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Lost Children

Matthew Sweet introduces film music on the theme of lost children inspired by the new release Philomena, scored by Alexandre Desplat. Plus other scores by Desplat.

Matthew Sweet looks at music inspired by the theme of lost children prompted by this week's new release, Stephen Frears's "Philomena", with music by Alexandre Desplat.

"Philomena" won Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope the Best Screenplay award at the 70th Venice Film Festival, and Dame Judy Dench's central performance has been widely tipped for a best-actress award. The film is a moving account of a mother's loss of a child, sold for adoption. The film score is by the enormously succesful French composer, Alexandre Desplat, who also wrote the music for "The King's Speech", "The Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

Philomena is Radio 3's Sound of Cinema's featured new release of the week, and as well as offering a chance to hear music from the film, plus other scores by Desplat, Matthew takes the subject of the lost child to reflect other film scores inspired by this subject, including music by Angelo Badalamenti, Rachel Portman, Max Richter and Franz Waxman


1 hour

Music Played

  • Arnold Bax

    Oliver Twist - Finale

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • British Film Classics.
    • Chandos.
    • 15.
  • Angelo Badalamenti

    City of Lost Children - Attempted Execution

    Orchestra: Prague Film Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Stepan Konicek.
    • City of Lost Children (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • Eastwest.
    • 10.
  • John Barry

    Walkabout - Children

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: Crouch End Festival Chorus. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • John Barry Walkabout - World Premiere Recording of the original film score.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 1.
  • Lionel Bart

    Oliver! - Boy For Sale

    Singer: Harry Secombe.
    • Oliver! Original soundtrack recording.
    • RCA.
    • 2.
  • Bruce Broughton

    Lost in Space

    Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Conductor: Bruce Broughton.
    • Lost In Space - Original Soundtrack album.
    • Intrada.
    • 20.
  • Charlie Chaplin

    The Kid from "Suite from The Kid"

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Davis.
    • Charlie Chaplin: The Essential Film Music Collection.
    • Silva Screen.
  • Rachel Portman

    Oliver Twist - The Road to the Workhouse

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Snell.
    • Oliver Twist (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • Sony Classical.
    • 2.
  • Alexandre Desplat

    Girl with a Pearl Earing - Griet's Theme

    Orchestra: Pro Arte Orchestra. Conductor: Alexandre Desplat.
    • Girl with a Pearl Earing - Music from the Motion Picture.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Alexandre Desplat


    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • Philomena - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Max Richter

    Sarah's Key - Sarah's Notebook

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Lorenz Dangel.
    • Sarah's Key - Music from the Motion Picture.
    • Milan Records.
    • 22.
  • John Scott

    Greystoke - Overture and Return to the jungle

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Dodd.
    • Greystoke: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • La La Records.
    • 15.
  • Franz Waxman

    The Spirit of St Louis - Building the Spirit

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Franz Waxman.
    • The Spirit of St Louis - Original Soundtrack.
    • Varese Sarabande.
    • 2.


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