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Favourite track: String Quintet in C by Franz SchubertBook: Oxford English DictionaryLuxury: Playing cards
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Donna Diana (Overture)
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
Soloist: Dinu Lipatti
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica'
Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
I love but thee (Jeg elsker dig), Op. 5/3
Soloist: Kirsten Flagstad, Edwin Mcarthur
Cello Concerto in E minor
Soloist: Jacqueline du Pre
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: John Barbirolli
Après un rêve, Op. 7/1
Soloist: Maggie Teyte, George Reeves
String Quintet in C major
Soloist: William Pleeth
Orchestra: Amadeus String Quartet
Academic Festival Overture
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Adrian Boult
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