Brian Sewell

Sue Lawley's castaway is art critic Brian Sewell.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the controversial art critic Brian Sewell. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how he did not go to school until he was 11, hated it when he got there, but managed, much against the wishes of the school, to teach himself history of art. He'll also be describing how he felt when his friend and mentor, Sir Anthony Blunt, the Keeper of the Queen's Pictures, was denounced as a spy in 1979. Sewell was thrust into the public eye as Blunt's protector. He's been there ever since - attacking what he regards as the excesses of contemporary art, and attracting much criticism himself as a result of his attitudes.

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

Favourite track: Fidelio Aria - 'Komm Hoffnung' by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: Songs from the 1880s with piano accompaniment by Franz Schubert
Luxury: Pieta sculpture by Michelangelo

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 24 Jun 1994 09:05

Music Played

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  • Max Bruch

    Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor - 1st movement

    Soloist: Zino Francescatti Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Conductor: Thomas Schippers

    • The Great Violin Concertos - Volume 2.
    • Duet 2.
  • Richard Strauss

    Frühling (from Four Last Songs)

    Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Conductor: Otto Ackermann Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings Richard Strauss.
    • HMV.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Porgi, amor (from The Marriage of Figaro)

    Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Riccardo Muti Soloist: Margaret Price

    • Mozart: Opera Arias And Duets.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Komm, Hoffnung (from Fidelio)

      Soloist: Christa Ludwig Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Otto Klemperer

      • Beethoven: Fedelio - Ludwig/Vickers/Frick/Berry.
      • EMI.
  • Gaspare Spontini

    La Vestale Aria - 'Tu Che Invoco'

    Soloist: Serafin, Maria Callas Orchestra: Orchestra Of La Scala, Milan

    • L'Art De Maria Callas.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Strauss

    Marie Theres'! Hab' mir's gelobt (Act 3 Trio) (from Der Rosenkavalier)

    Soloist: Lucia Popp / Christa Ludwig / Gwyneth Jones Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonica Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

    • Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier.
    • CBS Masterworks.
  • Richard Wagner

    Liebestod (from Tristan und Isolde)

    Soloist: Kirsten Flagstad Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

    • Wagner: Tristan und Isolde.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Auflösung, D807

    Soloist: Ian Partridge, Jennifer Partridge

    • Schubert's Lieder.
    • Enigma.
  • Book Choice

    • Songs from the 1880s with piano accompaniment - Franz Schubert

  • Luxury Choice

    • Pieta sculpture by Michelangelo


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Brian Sewell


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