20 Wagner Related Desert Island Discs.

Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 | 2:57:00 am


Chosen either because of their direct connection to Wagner  or because they somehow interest us and included Wagner in their Desert Island Discs.  In all cases, the full show is available with the music included. Average running time, 45 minutes.  Clicking any of the links or the play icon will start that show. For our readers that subscribe via RSS or email, the links may or may not work. If they do not, visiting the site here directly should resolve the matter.  Enjoy.

The BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs was first broadcast on 29 January 1942 and continues to broadcast. It invites "castaways" to choose eight pieces of music, a book (in addition to the Bible - or a religious text appropriate to that person's beliefs - and the Complete Works of Shakespeare) and a luxury item that they would take to an imaginary desert island, where they will be marooned indefinitely. The rules state that the chosen luxury item must not be anything animate or indeed anything that enables the castaway to escape from the island, for instance a radio set, sailing yacht or aeroplane.

Colin Dexter. Feb 1998

Linda Esther Gray. 1983

Norman Bailey. October 1976

Joanna Lumley. May 2007

Sir Charles Mackerras. March 1999

Sir Clifford Curzon. June 1978

Claudio Abbado Feb 1980.

Reginald Goodall. Jan 1980

Colin Wilson. Oct 1978

Robert Tear.. May 1980 (28 minute clip only)

Kiri Te Kanawa. march 1980

Renata Scotto. Aug 1980

John Tomlinson. Jan 1988

Christopher Lee. 1995

Klaus Tennstedt. 1991

Stephen Fry 1988

Rosalind Plowright, May 1984

Gwyneth Jones.. Jan 1983

Sir Thomas Allen.. June 2001

Claudio Abbado. Feb 1980


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