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David's Desert Island Discs

In the run up to the world premiere of The Tempest, we asked choreographer David Bintley and the dancers creating the lead roles in his magical new ballet what their Desert Island Discs would be if they were shipwrecked on Prospero's mystical isle. Here David Bintley shares his choices.

David.



My Desert Island Discs

Sibelius's 2nd Symphony. I heard this live at Symphony Hall played by the Helsinki Orchestra. It left me in tears.

Mahler's 3rd Symphony. The same as above, but with the CBSO and Rattle.

Janacek's Sinfonietta. Thrilling brass and percussion.

Elgar's Cello Concerto with Jacqueline Du Pré; performance of the Century.

Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto. Profoundly beautiful second movement that Bernstein ‘stole’ for the best song he ever wrote.

Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I think I’m a bit obsessed with this extraordinary musical evocation of Shakespeare’s play.

Wagner's Die Walküre. I love the whole Ring Cycle but thought it a bit cheeky to number it as one choice!

All wonderful pieces of music that have no personal stories attached to them, just works I constantly return to, with absolutely no intention of ever choreographing them!!

If I have to choose one, today it would be the Mahler.

My Luxury

My luxury? I don’t plan on staying long on the island, otherwise I’d choose a mobile phone with FaceTime mode, but for a short time, probably something practical, like alcohol, and not the rubbing variety!

My Favourite Book

With the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible I don’t need another book so could I substitute that for a photo album of my family?


Arts Council England (ACE) is celebrating its 70th birthday in 2016, marking the occasion with #70things: 70 arts and culture activities anyone can do. You can download the full list of activities here.

To share your Desert Island Discs list with ACE and with us, post on Twitter using the hashtags #70things and #BRBTempest