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Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Sue Lawley's castaway is composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the internationally-acclaimed composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his childhood in Lancashire, the solitude he craves when he writes his music and how he copes with the difficulties audiences encounter with some of his compositions.

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

Favourite track: Sherry by Frankie Valli
Book: A Latin Primer
Luxury: Chainsaw

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 21 Jan 1994 09:05

Music Played

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  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 8 in B minor 'Unfinished'

    • Schubert - 8 Symphonies.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Quintet in A major

    • Clarinet Quintets.
    • Amon.
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Gruppen For 3 Orchestras

    • Stockhousen.
  • Robert Fayrfax

    Aeternae Laudis Lilium

    • Missa Albanus.
    • Hyperion.
  • Blossom Dearie

    Love Is Here To Stay

    • The Special Magic Of Blossom Dearie.
    • Verve.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphonies of Wind Instruments

    • Pierre Boulez Dirige Stravinsky.
    • Disques Montaigne.
  • Castaway's Favourite

  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried's Funeral March (from Götterdämmerung)

    • Gotterdammerung.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • A Latin Primer

  • Luxury Choice

    • Chainsaw


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Harrison Birtwistle


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