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Joanna Lumley

Michael Parkinson's castaway is actress Joanna Lumley.

"The music of Rossini came into my life very early", says actress Joanna Lumley, "I loved him because his music is so happy". In conversation with Michael Parkinson, she recalls her upbringing in the Far East, a convent education and her subsequent theatrical career. She also chooses the other music to accompany Rossini on her sojourn to the desert island.

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

Favourite track: Eroica (First Movement) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
Luxury: Specially-commissioned John Ward painting of family & friends

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Fri 18 Sep 1987 09:05

Music Played

  • Paul Robeson

    Mary Had A Baby, Yes Lord

  • Gioachino Rossini

    Semiramide

    Soloist: Toscanini

  • Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72

    Soloist: Tamas Vasary

  • Eddie Calvert

    Midnight

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 39 in E flat major

  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Lucia di Lammermoor

    Soloist: Maria Callas

  • Max Bruch

    Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica' - 1st movement

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

  • Book Choice

    • A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell

  • Luxury Choice

    • Specially-commissioned John Ward painting of family & friends

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Presenter Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest Joanna Lumley

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