Audio Focus15 September 2017
Musical and literary preferences reveal much about a person. That’s why the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs has been a crowdpuller for more than 75 years. Every week, a celebrity imagines being a castaway stranded on a desert island. Which eight albums, book and luxury item would he or she like to bring – and why?
English singer Alison Moyet, one half of the 1980s duo Yazoo, would opt for the Buena Vista Social Club, and a bath. Pop star Ed Sheeran needs a lifetime supply of ketchup, and likes Eric Clapton, who once inspired him to pick up the guitar.
Classical musicians are also present, such as Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who, along with two feathered pillows, would take the “Analects of Confucius” and recordings of Liszt, Chopin and Michael Jackson. Nicola Benedetti, the young violinist from Scotland, could not do without her instrument and some pieces of sheet music.
Sir Ian McKellen, famous for his role as Gandalf in „The Lord of the Rings“, loves Lena Horne, Nina Simone and ABBA, and would stave off boredom with a grand piano. Who’d have thought it?