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Studio Ghibli

Matthew Sweet explores music for Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli.

Matthew Sweet looks at the music for the Japanese phenomenon that is Studio Ghibli in the week that sees the release of Hayao Miyazaki last film, "The Wind Rises".

The celebrated Japanese animation studio has produced some acclaimed titles including "Spirited Away", "The Princess Mononoke", "Laputa - Castle in the Sky"and "Porco Rosso". Aviation is often a prevailing theme of the films, reflecting Miyazaki's years growing up around his father's business in the Japanese aviation industry. Matthew talks to Justin Johnson of the British Film Institute about the films, and about the BFI's current Studio Ghibli Festival; and features work from one of the studio's foremost composers, Joe Hisaishi.

Matthew also turns his attention to other great film scores inspired by the theme of aviation, including The Battle of Britain; The Sound Barrier and The Aviator.

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Music Played

  • William Walton

    BATTLE OF BRITAIN (1965): Battle In the Air

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN8870.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 17.
  • Ron Goodwin

    THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES (1965): Title Song

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Ron Goodwin

    BATTLE OF BRITAIN (1965): End Title

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • VARESE SARABANDE : VSD6578.
    • VARESE SARABANDE.
    • 19.
  • Joe Hisaishi

    PORCO ROSSO(1992): The Wind of Time (When a Human Can Be a Human)"

    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS : TKCA - 71156.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS.
    • 1.
  • Joe Hisaishi

    LAPUTA - THE CASTLE IN THE SKY(1986): The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

    Choir: Suginami Children's Choir.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS : TKCA - 72721.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS.
    • 7.
  • Joe Hisaishi

    THE PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997): The Legend of Ashtaki

    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS : TKCA - 71168.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS.
    • 33.
  • Joe Hisaishi

    THE WIND RISES (2013): Dream Flight

    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS : TKCA - 73920.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS.
    • 1.
  • Joe Hisaishi

    SPIRITED AWAY (2001): Reprise

    Orchestra: New Japan Philharmonic.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS : TKCA - 72165.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS.
    • 19.
  • Joe Hisaishi

    KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989): Late for the Party

    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS : TKCA - 72742.
    • TOKUMA JAPAN COMMUNICATIONS.
    • 10.

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