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Frederic Raphael

Frederic Raphael

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 19 Feb 2006

Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Screenwriter

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the screen writer Frederic Raphael. For 50 years Frederic Raphael has written witty scripts for television and the silver screen. He won an Oscar for his film Darling, which starred Julie Christie, and became a household name with his television series The Glittering Prizes.

He was born in Chicago but came to England as a boy - where, his father advised him, he could grow up to be 'an English gentleman' rather than 'an American Jew'. While his parents did not want to disown their faith, nor did they want to be defined by it and they were very cautious about the way Jews were perceived in Britain before the Second World War. He was one of only a handful of Jewish boys at boarding school and was isolated and miserable there. But his loneliness led him to the solitary pursuit of writing - an occupation where he could right the wrongs he had suffered. A bright pupil, his own glittering prize was winning a scholarship to Cambridge - after that, he said, no other success in his life could compare.

For the past 50 years he has split his time between London, France and Greece - accompanied all the time by his wife, Sylvia-Betty.

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

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

2.

Johann Sebastian Bach

English Suite No. 6 in D minor - 6th movement

Soloist: Murray Perahia

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Henry Mancini

4.

Henry Mancini

Two for the Road

Orchestra: Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

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Manos Tacticos & his Bouzoukis

5.

Castaway's favourite

Manos Tacticos & his Bouzoukis

Vorka Sto Yialo

Antonin Dvorak

6.

Antonin Dvorak

Cello Concerto in B minor - 1st movement

Soloist: Paul Tortelier Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: André Previn

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Max Bruch

8.

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor - 2nd movement

Soloist: James Ehnes Orchestra: The Montreal Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Charles Dutoit

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Book

Oxford Latin Dictionary by

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Luxury item

Mont Blanc pen, nibs and spiral squared notebooks

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 21 Feb 1981

Novelist

Roy Plomley's castaway is writer Frederic Raphael.

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Concerto in D major

Soloist: Nathan Milstein Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Conductor: William Steinberg

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Joseph Haydn

3.

Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in F major, Op. 77/2

Orchestra: Beaux Arts Trio

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Antonio Vivaldi

4.

Antonio Vivaldi

Lute Concerto in D major

Soloist: Julian Bream

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Claudio Monteverdi

5.

Claudio Monteverdi

Vespers 1610

Orchestra: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

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Johann Sebastian Bach

6.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto in D minor

Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Daniel Barenboim

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Maria Farandouri & Georg Kapernaros

7.

Maria Farandouri & Georg Kapernaros

Boat On The Beach

Antonin Dvorak

8.

Castaway's favourite

Antonin Dvorak

Cello Concerto in B Minor

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Book

Bilingual edition of poetry by Giorgos Seferis

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Luxury item

Painting Materials

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Occupations

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