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Michael Holroyd

Michael Holroyd

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 20 Feb 2000

Biographer

Sue Lawley's guest this week is Michael Holroyd. A respected biographer, as a boy, he sought refuge from an unhappy home in Maidenhead Public Library. It was there he discovered the work of Hugh Kingsmill who was to become his first biographical subject. And it was then that he "discovered the attraction," as he says, "of stepping from my own life into other people's". Since then he has devoted seven years to writing the life of Augustus John, and 17 to the biography of George Bernard Shaw.

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

Choices

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 6 in B minor 'Pathétique' - 1st movement

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Jean Sibelius

2.

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 2 in D major - 1st movement

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Ethel Waters

3.

Ethel Waters

Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)

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Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

5.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Juliet's funeral (from Romeo and Juliet)

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Henry Purcell

6.

Henry Purcell

When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) (from Dido and Aeneas)

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Erik Satie

7.

Erik Satie

Trois Gymnopédies - No. 1

Composer: Erik Satie Performer: Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse

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Ludwig van Beethoven

8.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 - 4th movement

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9.

10.

Book

The High Hill of the Muses - Anthology by Hugh Kingsmill

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Luxury item

Waterbed

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 22 Jan 1977

Biographer

Roy Plomley's castaway is biographer Michael Holroyd.

Choices

Richard Wagner

2.

Richard Wagner

Ride of the Valkyries (from Die Walküre)

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Leopold Stokowski

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Franz Berwald

3.

Franz Berwald

String Quartet No. 2 in E Flat

Orchestra: Bentheim Quartet

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Benjamin Britten

4.

Benjamin Britten

Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge

Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra

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Ludwig van Beethoven

5.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Orchestra: Budapest Quartet

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Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

6.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major

Soloist: Sviatoslav Richter

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Franz Peter Schubert

7.

Franz Peter Schubert

String Quintet in C major

Orchestra: Amadeus String Quartet

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Samuel Beckett

8.

Samuel Beckett

Malone Dies

Conductor: Jack Emery

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9.

10.

Book

The High Hill of the Muses by Hugh Kingsmill

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Luxury item

Waterbed

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Occupations

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