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Monday - Rob Cowan

3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 25 April 2011

Rob Cowan presents Breakfast and talks to special Comedy Classics guest - Simon Jones. With an impressive list of theatre credits to his name, Simon Jones is probably best known for playing the role of Arthur Dent in both the Radio and original TV series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a role which he reprieved for a later series on Radio 4 - Life, The Universe and Everything - in 2004. It is said that the author Douglas Adams wrote the part with Jones in mind. He also appeared in Blackadder and as "Bridey" in the 1980s TV dramatisation of Brideshead Revisited. He has several films under his belt and, more recently, he has become a theatre director and has done extensive work in the field of audio book narrating. He will be talking to Rob Cowan about how he enjoys listening to classical music and choosing his five favourite pieces.

Music Played

18 items
  • Image for Gustav Holst

    Gustav Holst The Planets - Jupiter, the bringer of jollity

    Performer: Halle Orchestra Performer: Mark Elder (conductor)

    HELIOS CDH55350

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Andante for flute and orchestra (K.315) in C major

    Performer: Aurele Nicolet (flute) Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Performer: David Zinman (conductor)

    PHILIPS 426 074-2

  • Image for Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Tomás Luis de Victoria Ave Maria a 8

    Performer: The Sixteen Performer: Harry Christophers (director)

    CORO COR16073

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Trio (Op.1`1) in E flat major - Finale (Presto)

    Performer: Beaux Arts Trio

    PHILIPS 468 411-2

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Symphonic dances (Op.64) - No. 2 - Allegretto grazioso

    Performer: Ulster Orchestra Performer: Vernon Handley (conductor)


  • Image for Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes

    Performer: Barbara Bonney (soprano) Performer: The King's Consort

    HYPERION CDS 44161-3

  • Image for Johann Strauss I

    Johann Strauss I Voices of spring - waltz

    Performer: SWR SO Baden-Baden & Freiburg Performer: Michael Gielen (conductor)


  • Image for Louis Moreau Gottschalk

    Louis Moreau Gottschalk Bamboula, Op.2

    Performer: Amiram Rigai (piano)


  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Quartet for strings (D.703) - Allegro assai (Quartettsatz)

    Performer: Takacs Quartet

    DECCA 436 324-2

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Die Forelle (D.550)

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Performer: Gerald Moore (piano)

    DG 437 225-2

  • Image for Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

    Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade (Op.35) - The Sea and Sinbad's ship

    Performer: Samuel Magad (violin) Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performer: Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

    ERATO 2564 69452-9

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin The Man I love

    Arranger: Grainger Performer: Daniel Adni (piano)

    EMI 9 68950 2

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata 66 "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen"

    Performer: Bernhard Landauer (alto) Performer: Christoph Prégardien (tenor) Performer: Klaus Mertens (bass) Performer: Amsterdam Baroque Choir & Orchestra Performer: Ton Koopman (conductor)

    ERATO 3984-27315-2

  • Comedy Classics - Simon Jones' choices

    • Image for Alexander Borodin

      Alexander Borodin Polovtsian dances from 'Prince Igor'

      Performer: Bavarian Radio Chorus & Orchestra Performer: Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

      PHILIPS 412 552-2

    • Image for Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

      Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni Adagio in G minor (compl. Giazotto)

      Performer: Consort of London Performer: Robert Clark (director)


    • Image for Sir William Walton

      Sir William Walton Crown imperial

      Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Roger Norrington (conductor)

      DECCA 473 007-2

    • Image for Michael William Balfe

      Michael William Balfe The Bohemian girl - Act 2; I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls (Arline's aria)

      Performer: Elīna Garanča Performer: Orchestre Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Performer: Karel Mark Chichon (conductor)

      DG 477 8776

    • Image for Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

      Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov Piano concerto No. 2 (Op.18) in C minor - Adagio sostenuto

      Performer: Yuja Wang (piano) Performer: Mahler Chamber Orchestra Performer: Claudio Abbado (conductor)

      DG 477 9308

  • Comedy Classics - Simon Jones

    Comedy Classics - Simon Jones

    Actor Simon Jones talks to Rob about his favourite classical music.

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    Simon in the R3 Breakfast studio


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