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David Starkey

David Starkey

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 06 Feb 2005

Historian, Broadcaster, Writer

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Dr David Starkey. Dr David Starkey forsook the ivory towers of academia to popularise history as a constitutional commentator in the press and as a broadcaster and writer. His approach to history is a personal one; he explains events through the lens of individual hopes, flaws and lusts and says historical influence can be seen in terms of who are "the movers and shakers and the bottom wipers" in the royal court. Their equivalent can be seen in government today, he says, through the unelected advisers who take their seat on the Downing Street sofa.

Born into a working class, Quaker family in Kendal, David's formidable drive owes much to his mother's love and ambitions for her only child. David's feeling that history should not be the preserve of academics, but belongs to the public, set him on a path to a TV career, via Cambridge, the LSE, and his infamous performances on Radio 4's The Moral Maze which earned him the title of 'the rudest man in Britain'. Now, his programmes are watched by millions and his books are bestsellers.

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

Choices

King Henry VIII of England

1.

King Henry VIII of England

Henry VIII's Pastime with Good Company

Soloist: Glenda Simpson Orchestra: The Camerata of London Conductor: Barry Mason

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Henry Purcell

2.

Henry Purcell

March (from the Funeral Music for Queen Mary)

Orchestra: Monteverdi Orchestra Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

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Giuseppe Verdi

3.

Giuseppe Verdi

Dio che nell'alma infondere (from Don Carlos)

Soloist: Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes Orchestra: The Ambrosian Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini

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New London Consort

4.

New London Consort

Pavana La Bataglia - a 16th century Italian carnival song

Conductor: Philip Pickett

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Oboe Quartet in F major

Soloist: Lothar Koch Orchestra: The Amadeus Quartet

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Dove sono (from The Marriage of Figaro)

Soloist: Kiri te Kanawa Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir George Solti

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Claudio Monteverdi

7.

Claudio Monteverdi

Pur ti miro (from The Coronation of Poppea )

Soloist: Magda Laszlo and Richard Lewis Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: John Pritchard

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George Frideric Handel

8.

George Frideric Handel

Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah)

Choir: English Concert Choir Orchestra: English Concert Conductor: Trevor Pinnock

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Book

Microcosmographia Academica by Francis M Cornford

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Luxury item

Hot and cold running water, bath tub and bath oil

Others who chose a similar luxury

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