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Sir Anthony Caro

Sue Lawley's castaway is sculptor Sir Anthony Caro.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Sir Anthony Caro. Universally regarded as the 'grand old man of British sculpture', in the 1950s he had learnt from his mentor Henry Moore that artistic rules were there to be broken. So he yanked sculpture off it's pedestal and set it on the floor. And he rejected the traditional materials of bronze, marble and wood for girders, nuts and bolts. In fact as he confesses to Sue Lawley, nothing is safe from his magpie eye: parts of ships, cars, even kitchen equipment have all been incorporated into his work.

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

Favourite track: String Quartet in C by Franz Schubert
Book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Luxury: Glue

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45 minutes

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Fri 21 Apr 2000 09:00

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto

    • Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 21.
    • RCA.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 4 in E minor - 4th movement

    • Brahms: Symphony No. 4.
    • Decca.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59/1 'Rasumovsky'

    • Beethoven: String Quartets Nos.6 & 7.
    • Valois.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    From the sunny Spanish shore (from The Gondoliers)

    Librettist: William Gilbert.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in F major, Op. 77/2

    • String Quartets Op. 71, 74, 77 and 103.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • George Frideric Handel

    The trumpet shall sound (from Messiah)

    • Handel: Messiah.
    • EMI.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Anything Goes

    • Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook.
    • Verve.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quartet in C major

      • Schubert: String Quartet.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

  • Luxury Choice

    • Glue


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Anthony Caro


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