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Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Sue Lawley's castaway is sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is one of the great European artists of today - Eduardo Paolozzi. One of his positions is Her Majesty's Sculptor In-ordinary for Scotland - a post rather like the Poet Laureate for Sculpture, but with no duties attached to it. But such eminence in the artistic world is in stark contrast to Sir Eduardo's humble beginnings as the son of Italian immigrants who had an ice-cream shop in Edinburgh. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his boyhood, when he was sent to Fascist youth camps in Italy for three months at a time, and the subsequent imprisonment and vilification which fell upon him and his family at the outbreak of war in 1940. He'll also be contemplating his years at the Slade and his flight to the artistic freedom of the Paris of Giacometti, Leger and Picasso.

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

Favourite track: L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges by Maurice Ravel
Book: A tropical plant book in Italian with English gloss
Luxury: Hurdy gurdy

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40 minutes

Music Played

  • Lennie Niehaus

    Have You Met Miss Jones?

    • The Octet.
  • Django Reinhardt

    Sweet Georgia Brown

    • The Genius of Django.
    • World Records.
  • Rita Williams Singers

    And When They Ask Us (They Didn't Believe Me)

    • Oh What A Lovely War.
    • Paramount.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

    • Serenade: Winter Works.
    • Decca.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    • Petrushka.
    • EMI.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor

    • Concert Champetre, Concerto for 2 Pianos & Orchestra.
    • HMV.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Maurice Ravel

      L'enfant et les sortilèges

      • L'Enfant et les Sortileges.
      • Decca.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Magic Flute

    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • A tropical plant book in Latin with English gloss

  • Luxury Choice

    • Hurdy gurdy


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Sir Eduardo Paolozzi


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