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Helene Hanff

Roy Plomley's castaway is writer Helene Hanff.

Favourite track: In Tears Of Grief by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: Memoirs by Louis De Rouvroy
Luxury: Scrabble

40 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 1981 09:05

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Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach/Stokowski

    Toccata and Fugue In D Minor

    Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor: Leopold Stokowski

  • George Frideric Handel

    Comfort ye my people (from Messiah)

    Soloist: Philip Langridge Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Neville Marriner

  • Samuel Barber

    Knoxville: Summer of 1915

    Soloist: Leontyne Price Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Thomas Schippers

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Serenade To Music

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Adrian Boult

  • London Symphony Orchestra

    Coronation March

  • Stephen Sondheim

    The Miller's Son

    Soloist: D Jamin-Bartlett

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St Matthew Passion - Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder

      Choir: Bach Choir Orchestra: Thames Chamber Orchestra Conductor: David Willcocks

  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini

  • Book Choice

    • Memoirs - Louis De Rouvroy

  • Luxury Choice

    • Scrabble

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Roy Plomley
Interviewed Guest Helene Hanff

Broadcasts

  • Sat 19 Dec 1981 18:15
  • Christmas Day 1981 09:05

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