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Friday - Rob Cowan

With Rob Cowan and his guest Alex Jennings

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 - Only Connect

Artist of the Week: Quartetto Italiano

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.

Rob's Essential Choice

Nutcracker ? Act II
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati (conductor)

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Fri 29 Nov 2013 09:00

Today’s Brainteaser Answer

Only Connect: the connection was Kings.

The music played:

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Fairest Isle (King Arthur, Act V)

Veronique Gens (soprano)

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie (director)

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King of the Stars

Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

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Erlkönig (The Erl-king)

Bryn Terfel (baritone)

Malcolm Martineau (piano)

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