My Favorite Things 25 June 2012

Jun 20, 2012

Alan presents a rebroadcast of a special reconstruction of Noel Coward's appearance on the BBC's "Desert Island Discs" in 1963. This was first heard on the annual Noel Coward birthday special in 2007. Paul Whitworth plays Coward and Alan plays Roy Plomley, the series host.

Coward's playlist:


  1. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Third Movement – Sergei Rachmaninov, piano, with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra

  2. All the Way – Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle conducting the orchestra

  3. Coward: “Private Lives” (Act 1, love scene) – Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence

  4. Bellini: Norma, “Casta Diva” - Maria Callas with Tulio Serafin and La Scala Orchestra

  5. Shakespeare: “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?” - Dame Edith Evans

  6. The Critics - Peter Sellers and Irene Handl

  7. “A Hole in the Ground” – Bernard Cribbins

  8. Verdi: Requiem, “Dies Irae” (opening)- Victor de Sabata and La Scala Orchestra