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Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion

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First broadcast: Sun 22 Mar 1998

Poet, Biographer

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the poet Andrew Motion.

He describes his writing as a "biological thing" - like developing a headache or the flu - but much, much more pleasurable. Also a biographer, his first, controversial work was about his friend and fellow poet Philip Larkin. While researching for it, he collected together his own personal writings and burnt them. Dominant in his work is the figure of his mother; injured in an accident which left her severely ill and from which she eventually died. His poems, he says, are his way of bringing her back to life.

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

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

2.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 56: Ich will den Kreustab

Soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

4.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

From Far, From Eve and Morning from On Wenlock Edge

Soloist: Adrian Thompson Orchestra: Delme String Quartet

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Ludwig van Beethoven

5.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier - 3rd movement

Soloist: Alfred Brendel

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Alban Berg

6.

Alban Berg

Violin Concerto

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic

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Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for Solo Cello No. 6 in D major

Soloist: Maurice Gedron

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Book

Prelude - Penguin edition by William Wordsworth

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Luxury item

Pencils and paper

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Occupations

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