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Bernard Levin

Bernard Levin

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 25 Oct 1987

Journalist, Critic

"Music would be absolutely essential on my desert island" says Bernard Levin, "I don't know what my life would be without music". In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he looks back on his career as a journalist and critic and, in narrowing his choice of music to eight records, reveals a penchant for opera.

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

Choices

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute Act 1

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Richard Wagner

2.

Richard Wagner

Die Meistersinger von N├╝rnberg Act 3

Orchestra: German State Orchestra and Chorus

Others who chose this artist

Franz Schubert

3.

Franz Schubert

Der Musensohn, D764

Composer: Franz Schubert

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Giuseppe Verdi

4.

Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

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Giacomo Puccini

5.

Giacomo Puccini

In questa Reggia (from Turandot)

Composer: Giacomo Puccini

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Ludwig van Beethoven

6.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

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William Shakespeare

7.

William Shakespeare

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet No. 130)

Performer: William Shakespeare

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George Frideric Handel

8.

George Frideric Handel

I know that my Redeemer liveth (from Messiah)

Composer: George Frideric Handel

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Michelin Guide to France by

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Luxury item

Laptop computer

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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