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Dame Ninette De Valois

Dame Ninette De Valois

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First broadcast: Sun 17 Feb 1991

Ballet mistress

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Britain's most distinguished ballet mistress Dame Ninette de Valois. She first appeared on the professional stage more than 75 years ago, and her contribution to the development of ballet in this country has been phenomenal. Now in her nineties, she'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how she became the first director of the Vic Wells Ballet School in 1931 - a school which grew and changed over the years to become the Royal Ballet in 1956.

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

Choices

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Sleeping Beauty - Introduction

Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

2.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake - Act 4 (finale)

Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Benjamin Britten

3.

Benjamin Britten

The Prince Of The Pagodas

Orchestra: The Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

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Ludwig Minkus

4.

Ludwig Minkus

La Bayadere - The Kingdom Of The Shades

Orchestra: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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Sir William Walton

5.

Sir William Walton

Tarantella (from Fa├žade)

Orchestra: The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

6.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Job

Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Arthur Drummond Bliss

7.

Arthur Drummond Bliss

Checkmate - Finale

Orchestra: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

8.

Castaway's favourite

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Nutcracker Suite

Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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9.

Book

A collection of poems by

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Luxury item

An everlasting bottle of sleeping pills

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 04 Jul 1966

Prima ballerina

Roy Plomley's castaway is prima ballerina Dame Ninette De Valois.

Choices

Benjamin Britten

1.

Castaway's favourite

Benjamin Britten

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes - Dawn

Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden Conductor: Benjamin Britten

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Benjamin Britten

2.

Benjamin Britten

Their spinning wheel unwinds (from The Rape of Lucretia)

Soloist: Peter Pears, Joan Cross

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Manos Hadjidakis

3.

Manos Hadjidakis

Evening Stroll from 15 Hesperini

Orchestra: Instrumental Ensemble

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Gustav Mahler

4.

Gustav Mahler

Der Einsame im Herbst (from Das Lied von der Erde)

Soloist: Kathleen Ferrier Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Bruno Walter

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Johann Sebastian Bach/Hess

5.

Johann Sebastian Bach/Hess

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

Soloist: Dinu Lipatti

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor

Soloist: Geza Anda Orchestra: Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica

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Fedor Chaliapin & the Choir of the Russian Church of the Metropolitan of Paris

7.

Fedor Chaliapin & the Choir of the Russian Church of the Metropolitan of Paris

The Creed

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

8.

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

Final Chorus (from The Snow Maiden)

Orchestra: Chorus and Orchestra of National Opera, Belgrade

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9.

10.

Book

Poetry by W B Yeats

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Luxury item

Writing materials

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