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Monday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan and his guest Alex Jennings

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: 'Homage To Pavlova' with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge. Also, at 9:30am, our daily brainteaser - Who's Dancing?

10am
Artist of the Week: Quartetto Italiano

10.30am
With Radio 3 having just marked Benjamin Britten's centenary, our guest on Essential Classics is acclaimed actor Alex Jennings. He has a particular insight into the life of Britten, having played him on stage at the National Theatre in Alan Bennett's play, The Habit of Art. Alex Jennings has played many other leading roles in productions at the National Theatre, as well as at the RSC. He has also performed in Bernstein's Candide at the English National Opera and won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Demonstrating his versatility, he has won two other Oliver awards for roles in the Russian comedy Too Clever by Half and Ibsen's Peer Gynt. His TV appearances include The State Within, Inspector Morse, Silk, Spooks and The Inspector Alleyn Myteries, whilst his film roles include Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and The Queen, in which he played Prince Charles.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice

Wagner
Das Rheingold: Prelude, Interludes and entry of the Gods into Valhalla
Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
Philippe Jordan (conductor)
ERATO.

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Mon 25 Nov 2013 09:00

Today's Brainteaser Answer

Who's Dancing? The Swans in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

 

The music played:

 

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Swan Lake - Dance of the Swans (Act II No.13d)                  

Concertgebouw Orchestra

Anatole Fistoulari (conductor)

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