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Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks

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First broadcast: Sun 01 Jul 2012

Architectural writer, critic

Kirsty Young's castaway is the architectural critic and writer Charles Jencks.

Born in America, for the past four decades he has lived and worked in Britain - where his designs are as likely to be found in sculptural landscapes as buildings. Perhaps his most significant legacy, though, is the work he did with his late wife, Maggie Keswick. They worked together to design Maggie's Centres - a series of practical and beautifully-designed buildings to give information and support to people with cancer.

He says: "When you have cancer, there's many things which you have to do aside from the struggle - it's not just a medical problem, it's a social problem - of how you tell the children, how you tell your boss - and above all, as Maggie said, it's not to lose the joy of living."

Choices

Carly Simon

1.

Carly Simon

You’re so vain

Performer: Carly Simon

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Quadra 3 – Fra gli amplessi in Porch istanti Fiordiligi

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Gardner Jencks

3.

Gardner Jencks

Sonata No 2 for piano, OP. 8 (1942) (Allegro non troppo)

Performer: Gardner Jencks

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

4.

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

The Great Gates of Kiev

Composer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

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Shakespeare

5.

Shakespeare

Ghost sequence from Hamlet

Performer: Shakespeare

Michael Gandolfi

6.

Michael Gandolfi

Soliton Waves

Performer: Michael Gandolfi

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Henry Purcell

7.

Henry Purcell

When I am laid in earth (Dido) Scene 2

Composer: Henry Purcell

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Igor Stravinsky

8.

Castaway's favourite

Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

Composer: Igor Stravinsky

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Book

The Act of Creation by Arthur Koestler

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Luxury item

3D printer

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