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Kirsty Young's castaway is conductor Simon Rattle.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Sir Simon Rattle. For the past five years he has been Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic - regarded by many as the finest symphony orchestra in the world. He is only the sixth person to hold the position in 120 years and is the first Briton to take on the challenge.

Growing up in Liverpool in the 1960s, while other youngsters were listening to The Beatles, he was transfixed by Mahler and was determined to become a conductor. His talent was prodigious. He won an international conducting competition aged just 19 and so, with plenty of enthusiasm but scant experience, began his career. Initially because of his youth, his approach was collaborative rather than autocratic and it has been a style that brought tremendous results during his 18-year association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He insists that his approach with the Berlin Philharmonic is about teamwork too - but concedes that it is an orchestra that contains some very strong characters and very big egos.

He tells Kirsty how, choosing his Desert Island Discs, he has been drawn towards music that expressed joy and pain in equal measure.

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

Favourite track: Scherza Infida from Ariodante by George Frideric Handel

Book: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Luxury: Italian coffee machine and grinder.

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Sir Simon Rattle

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Kate Atkinson; Outnumbered; August Osage County

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Mark Lawson meets Kate Atkinson, winner of the novel category in the Costa Book Awards.

Mark Lawson with Kate Atkinson, winner of the novel category in the Costa Book Awards; Hugh Dennis and Tyger Drew-Honey on Outnumbered; and a review of August Osage County.

With Mark Lawson.

Conductor Simon Rattle remembers Claudio Abbado, the acclaimed Italian conductor and former musical director of La Scala, Milan, who has died aged 80.

The Pulitzer prize-winning play, August: Osage County, a dark comedy looking at the lives of a group of women brought back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, has been adapted for the screen. The all-star cast includes Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, both nominated for Academy Awards, alongside Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch. Diane Roberts comments on whether the translation from stage to screen is successful.

In the first of five interviews with the authors who have won their categories for this year's Costa Book Awards, Mark talks to Kate Atkinson. She discusses winning the best novel category for her book Life After Life, the unusual structure of the book - in which the protagonist dies and is re-born - and imagining alternative futures.

BBC One's family comedy, Outnumbered, is returning for a fifth series. Hugh Dennis and Tyger Drew-Honey talk about their roles as father and son, the development of the show from improvised to scripted scenes, and watching the family drama with their own families.

Producer: Olivia Skinner.

Credits

Presenter
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
Sir Simon Rattle
Interviewed Guest
Kate Atkinson
Interviewed Guest
Hugh Dennis
Interviewed Guest
Tyger Drew-Honey
Producer
Olivia Skinner

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Tom Hanks, Sir Simon Rattle, French heritage funding

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Tom Hanks on his new film, The Post, co-starring Meryl Streep.

Tom Hanks discusses his new film, The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg, French heritage lottery funding and Simon Rattle on conducting the rarely performed The Genesis Suite.

Tom Hanks discusses his new film The Post, co-starring Meryl Streep and directed by Steven Spielberg, which tells the story of the part The Washington Post played in publishing the top secret Pentagon Papers that changed American public opinion about the Vietnam War.

Sir Simon Rattle is conducting the European concert premiere of The Genesis Suite, a work with narration based on stories from the first book of the Bible, such as Adam and Eve, the Flood and the Tower of Babel. The conductor discusses the little-known piece from 1945 which was written by seven different European composers, émigrés to America, including Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Milhaud, who each composed a movement.

The French culture minister Françoise Nyssen has unveiled plans to launch a heritage lottery. The money will go towards restoring ancient monuments. It follows reports of a fall in lottery receipts in the UK. French journalist Agnes Poirier and cultural historian Robert Hewison discuss the proposal, and consider how far arts and heritage funding should be lottery-dependent.

Presenter Kirsty Lang

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Presenter
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest
Tom Hanks
Interviewed Guest
Sir Simon Rattle
Interviewed Guest
Agnes Poirier
Interviewed Guest
Robert Hewison
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

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Conductor Simon Rattle, artist Lubaina Himid and playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig

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Simon Rattle on his first season with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Simon Rattle on his first season with the London Symphony Orchestra; James McAvoy's new film, Split; artist Lubaina Himid on two solo shows; playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig.

As Simon Rattle announces his first season as Musical Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Kirsty Lang asks him about his plans.

The film Split is a psychological horror by M. Night Shyamalan (The Visit, Sixth Sense). It stars James McAvoy as Kevin Crumb, who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder and who exhibits 23 alternate personalities. After kidnapping three teenage girls, there's a race against the clock as his captives try to convince one of his personalities to set them free - before the arrival of the 24th personality, the 'beast'. Writer and psychotherapist Mark Vernon reviews.

For the last three decades, artist Lubaina Himid's work has explored historical representations of people from the African diaspora and their cultural contribution to the West. With two big solo shows at Spike Island in Bristol and Modern Art Oxford, Himid talks about making art as an act of political revelation.

It doesn't open in London until November, but hip-hop musical Hamilton is the West End's hottest ticket and touts are offering them for up to £2,500 each. Despite a paperless system - audience members have bring a confirmation email, the bank card used and photo ID - tickets made it onto secondary sites within hours of going on sale. Reg Walker, expert on combating ticket sales irregularity, reveals how touts circumvent such safeguards, and the impact on the audience.

Roland Schimmelpfennig is Germany's most prolific living dramatist. Responding to the rise of the far right in Europe his play Winter Solstice reveals how Fascism insinuates itself, rather than marches in. He talks about the highly unusual form of the play, in which the characters comment on the action, and how such a subject can be funny.

Producer: Julian May.

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Lang
Producer
Julian May
Interviewed Guest
Sir Simon Rattle
Interviewed Guest
Mark Vernon
Interviewed Guest
Lubaina Himid
Interviewed Guest
Reg Walker
Interviewed Guest
Roland Schimmelpfennig

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Unplucked

Proms 2017: The Corridor Monstrosity - feat. Philippa Perry, Guarav Mazundar, Sir Simon Rattle, Alexa Mason, Karen Komansec

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Vikki encounters a massive drum, some unexpected Daft Punk, chains and scaffold poles.

On the floor at the Proms with a famous psychotherapist; that Daft Punk encore; in depth on the Ravi Shankar / Philip Glass collaboration; DIY Gurrelieder with Sir Simon Rattle.

On the floor at the Proms with a famous psychotherapist; that Daft Punk encore; in depth on the Ravi Shankar / Philip Glass collaboration; and DIY Gurrelieder with Sir Simon Rattle.

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Presenter
Vikki Stone
Interviewed Guest
Philippa Perry
Interviewed Guest
Robin Ticciati
Interviewed Guest
Alexa Mason
Interviewed Guest
Karen Kamensek
Interviewed Guest
Gaurav Mazumdar
Performer
Anoushka Shankar
Performer
Cédric Tiberghien
Interviewed Guest
Sir Simon Rattle

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In Tune Highlights

'I'm a very, very happy man' - Sir Simon Rattle

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Picks from across the week with Sean Rafferty: Sir Simon Rattle and Ute Lemper.

Picks from across the week on In Tune. Sean talks to Sir Simon Rattle on the eve of his debut concert at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra, and cabaret singer Ute Lemper.

Picks from across the week on In Tune. Sean talks to Sir Simon Rattle on the eve of his debut concert at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra, and cabaret singer Ute Lemper about reclaiming the German language. Plus a special guest wishes Sean a very happy 20th anniversary of presenting the show.

Credits

Interviewed Guest
Sir Simon Rattle
Interviewed Guest
Ute Lemper
Special thanks
Joyce DiDonato
Interviewer
Sean Rafferty
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Roy Plomley's castaway is conductor Simon Rattle

Roy Plomley's castaway is conductor Simon Rattle.

Roy Plomley's castaway is conductor Simon Rattle.

Favourite track: String Quartet in B Flat by Ludwig van Beethoven

Book: The I Ching

Luxury: German white wine

Credits

Presenter
Roy Plomley
Interviewed Guest
Sir Simon Rattle
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