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Professor Raymond Tallis

Professor Raymond Tallis

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First broadcast: Sun 25 Mar 2007

Philosopher, Physician

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the physician, philosopher, novelist and poet Professor Raymond Tallis. His specialism is the care of elderly patients - it's an area that he combines with his philosophical interest in considering what it is that makes humans unique - all part, as he says, of 'unpacking the miracle of everyday life'.

He was one of five children brought up in modest circumstances in Liverpool. A bright child, he studied at Oxford and then St Thomas' Hospital although he acknowledges that his father was always disappointed that he had become a doctor - thinking it rather a shabby profession compared to his own preference for mathematics. Throughout much of his working life he rose before dawn in order to squeeze in time for his writing before he started his clinical work and in 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in recognition of his contribution to medical research.

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

Choices

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

1.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Kyrie (from Missa Papae Marcelli)

Choir: Pro Cantione Antiqua Conductor: Mark Brown

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Gabriel Fauré

2.

Gabriel Fauré

Berceuse (from Dolly Suite)

Soloist: Katia and Mariella Labeque

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Johann Sebastian Bach

4.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for Solo Cello No. 6 in D major - 1st movement

Soloist: Paul Tortelier

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Ludwig van Beethoven

5.

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59/1 'Rasumovsky' - 1st movement

Orchestra: The Hungarian Quartet

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Franz Peter Schubert

6.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Peter Schubert

String Quintet in C major - 1st movement

Soloist: Mstislav Rostropovich Orchestra: Melos Quartet

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

7.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Marriage of Figaro Act 2 Finale

Soloist: Lucia Popp, Samuel Ramey Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Georg Solti

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Mikis Theodorakis

8.

Mikis Theodorakis

Echo mia agape (I have a love)

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Book

Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

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Luxury item

A video of a day in the life of his family

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Occupations

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