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Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind

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First broadcast: Sun 29 Jun 2003

Engineer, Architect

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the architect Daniel Libeskind. Daniel Libeskind's parents were Polish Jews. Daniel himself was a prodigiously talented musician, but the family couldn't afford the attention a piano would draw to them and so he learned the accordion. In Israel he won a prestigious music scholarship - Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlmen were other recipients - and the family moved to New York. In his teens Libeskind dropped music suddenly and completely and turned to architecture:

In 1989 he won the commission to build a Jewish Museum in Berlin and it opened in 2001 amid much controversy. Closer to home he has designed and built the Imperial War Museum North at Trafford, Manchester - its design based on a shattered globe to reflect the themes of conflict. One of his most controversial designs in this country is the proposed V&A extension known as The Spiral. It has been variously described as 'a public lavatory', 'a pile of boxes' and 'quartz crystals'. His most recent commission and his biggest project to date is the complex to be built at the site of the destroyed twin towers in New York.

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

Choices

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem in D minor - Introitus

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Ludwig van Beethoven

2.

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

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Atrium Musicæ de Madrid

3.

Atrium Musicæ de Madrid

Fragments of Ancient Greek Music

Performer: Atrium Musicæ de Madrid

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Giacinto Scelsi

4.

Giacinto Scelsi

Pfhat

Performer: Giacinto Scelsi

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Alan Marks

5.

Alan Marks

Vexations

Performer: Alan Marks

Kurt Schwitters

6.

Kurt Schwitters

Vierter Teil

Performer: Kurt Schwitters

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Ornette Coleman

7.

Ornette Coleman

Free Jazz

Performer: Ornette Coleman

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Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg Variations - Aria

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

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Book

The Prisons (Le Carceri): The Complete First and Second States by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Luxury item

Pencil and paper

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