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Sir Martin Rees

Sir Martin Rees

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First broadcast: Sun 04 May 1997

Astronomer Royal

Sue Lawley's castaway on this week's Desert Island Discs is Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees. As well as choosing his eight records, book and luxury, Sir Martin will be discussing his work in cosmic evolution, or, to put it more simply, how the Earth and Solar System were formed. He tells of his belief that it is more difficult to understand a frog than the cosmos.

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

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 8 In E minor, Op. 59/2 'Rasumovsky'

Orchestra: The Medici String Quartet

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Edward Elgar

2.

Edward Elgar

Sea Pictures - Sabbath morning at sea

Soloist: Janet Baker Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

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Frédéric Chopin

3.

Frédéric Chopin

Polonaise in A major, Op. 40/1 'Military'

Soloist: Artur Rubinstein

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Gabriel Fauré

4.

Castaway's favourite

Gabriel Fauré

In Paradisum (from Requiem), Op 48

Choir: King's College Choir

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Richard Wagner

5.

Richard Wagner

Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde (from Götterdämmerung)

Soloist: Bernd Aldenhoff Orchestra: The Bavarian State Orchestra Soloist: Birgit Nilsson

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The Mongolian Chanters

6.

The Mongolian Chanters

My Beautiful Hangai Land - A Mongolian Chant

Johannes Brahms

7.

Johannes Brahms

Symphony No 1 Alt - Rhapsodie Op 53

Choir: The Arnold Schoenberg Choir Soloist: Anne Sofie Von Otter

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Richard Strauss

8.

Richard Strauss

Metamorphosen

Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

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Book

Collective Cartoons by Gary Larson

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Luxury item

A Jefferson reclining chair

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