Desert Island Discs (6) – The Book

The Encyclopædia Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still in print. Most people dip into it. On my desert island, I shall have the luxury of reading it from cover to cover. Continue reading Desert Island Discs (6) – The Book

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Desert Island Discs (5) – Bruckner and Nilsson

Without a doubt the most beautiful symphony ever penned is Anton Bruckner’s Seventh. It takes its rightful place alongside the composer’s other great works, in the same way that Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait (1658) is one of the best among his other masterpieces. Continue reading Desert Island Discs (5) – Bruckner and Nilsson

Desert Island Discs (2) – Beethoven and Schubert

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, known as the “Hammerklavier”, is widely considered to be one of the most important works of the piano repertoire. Continue reading Desert Island Discs (2) – Beethoven and Schubert

Desert Island Discs (1) – Holiday listening

Recently, the uninhabited island of Taransay in the Outer Hebrides came up for sale complete with ancient ruins, spectacular white beaches, otters and seals. Unable to come up with the £2.2 million needed to buy it, I wondered how I might have passed my time in between sweeping sand off the front-porch. Continue reading Desert Island Discs (1) – Holiday listening