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Edward Downes

Roy Plomley's castaway is conductor Edward Downes.

Favourite track: Bailero by Mardeleine Grey
Book: Encyclopaedia
Luxury: Chinese language course

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10 minutes

Last on

Mon 17 Feb 1969 12:25

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Summertime (from Porgy & Bess)

    Soloist: Leontyne Price Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra

  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 7 in E major

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Georg Solti

  • Alexander Borodin

    Symphony No. 2 in B minor

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Rafael Kubelik

  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Khovanshchina Prelude

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra Conductor: George Szell

  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer

    Orchestra: New Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Pierre Boulez

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Madeleine Grey

      Bailero

  • William Butler Yeats

    The Lake Isle of Innisfree

  • Tristan und Isolde Act 3

    Soloist: Ludwig Suthaus Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

  • Book Choice

    • Encyclopaedia

  • Luxury Choice

    • Chinese language course

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Roy Plomley
Interviewed Guest Sir Edward Downes

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