When I heard that this gentleman was to be the subject of 'Desert Island Discs' this week I therefore wanted to make sure I heard it, because it is often quite revealing of the personality behind the name; the new presenter, Kirsty Young, an excellent journalist still finding her feet in my view (although with a much 'sexier' voice than her predecessor, Sue Lawley, a very skilled interviewer indeed) and this is the first of the three or so programmes she has done so far that I felt was essential listening.
Now, on to the real purpose of this post. The 8 pieces of music (in one case it was a speech) he chose were:
'Desert Island Discs' - Robert Fisk
- 1 Dies Irae (Requiem) / Benjamin Britten
- 2 Adagio for Strings / Samuel Barber
- 3 This was the Finest Hour (speech) / Winston Churchill, June 1940
- 4 Mellow Yellow / Donovan
- 5 Canon in D Major (opening) / Pachelbel
- 6 The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm XXIII) / Irvine
- 7 Beirut Hal Zarafat / Fairuz
- 8 Hatikva – the national anthem of Israel / Naftali Herz Imber & Samuel Cohen
(various versions of 8 available for download here
Record (favourite) - number 2
Book - Thomas Mallory's Le Mort D'Arthur
Luxury - A violin (his own, restored)
- to see the accompanying article about Robert Fisk click here, whilst for full details of all his choices click here.
Personally I found all this choices (except the book, which I don't know) to be first rate, although some of the accompanying comments less so. Whatever one thinks of his politics and his journalism, though, I think this programme showed him to be a very substantial personality, although he himself seems to feel his life may have been wasted because of some of the choices he has made - that judgement by him strikes me as rather sad.