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Harold Fielding

Sue Lawley's castaway is impresario Harold Fielding.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is theatrical impresario Harold Fielding. The name behind a dazzling array of hit musicals like Half A Sixpence, Charlie Girl, Sweet Charity and Barnum, his failures have been nearly as spectacular as his successes - his production of Ziegfeld crashed two years ago, making a loss of more than two million pounds, and this year his new musical with Petula Clark had to close early. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the highs and lows of show business life and about the stars he has looked after, such as Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich and Ginger Rogers, to name but a few.

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

Favourite track: Piano Concerto in A Minor - Opening by Robert Schumann
Book: Great Murder Trials of 20th Century by Sir David Napley
Luxury: Large bag of sugar

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40 minutes

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Fri 22 Jun 1990 09:05

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano Concerto in A minor - 1st movement

      Soloist: Solomon Orchestra: The Philharmonia And New Philharmonia Orchestra

      • The Great Concertos.
      • HMV.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E major - 3rd movement

    Soloist: Josef Szigeti

    • Bach/ Sonatas/ Partitas For Solo Violin.
    • Vanguard.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Il mio tesoro (from Don Giovanni)

    Soloist: Richard Tauber Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonia Orchestra

    • Stars Of The Vienna Opera.
    • HMV.
  • Juliet Prowse

    If My Friends Could See Me Now

    • Sweet Charity/ Original London Cast.
    • CBS.
  • Tommy Steele

    She's Too Far Above Me

    • Half A Sixpence/ Original Cast.
    • Decca.
  • Michael Crawford

    There Is A Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute (Barnum)

    • Barnum/ Original Cast.
    • AIR.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto in B Minor

    Soloist: Albert Sammons Orchestra: The New Queen's Orchestra

    • Elgar Violin Concerto/ Sammons.
    • HMV.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Blue Danube Waltz

    Soloist: Sari Barabas, Diane Todd Orchestra: The Ensemble Of The Great Waltz Company

    • The Great Waltz/ Original Soundtrack.
    • Columbia.
  • Book Choice

    • Great Murder Trials of 20th Century - Sir David Napley

  • Luxury Choice

    • Large bag of sugar


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Harold Fielding


  • Sun 17 Jun 1990 12:15
  • Fri 22 Jun 1990 09:05

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