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Barry Humphries

Kirsty Young's castaway is the comedian and performer Barry Humphries.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the comedian and performer Barry Humphries. For decades he has enjoyed global fame with his grotesque comic creations, the Melbourne housewife Dame Edna Everage and the drunken cultural attache Sir Les Patterson. Off stage, though, his life has been spent immersed in literature, music and the arts, and he says that his time spent on the desert island would allow him to devote himself to painting.

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

Favourite track: Songs of Sunset: They are not long, the weeping & the laughter by Frederick Delius
Book: The Melbourne Street Directory
Luxury: My paints.

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45 minutes

Music Played

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  • Richard Strauss

    Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

    Soloist: Anne Sofie Von Otter & Barbara Hendricks

    • Der Rosenkavalier.
    • EMI.
  • Fred Astaire

    Things are Looking up

    • Crazy for Gershwin.
    • Memoir.
  • Josef Suk

    Love Song

    Soloist: Ruggiero Ricci & Noriko Shiozaki

    • Hidden Treasures.
    • Dynamic.
  • Randolph Sutton

    On Mother Kelly's Doorstep

    • On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep.
    • Ace of Clubs.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Leiermann (The Organgrinder)( from Winterreise)

    Soloist: Peter Anders with Michael Raucheisen

    • 1945 Schubert: Winterreise.
    • DG.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Flute Sonata - 2nd movement

    Soloist: Patrick Gallois

    • French Flute Music.
    • Naxos.
  • Mischa Spoliansky

    Auf Wiedersehen

    Artist: Felix Joachimson

    • So Rare 3 Barry Humphries from the Bill Armstrong Collection..
    • Bilarm.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Frederick Delius

      They are not long, the weeping and the laughter (from Songs of Sunset)

      Soloist: Nancy Evans, Redvers Llewellyn Choir: BBC Chorus Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham

      • Beecham collection: Delius.
      • Somm-Beecham.
  • Book Choice

    • The Melbourne Street Directory

  • Luxury Choice

    • My paints

Credits

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Barry Humphries

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