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John Barry

Sue Lawley's castaway is composer John Barry.

Sue Lawley's guest this week is the film composer John Barry. The Pope is said to adore his soundtrack to Dances with Wolves. Although he's probably best known for the theme tunes he wrote for the Bond movies; including Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever. In all, he's won five Oscars - not bad for a Yorkshire lad who happened to hit London just as it began to swing.

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

Favourite track: Symphony No.9 - Adagio by Gustav Mahler
Book: Eternal Echoes by John O'Donohue
Luxury: Grand piano

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 18 Jun 1999 09:00

Music Played

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  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Orchestra

    • Le Sacre du Printemps - Apollo.
    • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 5 in C minor - 1st movement

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic

    • Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Serenade in E Major, Op. 22 - 1st movement

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

    • Tschaikowsky: Dvorak: Streicherenaden.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Gustav Mahler

      Symphony No. 9 in D major - 4th movement

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic

      • Symphony No. 9.
      • EMI.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 5 in D minor

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic

    • Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9.
    • CBS.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 8 in C minor - 1st movement

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic

    • Bruckner: Symphony No.8.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    • Symphonies No.3 & 5.
    • RCA.
  • Sergei Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor -1st movement

    Soloist: Sviatoslav Richter

    • Great Concertos: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • Eternal Echoes - John O'Donohue

  • Luxury Choice

    • Grand piano


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest John Barry


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