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Zubin Mehta

Roy Plomley's castaway is conductor Zubin Mehta.

Zubin Mehta is the Musical Director of the New York and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestras.

In conversation with Roy Plomley, he talks about his upbringing in India, where his father ran the Bombay Symphony Orchestra, his studies at the Vienna Academy which eventually led to him becoming conductor of the Montreal and Los Angeles orchestras, and he chooses the eight records he would take to the mythical island.

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

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40 minutes

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Fri 6 Jul 1984 09:05

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  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Mass In B Minor

      Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra and Choir Conductor: Karl Richter

  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 8 in C minor

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

  • Richard Strauss

    Symphonia Domestica

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta

  • Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

    Soloist: Jacqueline Du Pre, Daniel Barenboim

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major

    Soloist: Perlman, Zukerman Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta

  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

    Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta

  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, Op. 3/10

    Soloist: Isaac Stern, Ivry Gitlis Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta

  • Book Choice

    • The Gathas - Zarathustra

  • Luxury Choice

    • Van Eyck's Triptych from Ghent Cathedral


Role Contributor
Presenter Roy Plomley
Interviewed Guest Zubin Mehta


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