Essential Classics: Sound Of Cinema

Monday 16 September



Sarah Walker’s guest this week is the stage and screen actor, Tim Piggott-Smith. After a long career in smaller roles, Tim got his big break with the leading role of Ronald Merrick in the 1984 television serial The Jewel In The Crown.

Plus, at 11am each day as part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season, Neil Brand (dramatist, composer and silent film accompanist) introduces his personal choice of 15 pieces of music that made the movies. Neil's introductions will be available to download as a podcast from the Radio 3 website.

His choices include: Classical pieces, which originated as film music (Vaughan Williams - Sinfonia Antartica / Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue). Classical composers who turned their hand to film music (Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Copland: The Heiress / Korngold: Robin Hood). Music written especially for film by the great composers of the genre: (Bernard Hermann: Vertigo Suite / Arnold: St Trinians Suite / Franz Waxman - Sunset Boulevard Suite) and modern exponents of the genre (John Williams: Close Encounters Suite / Pat Doyle: Henry V suite for Kenneth Branagh's film).

Presenter/ Sarah Walker, A Classic Arts Production

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