Howard Hodgkin on Desert Island Discs
Hodgkin's choice of music was the following:
1. Teresa Stratas singing Kurt Weill's "Youkali"
[In the interim Lawley asks Hodgkin if he listens to music while he paints. Hodgkin answers that he doesn't, though people sometimes hear him singing songs, such as Lara's song from Zchivago, when his paintings are going well.]
2. An aria form Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice", 'Ach ich habe sie verloren', sung by Corrin Bransel
3. Noel Coward singing his version of "Let's Do It" by Cole Parker
[Hodgkin tells Lawley that he picked this song because it has "something for everyone".]
4. "Haveli Sangeet", an evening raga sung by Amar Lal
[This song has great sentimental value, Hodgkin says. For him It recalls being on a terrace of the palace at Krishnigar when he first visited India with his friend Robert Skelton.]
5. The auction scene from "A Rake's Progress" by Stravinsky, sung by John Dobson with the London Symphonette Chorus, conducted by Ricardo Shai
6. Erik Satie's "Trois morceaux en forme de poire"
7. Stravinsky's "Italian suite for Cello and Piano", played by Torleif Thedeen and Roland Pontinen
[This Stravinsky piece also accompanies his ballet "Pulcinella" which Hodgkin did set designs for.]
8. The Andrews Sisters singing "Patience and Fortitude"
[Hodgkin tells Lawley that he would want this song played at his funeral. He also says that patience and fortitude are the two most necessary attributes for any artist.]
Book: Hodgkin tells Lawley he would take Delacroix's Journals in French. He says it is a long book, his French is not very good, and that it is full of intrigue regarding an art world of the past.
Luxury Item: Hodgkin asks for a permanent supply of fresh mayonnaise to accompany the abundant supply of fresh fish on his desert island.