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David Attenborough

Sue Lawley's castaway is naturalist David Attenborough.

Sue Lawley's castaway this morning is Sir David Attenborough. He brought the blue-footed booby into our sitting rooms, and revealed the secret lives of plants. But we remember him best caught in the embrace of a female gorilla.

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

Favourite track: Adagio from String Quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert
Book: Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life by W B Lord
Luxury: Guitar

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45 minutes

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Sun 27 Dec 1998 11:15

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan tutte)

    Soloist: Monserrat Caballe, Janet Baker and Richard Van Allan Orchestra: The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

    • Cosi fan Tutte.
    • Philips.
  • George Frideric Handel

    And the glory of the Lord (from Messiah)

    Performer: Academy and Chorus of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner

    • Messiah.
    • Philips.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor

    Soloist: Kenneth Gilbert

    • Chromatic Fantasia & Fuge.
    • Archiv.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Malletoba Spank

    • Jazz Party.
    • CBS.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Zefiro torna (from Scherzi musicali)

    Artist: Nigel Rogers and Ian Partridge

    • Madrigals and Sacred Concertos.
    • Archiv.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quintet in C major - 2nd movement

      Soloist: Mstislav Rostropovich Orchestra: Emerson String Quartet

      • Streichquintett.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • William Walton

    Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor - 2nd movement

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

    • Symphony No. 1.
    • Telarc.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (from Rückert-Lieder)

    Soloist: Dame Janet Baker Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

    • Kindertotenlieder. Ruckert Lieder.
    • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • Shifts and Expedients of Camp Life - W B Lord

  • Luxury Choice

    • Guitar


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest David Attenborough


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