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William Alwyn

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".

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22 minutes

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Sat 11 Feb 2017 15:00

Music Played

  • William Alwyn

    The History of Mr Polly (1949) - Prelude

    Music Arranger: Christopher Palmer. Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • William Alwyn

    The Master of Ballantrae (1953) - Suite

    Music Arranger: Philip Lane. Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • William Alwyn

    Manchester - A City Speaks (1946) - Interlude (reconstructed by Philip Lane)

    Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • William Alwyn

    Desert Victory (1941) - Prologue: Alla Marcia (reconstructed by Philip Lane)

    Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • William Alwyn

    The Rocking Horse Winner (1949) - Paul's Last Ride

    Composer: Philip Lane. Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • William Alwyn

    Svengali (1954) - Libera Me (reconstructed by Philip Lane)

    Singer: Susan Bullock. Director: Jeffrey Wynn Davies. Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • William Alwyn

    The Card (1952) - The Prelude

    Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • William Alwyn

    The Card (1952) - Dendry and Nellie (reconstructed by Philip Lane)

    Performer: Andrew Orton. Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • William Alwyn

    Swiss Family Robinson (1960) - Titles (reconstructed by Philip Lane)

    Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • William Alwyn

    Odd Man Out (1946) - Delirium and Lullaby

    Music Arranger: Christopher Palmer. Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • William Alwyn

    Odd Man Out (1946) - Nemesis and Finale

    Music Arranger: Christopher Palmer. Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • William Alwyn

    They Flew Alone (1941) - II. Nocturne: Moderato (a la Chopin) - Alla Marcia

    Composer: Philip Lane. Performer: Paul Jones. Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.

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