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Michael Nyman

Michael Nyman

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 19 Dec 1999

Composer

Sue Lawley's guest this week is Michael Nyman. Said to be the best-selling classical composer in Britain, as a child visiting the opera or concert hall his imagination would be caught by a particularly pleasing sequence of notes. Later, he was to use these as inspiration for his own compositions. A Purcell manuscript inspired his music for the The Draughtsman's Contract. Scottish folk songs the soundtrack to The Piano.

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

Choices

Okanawah

1.

Okanawah

Okanawah

Duane Eddy

2.

Duane Eddy

Because They're Young

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Henry Purcell

3.

Henry Purcell

What Power art thou? (Prelude while cold genius rises) (from King Arthur)

Soloist: Petteri Salomaa Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants Conductor: William Christie

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Bob Dylan

4.

Bob Dylan

Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

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Cornelius Cardew

5.

Cornelius Cardew

Paragraph 7 from The Great Learning

Orchestra: The Scratch Orchestra Conductor: Cornelius Cardew

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Madamina, il catalogo รจ questo (from Don Giovanni)

Soloist: Michele Pertusi Orchestra: London Philharmoni Orchestra Conductor: George Solti

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Silvestre Revueltas

7.

Silvestre Revueltas

Sensemaya

Soloist: Rince-Kay Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Eduardo Mata

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Gustav Mahler

8.

Castaway's favourite

Gustav Mahler

Der Abschied (from Das Lied von der Erde)

Soloist: Kathleen Ferrier Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Bruno Walter

Others who chose this artist

9.

10.

Book

Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

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Luxury item

A toilet

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