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Remixes and Reimaginings: RR Bennett, Nyman and Sawhney

Donald Macleod explores the varied mix of classical, rock, jazz and world music in modern British film music. With works by RR Bennett, Nyman, Rachel Portman and Nitin Sawhney.

The last few decades have seen a previously unimaginable diversity of styles in British film music - with award-winning rock, dance and electronica scores by Pink Floyd, Massive Attack and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood - and music that increasingly blurs lines between genres by figures such as Michael Nyman and Nitin Sawhney.

Amidst all of this, Richard Rodney Bennett's extraordinary ability across a vast array of styles, from avant-garde modernism to jazz to quintessential British classicism, made him one of the most sought-after British composers in film.

Film music expert David Huckvale joins Donald Macleod for a final time to discuss his legacy - and the extraordinary crosspollination of musical genres in British film music at the beginning of the 21st century.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Michael Nyman

    The Draughtsman's Contract - Chasing Sheep Is Best Left To Shepherds

    Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band.
    • MN: MNRCD105.
    • 1.
  • Michael Nyman

    Drowning by Numbers -Trysting Fields

    Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band.
    • VIRGIN: CDVE967.
  • Michael Nyman

    Drowning by Numbers -Sheep And Tides

    Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band.
    • VIRGIN: CDVE967.
  • Michael Nyman

    Drowning by Numbers - Knowing The Ropes

    Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band.
    • VIRGIN: CDVE967.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Henry V - Non Nobis, Domine

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI: CDC 749919.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Henry V - O' For A Muse Of Fire

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI: CDC 749919.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Henry V - The Death Of Falstaff

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI: CDC 749919.
  • Nitin Sawhney

    A Throw Of Dice - King Sohat

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Hussey.
    • RADIO FANDANGO: 4029758841020.
    • 3.
  • Nitin Sawhney

    A Throw Of Dice - The Kiss

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Hussey.
    • RADIO FANDANGO: 4029758841020.
    • 3.
  • Rachel Portman

    Emma

    Orchestra: Soundtrack.
    • HOLLYWOOD: HWR 2150422.
    • 1.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Murder On The Orient Express

    • CLOUD NINE: CNS5007.
    • 4.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    The Billion Dollar Brain - Ambush

    Orchestra: Soundtrack.
    • Kritzerland: KR 20013-8.
    • 5.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    The Billion Dollar Brain-Main Theme

    Orchestra: Soundtrack.
    • Kritzerland: KR 20013-8.
    • 1.

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