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Sir Ernst Gombrich

Sir Ernst Gombrich

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First broadcast: Sun 05 Apr 1992

Art historian, Writer

The castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is art historian Sir Ernst Gombrich. His most famous book, The Story of Art, was written more than 40 years ago, yet it remains the world's most popular introduction to great artists and their work.

He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his life and work recalling his first impressions of England to which he came from Vienna in 1936, his time translating German propaganda broadcasts for the BBC during the Second World War and explaining why he prefers to help people appreciate art rather than own it himself.

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

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1 - Prelude in C major

Soloist: Leonie Gombrich

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

2.

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127

Orchestra: The Busch Quartet

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

3.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

Orchestra: The BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Arturo Toscanini

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major

Soloist: Rudolf Serkin, Alexander Schneider Orchestra: The Marlboro Festival Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Divertimento For Violin In E Flat

Orchestra: The Kehr Trio

Others who chose this artist

Joseph Haydn

6.

Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in C major

Orchestra: The Dekany Quartet

Others who chose this artist

Joseph Haydn

7.

Joseph Haydn

Et incarnatus est (from Nelson Mass)

Soloist: Lisa Della Casa Orchestra: The Vienna Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Jonathan Sternberg

Others who chose this artist

Franz Schubert

8.

Franz Schubert

Der Einsame, D800

Soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Alfred Brendel

Others who chose this artist

Book

Goethe's Poems by Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Bath tub with an endless supply of hot water

Others who chose a similar luxury

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