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Sir Roger Penrose

Sue Lawley's castaway is mathematician Sir Roger Penrose.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the mathematician Sir Roger Penrose. His prize-winning work with Stephen Hawking on the nature of black holes brought his name to public attention in the 1960s. Since then he has made a controversial contribution to the debate over human consciousness and whether or not computers will ever be able to mimic the workings of the human mind.

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

Favourite track: Crucifixion from B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: The fattest book by Michael Frayne
Luxury: 19-note piano

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45 minutes

Music Played

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  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Mass in B Minor - Crucifixus

      Orchestra: Taverner Consort and Players

      • Bach: Mass in B Minor.
      • Virgin Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major - 2nd movement

    Soloist: Alfred Brendel Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields

    • Piano Concertos Nos 21 & 26.
    • Philips.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Dance of the Knights (from Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra

    • Romeo and Juliet.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia in C minor

    Soloist: Rosalyn Tureck

    • Great Solo Works.
    • Video Artists International.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quintet in C major

    Orchestra: Emerson String Quartet

    • String Quintet in C Major.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No. 101: Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott

    Soloist: Tolzer Knabenchor Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien Conductor: Nikolau Harnoncourt

    • Bach: Cantatas. Vol 6 BMV 100-117.
    • Teldbc.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

    Orchestra: Alaban Berg Quartet

    • The Late String Quartets.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for Two Violins in D minor

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music

    • Bach: Ctos BMV 1060.1062 & 1043.
    • Oiseau Lyre.
  • Book Choice

    • The fattest book - Michael Frayne

  • Luxury Choice

    • 19-note piano


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Roger Penrose


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