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Dan Stevens

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 December 2011

Michael Berkeley 's guest is actor Dan Stevens, one of the rising young stars of stage and screen. He plays Matthew Crawley in the ITV hit series 'Downton Abbey', which returns shortly with a Christmas Special. Before Downton, Dan played the lead role of Nick Guest in the BBC's adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's Booker Prize-winning novel 'The Line of Beauty', and appeared as Edward Ferrars in Andrew Davies' BBC adaptation of 'Sense and Sensibility'. He has also appeared in other TV dramas, including 'Turn of the Screw', 'Dracula' and 'Maxwell'. He has a leading role in a forthcoming US movie 'Vamps', alongside Sigourney Weaver, Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter. On stage he has appeared in several Peter Hall productions, including 'Hay Fever', 'Much Ado about Nothing' and 'As You Like It'; starred as Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia', and appeared in Samuel West's production of 'The Romans in Britain'. He is also a highly acclaimed narrator of audiobooks, and is often heard on BBC Radio 4.

Dan Stevens is a fan of early music, and his choices include Byrd's Mass for 4 voices, sung by the Oxford Camerata and Allegri's Miserere. He has chosen extracts from two famous requiem masses, by Mozart and Faure, that he sang in the choir at Tonbridge School, while the slow movement of Bach's Double Violin Concerto, played by Daniel Hope, was a piece played at his wedding. Film music has had a particular influence on him, and he has chosen the Sanctus of the Missa Luba, from the soundtrack of 'If', and Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi, which he first heard while studying at Cambridge University. A piece by his university composer friend John Boden and Chet Baker's jazz classic 'I'm Old Fashioned' complete his list.

Music Played

9 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lacrimosa (from the Requiem in D minor K.626)

    Performers: The Hanover Band & Chorus/Roy Goodman

    NIMBUS NI 5241

  • Image for Traditional Congolese

    Traditional Congolese Sanctus (from the Missa Luba)

    Performers: Les troubadours de roi Baudouin


  • Image for William Byrd

    William Byrd Kyrie (from the Mass for 4 voices)

    Performers: Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly

    NAXOS 8550574

  • Image for Gabriel Fauré

    Gabriel Fauré In Paradisum (from the Requiem)

    Performers: Maitrise de Paris & Accentus, Orchestre National de France/Laurence Equilbey

    NAIVE 5137

  • Image for Philip Glass

    Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (from the film Koyaanisqatsi)

    Performers: Albert De Ruiter (the voice of Koyaanisqatsi), orchestra conducted by Michael Reisman


  • Image for Peter Bellamy

    Peter Bellamy Courting Too Slow (from the album Bellow)

    Performers: John Spiers & Jon Boden


  • Image for Gregorio Allegri

    Gregorio Allegri Miserere

    Performers: The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips


  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Largo ma non tanto (from the Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043)

    Performers: Daniel Hope and Marieke Blankestijn (violins), Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    WARNER 2564 62545-2

  • Image for Johnny Mercer (words), Jerome Kern (music)

    Johnny Mercer (words), Jerome Kern (music) I'm Old Fashioned

    Performers: Chet Baker (vocals), Kenny Drew (piano), George Morrow (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)


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    Dan Stevens



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