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20190518

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

20190608

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music

Series of programmes exploring film music

20190629
... Yours faithfully20190706

With the release of the bio-pic ‘Vita & Virginia’ this week, inspired by the correspondence of Vita Sackville-west and Virginia Woolf, Matthew Sweet reflects on the epistolary film - movies inspired by the exchange of letters.

The programme features music from ‘Broadway Melody on 1938’; ‘The Lake House’; ‘Letters to Juliet’; ‘Message In A Bottle’; ‘The Shop Around The Corner’; ‘You’ve Got Mail’; ‘84 Charing Cross Road’; ‘The Shawshank Redemption’; ‘Atonement’; ‘The Letter’ (1940); ‘Dangerous Liaisons’; ‘The Color Purple”; ‘Possession’ (2002) and ‘Vita & Virginia’.

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music

Series of programmes exploring film music

... Yours faithfully20190706

With the release of the bio-pic ‘Vita & Virginia’ this week, inspired by the correspondence of Vita Sackville-west and Virginia Woolf, Matthew Sweet reflects on the epistolary film - movies inspired by the exchange of letters.

The programme features music from ‘Broadway Melody on 1938’; ‘The Lake House’; ‘Letters to Juliet’; ‘Message In A Bottle’; ‘The Shop Around The Corner’; ‘You’ve Got Mail’; ‘84 Charing Cross Road’; ‘The Shawshank Redemption’; ‘Atonement’; ‘The Letter’ (1940); ‘Dangerous Liaisons’; ‘The Color Purple”; ‘Possession’ (2002) and ‘Vita & Virginia’.

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music

Series of programmes exploring film music

A Four-Legged Friend20190831

Jed Kurzel's new score for The Mustang, which was released this week, is the spur for a programme looking at the horse in film. Matthew Sweet considers the role of the workhorse with music from John Williams and Ron Goodwin. Velvet Brown features in the National and International Velvet films and Black Beauty also plays a starring role. We go to the races with Seabiscuit, My Fair Lady and the Marx Brothers. The therapeutic role of horses is considered in The Horse Whisperer and The Mustang. And this week's Classic Score is André Previn's music for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Matthew Sweet with a selection of film music on the theme of horses.

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'A Four-Legged Friend'20190831

Matthew Sweet with a selection of film music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Academia20190504

A world of film music with Matthew Sweet.

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Academia has provided a rich backdrop for cinema over the years. With the release of the biopic ‘Tolkien’ this week, based on the life of the Oxford academic and author JRR Tolkien, Matthew Sweet looks at film music written to underscore life at university. The programme features music by John Williams, James Horner, John Dankworth among others.

Alberto Iglesias20190824

Composer Alberto Iglesias has worked extensively with legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar since the late nineties, scoring All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Bad Education, Volver, The Skin I Live In, and Julieta. Their latest collaboration Pain and Glory, starring Antonio Banderas as an ageing auteur is released in the UK this weekend, and Almodovar has claimed it's his final film...

Alberto studied music in his home city of San Sebastian, Paris and Barcelona. He cites Stravinsky and Debussy as his biggest influences and has written for the concert stage and ballet.

He talks to Matthew about working in Europe with Almodovar as well as other regular collaborators Julio Medem and Iciar Bollain, and in Hollywood where he's been Oscar nominated for The Constant Gardener, The Kiterunner, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Matthew Sweet meets film composer Alberto Iglesias.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Alberto Iglesias20190824

Composer Alberto Iglesias has worked extensively with legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar since the late nineties, scoring All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Bad Education, Volver, The Skin I Live In, and Julieta. Their latest collaboration Pain and Glory, starring Antonio Banderas as an ageing auteur is released in the UK this weekend.

Alberto studied music in his home city of San Sebastian, Paris and Barcelona. He cites Stravinsky and Debussy as his biggest influences and has written for the concert stage and ballet.

He talks to Matthew about working in Europe with Almodovar as well as other regular collaborators Julio Medem and Iciar Bollain, and in Hollywood where he's been Oscar nominated for The Constant Gardener, The Kiterunner, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Matthew Sweet meets film composer Alberto Iglesias.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Cars20190713

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music

Series of programmes exploring film music

Cars20190713

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music

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Daniel Pemberton20190629
Daniel Pemberton20190629

Matthew Sweet meets the British composer Daniel Pemberton who started writing documentary scores aged 17. He's since collaborated with Ridley Scott on The Counselor, Guy Ritchie on The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and Danny Boyle on his Steve Jobs biopic and the newly released Yesterday, for which he wrote original music and Beatles arrangements.

He talks to Matthew about changing his score to All the Money in the World when Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer, manipulating elephant noises through EMS synthesizers in Somerset, and taking inspiration from 'the sound of capitalism' - the famous New York Stock Exchange Bell.

Matthew Sweet meets composer Daniel Pemberton, who has scored the new release Yesterday.

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Deep Space20190921

Matthew Sweet ventures into deep space and spins a few stellar cinematic discs to mark the launch of ‘Ad Astra’ and a new score from Max Richter. Featuring music from Lost in Space, Sunshine, and Solaris. In it's 40th anniversary year the classic score of the week is Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Jerry Goldsmith.

Matthew Sweet spins some stellar cinematic discs to mark the launch of Ad Astra.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Deep Space20190921

Matthew Sweet spins some stellar cinematic discs to mark the launch of Ad Astra.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Double Acts20190112

Matthew Sweet takes his cue from the newly released 'Stan and Ollie', scored by Rolfe Kent, for a look at music for films featuring notable "double acts", not least from the new Laurel and Hardy inspired film itself.

Featured films include 'The Odd Couple', 'Gunfight At OK Corral', 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', 'Mr and Mrs Smith', 'To Have And Have Not', 'Cleopatra', 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner', '21 Jump Street', 'Men In Black', 'Silver Streak', 'Night At The Museum', 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein', 'The Intelligence Men', 'Coraline', 'Shaun Of The Dead' and the Classic Score of the week is Laurel and Hardy's 'Way Out West'.

There's also a chance to hear part of the new score by Thomas Ades for the new bio-pic about French author, Collette.

Matthew Sweet with music for cinematic duos.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Matthew Sweet takes his cue from the newly released 'Stan and Ollie', scored by Rolfe Kent, for a look at music for films featuring double acts, not least from the new Laurel and Hardy inspired film itself.
There's also a chance to hear part of the new score by Thomas Ades for the new bio-pic about French author, Collette.

Electronica20190608

Inspired by the release of 'Gloria Bell' with a new score by electronic musician Matthew Herbert, this week's programme with Matthew Sweet, looks back on the synth score, including the work of Jerry Goldsmith, John Carpenter, Carmine Coppola, Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Daft Punk.

The programme features music from 'The Illustrated Man'; 'A Clockwork Orange'; 'Dark Star'; 'Halloween'; 'The Thief'; 'Midnight Express'; Apocalypse Now'; 'Tron'; 'Chariots of Fire'; 'Tron Legacy" and 'The Social Network'. Matthew also talks to composer Matthew Herbert about his new synth based score for Gloria Bell.

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music

Series of programmes exploring film music

Free Thinking - Cinematic Love Themes20190330

Matthew Sweet live from Sage Gateshead with a look at cinematic love themes.

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God of War and Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary20191019

Composer Bear McCreary's credits include Godzilla King of the Monsters, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Child's Play, Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, and the PlayStation 4 game God of War. In this exclusive interview he talks to Matthew Sweet about writing for tv, film and games, his love of horror and sci-fi, and the influence of his mentor Elmer Bernstein.

God of War and Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary discusses his prolific career.

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Henry Mancini20190803

Matthew Sweet talks to Monica Mancini, the daughter of one of the great icons of film music, the composer Henry Mancini, whose seminal scores for 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', 'The Pink Panther', 'Charade' and many others have worked their way not only into parlance of film buffs but into the hearts and minds of audiences internationally.

Matthew Sweet in conversation with the daughter of the great Henry Mancini.

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Henry Mancini20190803

Matthew Sweet reflects on the film music of Henry Mancini.

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Hitch And Herrmann20190119

Matthew Sweet examines the Alfred Hitchcock/Bernard Herrmann artistic collaboration through the music for their films, including North By Northwest, Psycho, Marnie, and Vertigo. The programme marks the BBC's Icons Season. Alfred Hitchcock features among the short list of Icons in the "Artists and Writers" category in BBC TWO's venture to discover the 20th Century's most important and influential figure.

Further details can be found on the "BBC Icons" website.

Matthew Sweet on the collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann.

Series of programmes exploring film music

John Scott20190316

He's the man who gave us the music for A Study in Terror, The Final Countdown, and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan. He worked with John Barry, Henry Mancini and Jacques Cousteau, whistled on the River Kwai, played flute on the Lion in Winter and saxophone on Goldfinger.

Matthew Sweet meets the English film composer John Scott.

Film music from John Scott, the man who wrote A Study in Terror and The Final Countdown.

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Justin Hurwitz20190105

Matthew Sweet meets the composer of First Man and La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, who has built an enviable reputation in Hollywood and two Academy Awards from just four films. Matthew looks at his career to date, his exclusive working relationship with director Damien Chazelle, his love of the film musical, and he discusses his four films - 'Guy and Madeline On A Park Bench', 'Whiplash', 'La La Land', and 'First Man'.

Matthew Sweet is joined by the composer of La La Land and First Man

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Kaij\u016b And The Japanese Mega Monster!20190601

With the release of a new Michael Dougherty film, ‘Godzilla: The King of Monsters’ this week, Matthew Sweet looks at Japanese Kaijū, which draws on ancient myths of giant monsters, and considers its impact on film and film music. As well as music for Japanese features, he also looks at the impact that the genre has had on Western film, from ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’ to ‘The Meg’.

Matthew Sweet explores the impact of Japanese mega monsters on film.

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Music For Dragons20190202

Composer John Powell discusses his music for How to Train Your Dragon

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Object of Desire20190928

With the screen adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel ‘The Goldfinch’ just released, Matthew Sweet features some of Trevor Gorecki’s score plus music for films on the theme of covetousness. The programme includes an interview with the film’s composer, Trevor Gureckis, plus music for Indiana Jones, Jason and the Argonauts, The Silver Chalice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Thomas Crown Affair, Woman In Gold, and the Classic Score of the Week - Adolph Deutsche’s music for The Maltese Falcon.

Matthew Sweet with music from the score for The Goldfinch.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Object of Desire20190928

With the screen adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel ‘The Goldfinch’ just released, Matthew Sweet features some of Trevor Gorecki’s score plus music for films on the theme of covetousness. The programme includes an interview with the film’s composer, Trevor Gureckis, plus music for Indiana Jones, Jason and the Argonauts, The Silver Chalice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Thomas Crown Affair, Woman In Gold, and the Classic Score of the Week - Adolph Deutsche’s music for The Maltese Falcon.

Matthew Sweet with music from the score for The Goldfinch.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Primal Scene20191005

Joker is the new Batman-themed film directed by Todd Philips, a movie which describes the rich psychological back-story of its lead character, played by Joaquin Phoenix. Matthew Sweet uses the major new release to step into the world of films which explain the actions or motivations of their lead characters through a serious psychological event in their past.

Producer: Paul Frankl

Matthew Sweet explores film plots with a highly revealing psychological back-story.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Primal Scene20191005

Joker is the new Batman-themed film directed by Todd Philips, a movie which describes the rich psychological back-story of its lead character, played by Joaquin Phoenix. Matthew Sweet uses the major new release to step into the world of films which explain the actions or motivations of their lead characters through a serious psychological event in their past.

Producer: Paul Frankl

Matthew Sweet explores film plots with a highly revealing psychological back-story.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Sherlock Holmes20181229

Conan Doyle's detective takes to the screens again this Christmas with a new comic film, "Holmes & Watson", with music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Matthew Sweet marks the event with a look back on some of the super-sleuth's celebrated film scores including "The Adventures OF Sherlock Holmes's Smarter Brother", "The Legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles", "Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows", "Young Sherlock Holmes", "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", "The Voice of Terror", "Sherlock", "Sherlock Holmes In New York", "They Might Be Giants", "Sherlock Holmes", "The Seven Per Cent Solution", "A Study In Terror", "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes", "Mr Holmes", "Holmes & Watson".

Matthew Sweet with film music for the Victorian detective

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Smugglers20190126

Matthew Sweet and cinematic smugglers

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Spooky Children20190907

Matthew Sweet turns his attention to music that underscores children in the horror genre.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Spooky Children20190907

Matthew Sweet turns his attention to music that underscores children in the horror genre.

Series of programmes exploring film music

The Berlin Wall20190615

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

The Berlin Wall20190615

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

The Con Artist20190511

Matthew Sweet and music for film.

Series of programmes exploring film music

The Country House20190914

The big-screen version of Downton Abbey is released this week so the setting for today’s theme is the stately pile or country retreat - the des res much beloved by film makers. Featured music comes from 'The Duchess', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Mansfield Park', 'The Shooting Party', 'The Remains of the Day', 'The Ruling Class', 'Skyfall', 'Rebecca', and 'Gosford Park. The Classic Score of the Week is Richard Addison's award winning music for the 1972 'Sleuth'.

Matthew's guest is 'Downton Abbey' composer John Lunn.

Matthew Sweet with film music to a theme.

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The Country House20190914

Matthew Sweet with film music to a theme.

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The Films Of David Lean20190525

David Lean was one of Britain’s greatest and most influential film makers, directing epics such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai’ and Doctor Zhivago’. Matthew Sweet reflects his work through the music for his films.

The programme makes reference to 'In Which We Serve', 'Bounty', 'Blithe Spirit', 'Brief Encounter', 'This Happy Breed', 'The Ghost Camera', 'Great Expectations', 'Oliver Twist', 'The Passionate Friends', 'Summertime', 'Madeleine', 'The Sound Barrier', 'Hobson's Choice', 'The Bridge On The River Kwai', 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Doctor Zhivago', 'Ryan's Daughter' and 'Passage To India'.

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

The Spaghetti Western20190810

Matthew Sweet looks at the history of the Italian-made western through its music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Matthew Sweet looks at the history of the Italian-made western through its music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

The Twilight Zone20190518

Roxann Dawson's new film "Breakthrough", with a score by Marcelo Zarvos, is the featured new release and puts Matthew in mind of films that explore the mysterious realm between life and death.

The programme features music from Danny Elfman, John Williams, Joseph Bishara, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, Maurice Jarre, Delia Derbyshire, Georges Auric, James Newton Howard and Nick Glennie-Smith. The Classic Score of the Week is John Corigliano's music for the 1980 Ken Russell film, 'Altered States'.

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

Things Are Not What They Seem...20190323

A selection of great film music conveying hidden menace.

Series of programmes exploring film music

'You've Never Had It So Good'20190720

A look back on cinematic depictions of 1950's Britain through film music with Matthew Sweet, marking the release this week of 'Tell It To The Bees' - Annabel Jankel's drama set in 1950's Scotland, with music by Claire M Singer.

How should we regard Britain in the 1950's? Matthew Sweet profiles the decade through some of the film music of the time and takes a "rear view mirror" look, courtesy of some more recent films set in the period, which saw the nation transition from post-war austerity into the Swinging Sixties.

Music featured in the programme is taken from the films 'The Happiest Days of Your Life'; 'Doctor In the House'; 'A Kid For Two Farthings'; 'Night And The City'; 'Room At The Top'; 'Night Of The Demon'; 'The Colditz Story'; 'Queen And Country'; 'Wish You Were Here'; 'The Long Day Closes'; and 'Phantom Thread'. The programme also features music from this week's featured new release 'Tell It To the Bees'.

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

'you've Never Had It So Good'20190720

A look back on cinematic depictions of 1950's Britain through film music with Matthew Sweet, marking the release this week of 'Tell It To The Bees' - Annabel Jankel's drama set in 1950's Scotland, with music by Claire M Singer.

How should we regard Britain in the 1950's? Matthew Sweet profiles the decade through some of the film music of the time and takes a "rear view mirror" look, courtesy of some more recent films set in the period, which saw the nation transition from post-war austerity into the Swinging Sixties.

Music featured in the programme is taken from the films 'The Happiest Days of Your Life'; 'Doctor In the House'; 'A Kid For Two Farthings'; 'Night And The City'; 'Room At The Top'; 'Night Of The Demon'; 'The Colditz Story'; 'Queen And Country'; 'Wish You Were Here'; 'The Long Day Closes'; and 'Phantom Thread'. The programme also features music from this week's featured new release 'Tell It To the Bees'.

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film music.

Series of programmes exploring film music

1995199520190622

This week sees the final instalment of the Toy Story franchise which in 1995 was the first feature length CGI film. Matthew Sweet considers it and other music from what was a great year of film. Featured scores include 'Die Hard With a Vengeance', 'Se7en', 'Batman Forever', 'Goldeneye', 'Waterworld, 'Twelve Monkeys', 'A Walk In The Clouds', 'Braveheart', 'Il Postino', 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Pocahontas' and of course 'Toy Story'. The Classic Score of the Week is Miklos Rozsa's 'Ivanhoe'. Rozsa died in July of 1995.

Matthew Sweet explores film music from the year 1995

Series of programmes exploring film music

1995199520190622

Matthew Sweet explores film music from the year 1995

Series of programmes exploring film music