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James Burke

James Burke

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 06 Mar 1988

Writer, Broadcaster

The castaway this week is James Burke, whose broadcasting style has been described as "turning science into show-biz". But, paradoxically, he admits to being immensely impractical and reveals to Michael Parkinson, while choosing his eight records to take to the island, that he at one time planned to make music his career.

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

Choices

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Quintet in A major

Soloist: Jack Brymer Orchestra: Amadeus Quartet

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Orchestra: Amadeus Quartet

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Joseph Canteloube

5.

Joseph Canteloube

Bäilèro (from Songs of the Auvergne)

Soloist: Kiri Te Kanawa Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Jeffrey Tate

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Jean Sibelius

6.

Jean Sibelius

The Swan of Tuonela

Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

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Aaron Copland

7.

Aaron Copland

Fanfare for the Common Man

Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Antal Dorati

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Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major

Soloist: Paul Tortelier

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Book

Works by Homer

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Luxury item

Guitar and strings

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