My favourite piece of music … Beethoven’s 14th string quartet in C-sharp minor op 131 Why do you like such-and-such a piece of music? I dunno … I just like it.     ‘“The ‘Mozart Effect’ is the term most often used to describe the brain-boosting power of music, in that a study […]

I recently had a kind of Desert Island Discs experience where I came up with my favourite novel, poem, music, and film.   I have a joint top two favourite films. ‘VERTIGO’ 1958 … 122 mins … U.S. … Alfred Hitchcock From the novel ‘D’entre les Morts’ by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac I watched it […]
Jaume Plensa

(He’s pronounced ‘Jowmer ‘… J as in Jim (because he’s Catalan, apparently) and ow as in cow.) ‘The real concern is for sculpture again to become a source of beauty, posing the great fundamental questions.’ He was born in Barcelona in 1955 and had his first solo show there in 1980.   Since then he has […]