Orchestra: The Amadeus Quartet
At 97, the actress Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies reflects with interest on the prospect of being castaway and, in conversation with Sue Lawley, looks back over her long career. With a head well-stocked with music - and ringing with Shakespeare - she is determined to survive. But she isn't proposing to be castaway for long. She's already plotting a plan of escape. In the meantime, she looks back on her long and fascinating career in the theatre, which began with advice from Ellen Terry, took her into the Gaiety Chorus (at the back) and eventually, after success in The Immortal Hour, to some of the great Shakespearian roles.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Fair Is The Moonlight (from The Immortal Hour)
Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies.
Jesu, joy of man's desiring (from Cantata No. 147)
Soloist: Myra Hess
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