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Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 19 Oct 1997

Jazz composer

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the composer and performer Richard Rodney Bennett. A versatile musician, he is equally at home playing jazz, writing film scores or composing for the concert hall. He wants to give performers music which they want to play, so he has written percussion pieces for Evelyn Glennie and saxophone sonatas for John Harle and Stan Getz. "Nobody," he says, "needs another violin concerto from anybody". His film scores include Murder on the Orient Express, Far From the Madding Crowd and Four Weddings and a Funeral, but he confesses to having most fun when he's just singing jazz.

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

Choices

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

1.

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Theme From Tender Is The Night

Soloist: John Harle, John Lenehan

Others who chose this artist

The Barry Tuckwell Ensemble

2.

The Barry Tuckwell Ensemble

Till The Clouds Roll By

Sir William Walton

6.

Castaway's favourite

Sir William Walton

Violin Concerto in B minor

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Soloist: Yehudi Menuhin

Others who chose this artist

Paul Williams & Johnny Mandel

7.

Paul Williams & Johnny Mandel

Main Theme From Agatha

Shirley Horn

8.

Shirley Horn

Wouldn't It Be Loverly?

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Atlantic book of British and American Poetry by Edith Sitwell

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

6mm 36 inch circular knitting needle with a point at each end

Others who chose a similar luxury

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 09 Sep 1968

Composer

Roy Plomley's castaway is composer Richard Rodney Bennett.

Choices

Sir William Walton

1.

Sir William Walton

Viola Concerto in A minor

Soloist: William Primrose Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: William Walton

Others who chose this artist

Igor Stravinsky

3.

Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

Orchestra: French National Radio Orchestra Conductor: Pierre Boulez

Others who chose this artist

Lou Rawls

5.

Lou Rawls

I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town

Others who chose this artist

Claude Debussy

6.

Castaway's favourite

Claude Debussy

Jeux

Orchestra: New Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Pierre Boulez

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Atlantic Book by Edith Sitwell

Others who chose this author

Occupations

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