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Al Alvarez

Al Alvarez

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First broadcast: Sun 19 Mar 2000

Poet, Critic

Sue Lawley's guest this week is Al Alvarez. In the late 1950s, as the influential poetry critic of the Observer, he favoured a style of writing which reflected the disarray of the times, in the aftermath of the Second World War and the shadow of the nuclear bomb. He befriended and championed poets such as Robert Lowell, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Later he wrote The Savage God, a study of suicide in which he recalled her death and described his own attempt.

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

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Orchestra: Hungarian Quartet

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Franz Schubert

2.

Franz Schubert

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Soloist: Alfred Brendel

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George Frideric Handel

3.

George Frideric Handel

Or let merry bells (from L'allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato)

Soloist: Michael Ginn Choir: Monteverdi Choir Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

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Dr. Hook

4.

Dr. Hook

Cover of the Rolling Stone

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sull'aria (from The Marriage of Figaro)

Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Irmgard Seefried Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

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Cristóbal de Morales

6.

Cristóbal de Morales

Parce Mihi Domine (from Officium Defunctorum)

Orchestra: Hilliard Ensemble Conductor: Jan Garbarek

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Zero Mostel

7.

Zero Mostel

I Was An Incubator Baby

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Book

Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

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Luxury item

Laptop computer with poker game software

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Occupations

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