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John Ogdon

Sue Lawley's castaway is pianist John Ogdon.

This week's Desert Island Discs will be a form of tribute to the pianist John Ogdon, who died last month.

In the programme, you can hear about his early musical life and his enormous success on the international music scene - a success which was cut short by a devastating nervous breakdown which brought his career to a halt. During his conversation with Sue Lawley, he talked about that illness, his eventual recovery and subsequent return to the concert platform and recording studios.

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

Favourite track: Symphony No 1 in B Minor 1st Movement by William Walton
Book: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Luxury: Steinway piano

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 29 Sep 1989 09:05

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes - Dawn

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra/ Andre Previn

    • Britten.
    • EMI.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Concerto No 4

    Soloist: Arturo Beneditti Michelangeli Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra

    • Rachmaninov: Piano Cto No. 4.
    • EMI.
  • Claude Debussy

    L'Isle Joyeuse

    Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

    • Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • William Walton

      Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor - 1st movement

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

      • Wasps Overture.
      • RCA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Piano Sonata in B minor

    Soloist: Vladimir Horowitz

    • Piano Works by Liszt.
    • RCA.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov


    Soloist: Brenda Lucas & John Ogdon

    • Rachmaninov Suites.
    • ASV.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor

    Soloist: Daniel Barenboim Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra

    • Mozart Piano Ct..
    • EMI.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer

    Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

    • Debussy: La Mer.
    • PRT.
  • Book Choice

    • The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

  • Luxury Choice

    • Steinway piano


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest John Ogdon


  • Sun 24 Sep 1989 12:15
  • Fri 29 Sep 1989 09:05

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