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Jan Pienkowski

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 October 2009

Kirsty Young's castaway is the illustrator Jan Pienkowski. He was born in Warsaw before the Second World War and lived through the uprising of 1944. He spent his childhood in Poland, Bavaria, Vienna and Italy, before making his home in England more than 60 years ago. The folk traditions of central Europe are still much in evidence in his work though; twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, his illustrations see childhood terrors realised in gothic scenes, with witches a constant presence.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
Book: Audiobook of Martin Jarvis reading Just William by Richmal Crompton
Luxury: Large supply of moleskin sketch books.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Eleanor Rigby

    Revolver, Apple

  • Panstwowy Ludowy Zespól Piesni i Tanca Mazowsze Warsaw Polonaise

    Przeboje Socjalizmu: Hej Chlopcy Do Roboty!, Anex

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate (from Aida)

    Soloist: Brigit Nilsson & Mario Sereni Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Conductor: Zubin Mehta

    Aida, EMI

  • Derek McCulloch Oranges and Lemons

    Artist: Children’s Chorus & Orchestra

    Uncle Mac’s Party Games for Children, HMV

  • Image for Lata Mangeshkar

    Lata Mangeshkar Gore Gore O Banke Chhore

    Bollywood Bizarro, MSI/Super

  • Image for Gabriel Fauré

    Gabriel Fauré Après un rêve, Op. 7/1

    Soloist: Pablo Casals

    Casals: The Victor Recordings (1926-1928), Biddulph

  • Image for Vincent Scotto

    Vincent Scotto Sous Les Ponts de Paris

    Soloist: Tino Rossi

    Tino Rossi, Columbia

  • The Monks of Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight Nunc Dimittis

    Gregorian Chant: Sunday Vespers, Benediction & Compline, Herald

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