Matthew Sweet and Philip Lane on the film-music career of William Alwyn, composer of over 80 scores, including Desert Victory, The History of Mr Polly and The Crimson Pirate.
Matthew Sweet with Philip Lane on the film music career of William Alwyn, composer of over 80 scores including "The Magic Box", "The History of Mr Polly", "The Swiss Family Robinson" and "The Crimson Pirate".
Matthew discusses Alwyn's contribution to British film with Philip Lane, and finds out more about Philip's tireless work to track these sometimes lost scores down and bring them before the public. Volume 4 of the CD series "The Film Music of William Alwyn" has just been released with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba.
The programme includes highlights from across William Alwyn's career including music from "The History of Mr Polly"; "The Master of Ballantrae"; "Manchester - A City Speaks"; "Desert Victory"; "The Rocking Horse Winner"; "Svengali"; "The Card"; "The Swiss Family Robinson" and "They Flew Alone".
The Classic Score of the Week is Alwyn's music for the 1946 film "Odd Man Out".