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Sir Isaiah Berlin

Sir Isaiah Berlin

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First broadcast: Sun 15 Mar 1992

Historian, Philosopher

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is philosopher and historian Sir Isaiah Berlin. Born in Latvia 80 years ago, he was brought to England by his family when he was ten years old and barely able to speak English. He is now internationally regarded as one of the most brilliant scholars of his age.

He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his early years in Russia, his commitment to, and respect for, this country, and explaining the philosophical implications of liberalism - his guiding principle for 60 years.

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

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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Clock Scene (from Boris Godunov)

Soloist: Feodor Chaliapin Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Max Steimann

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Giuseppe Verdi

2.

Giuseppe Verdi

Ah, fors' รจ lui (from La traviata)

Soloist: Renata Tebaldi Orchestra: The Orchestra Of The Academy Of St Cecilla Conductor: Fransesco Molinari-Pradelli

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Johann Sebastian Bach

3.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major - 2nd movement

Soloist: Alexander Schneider, Isaac Stern Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Soloist: Arthur Schnabel

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Gioachino Rossini

5.

Gioachino Rossini

The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture

Orchestra: The Philharmonic Orchestra Of New York Conductor: Arturo Toscanini

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Ludwig van Beethoven

6.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

Orchestra: The Busch Quartet

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Franz Schubert

7.

Franz Schubert

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960 -2nd movement

Soloist: Alfred Brendel

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

L'ho perduta (from The Marriage of Figaro)

Soloist: Margaret Price Orchestra: The New Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Otto Klemperer

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Book

Works, prose and verse by Aleksandr Pushkin

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Luxury item

Large armchair stacked with cushions

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