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Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 19 Jun 1988

British actor

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]

Choices

Franz Schubert

1.

Franz Schubert

Piano Quintet in A major 'Trout' - 4th movement

Soloist: Emil Gilels Orchestra: The Amadeus Quartet

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Gustav Mahler

2.

Gustav Mahler

Ich hab' ein glüehend Messer (from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra

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Ludwig van Beethoven

3.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral' - 5th movement (Shepherds' Song)

Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra

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Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

4.

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

Fair Is The Moonlight (from The Immortal Hour)

Johann Sebastian Bach

6.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor

Soloist: Perlman/Stern Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra

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Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music

7.

Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music

Fanfare from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

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Richard Wagner

8.

Castaway's favourite

Richard Wagner

Liebestod (from Tristan und Isolde)

Soloist: Kirsten Flagstad Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Luxury item

Large bottle of toilet water

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 08 Oct 1962

Actor

Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies.

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor

Soloist: David & Igor Oistrakh Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Goossens

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Frederick Delius

2.

Frederick Delius

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Thomas Beecham

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

3.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Concerto in A major

Soloist: Gervase de Peyer Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Peter Maag

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Richard Wagner

4.

Richard Wagner

Brünnhilde's Immolation (from Götterdämmerung)

Soloist: Kirsten Flagstad Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

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Ludwig van Beethoven

5.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Arturo Toscanini

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Richard Strauss

6.

Richard Strauss

Marie Theres'! Hab' mir's gelobt (Act 3 Trio) (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Soloist: Lotte Lehmann, Elisabeth Schumann, Maria Olszewska Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Robert Heger

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Gustav Mahler

7.

Gustav Mahler

Die zwei blauen Augen (from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

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Johann Sebastian Bach/Hess

8.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach/Hess

Jesu, joy of man's desiring (from Cantata No. 147)

Soloist: Myra Hess

Book

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

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Luxury item

Skin food

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