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Sir Roger Norrington

Sue Lawley's castaway is conductor Sir Roger Norrington.

Sue Lawley's guest this week is the conductor Sir Roger Norrington. Known for conducting music at a cracking pace, he argues that it's the way the great composers would have played it. Music should be fun, he says, it should entertain - and never, ever, be pompous. He chooses eight records to take to the mythical island.

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

Favourite track: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: Complete Works by Thomas Hardy
Luxury: Chocolate

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 20 Aug 1999 09:00

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 5 in C minor - 1st movement

    Orchestra: London Classical Players

    • Symphonies No.4 & 5.
    • EMI.
  • John Dowland

    In Darkness Let Me Dwell

    Soloist: Peter Pears and Julian Bream

    • Elizabethan Lute Songs - Volume 1.
    • Decca.
  • Schutz

    Wie Lieblich Sind

    Orchestra: The Schutz Quartet & Choir Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington

    • Cantata Domino.
    • Argo.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major

      Orchestra: The Adolf Busch Chamber Players

      • The Adolf Busch Chamber Players.
      • EMI Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosa sento! (from The Marriage of Figaro)

    Soloist: Mirella Freni Orchestra: The BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

    • Le Nozze Di Figaro.
    • Philips.
  • Hector Berlioz

    March to the scaffold (from Symphonie fantastique)

    Orchestra: London Classical Players Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington

    • Symphonie Fantastique.
    • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No. 1 in A flat major - 3rd movement

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    • The Elgar Edition.
    • EMI.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Agnus Dei

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Conductor: Benjamin Britten

    • War Requiem.
    • Decca.
  • Book Choice

    • Complete Works - Thomas Hardy

  • Luxury Choice

    • Chocolate


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Sir Roger Norrington


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