iPlayer Radio What's New?

Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 13 Oct 1996

Novelist

Always an outsider, she seems to have gone against all the mores of her time; from opening a dancing school in Calcutta to living alone with her children in Kashmir. On Desert Island Discs this week, the writer Rumer Godden describes how her rich life in India (under the Raj) and in Britain has influenced her novels.

She says she can't remember a time when she didn't write. Now in her late 80s, and after publishing more than 50 books, including Black Narcissus and The River, she's just added another to her list.

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

Choices

Robert Schumann

2.

Castaway's favourite

Robert Schumann

Träumerei (from Scenes from Childhood)

Soloist: Vladimir Horowitz

Others who chose this artist

Ariel Ramírez

4.

Ariel Ramírez

Misa Criolla

Orchestra: Los Frontierizos Choir: The Choir Of The Bassilica

Others who chose this artist

Hector Berlioz

5.

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique

Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Porgi, amor (from The Marriage of Figaro)

Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus

Others who chose this artist

Frédéric Chopin

7.

Frédéric Chopin

Les Sylphides

Orchestra: The Ballet Theatre Orchestra Conductor: Joseph Levine

Others who chose this artist

Franz Liszt

8.

Franz Liszt

Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

Soloist: Claudio Arrau

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Atlantic book of British and American Poetry by Edith Sitwell

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A widow's cruse filled with whisky

Others who chose a similar luxury

This programme is not currently available to listen. Why?

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 08 Nov 1975

Children's writer

Roy Plomley's castaway is writer Rumer Godden.

Choices

Robert Schumann

1.

Robert Schumann

Warum? (from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12)

Soloist: Artur Rubinstein

Others who chose this artist

Bengali Folk Song

2.

Bengali Folk Song

Sangdans Under Saharay Festern

Camille Saint-Saëns

3.

Camille Saint-Saëns

The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)

Soloist: Reginald Kilbey, Jack Byfield

Others who chose this artist

Maurice Ravel

4.

Maurice Ravel

Gaspard de la nuit

Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Others who chose this artist

César Franck

5.

César Franck

Panis Angelicus

Soloist: Beniamino Gigli Orchestra: Berlin State Opera Orchestra Conductor: Bruno Seidler-Winkler

Others who chose this artist

Max Bruch

6.

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Soloist: Jascha Heifetz Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Malcolm Sargent

Others who chose this artist

Giacomo Puccini

7.

Giacomo Puccini

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Soloist: Maria Callas Orchestra: Orchestra Of La Scala, Milan Conductor: Victor de Sabata

Others who chose this artist

Franz Liszt

8.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Liszt

Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

Soloist: Claudio Arrau

Others who chose this artist

Book

Another World Than This by Vita Sackville-West

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Four-poster bed

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

Contact us

This site contains archive material. To comment or bring something to our attention, please get in touch.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.