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Sourced from the Bard

Matthew Sweet presents a selection of music for films that take inspiration from the works of Shakespeare, coinciding with the release of William Oldroyd's film Lady Macbeth.

Matthew Sweet with a selection of music inspired by films that take inspiration from the works of Shakespeare in the week of the release of William Oldroyd's film "Lady Macbeth".

While the cinema has brought many famous adaptations of Shakespeare's plays to the screen, the story of The Bard's influence on film is far greater. Matthew Sweet presents a selection of soundtracks for films that have taken Shakespeare's stories as the source material for new plots - some quite literal, others a little more subtle. The programme features a Spaghetti Western versions of Hamlet, a submarine reworking of Romeo and Juliet, and a mediaeval Japanese take on King Lear.

Featured film scores include music for 'Theatre Of Blood', 'Chimes At Midnight', 'All Night Long', 'Forbidden Planet', 'Prospero's Books', 'McLintock!' and 'The Lion King'.

The Classic Score of the Week is the film soundtrack to Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story'.

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36 minutes

Music Played

  • Cliff Eidelman

    Star Trek VI (1963): The Undiscovered Country

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • MCA.
  • Francesco De Masi

    Johnny Hamlet (1968): Quella Sporca Storia Nel West - Tema di Johnny

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
  • Hans Zimmer

    The Lion King (1994): This Land

    Performer: Studio Orchestra. Performer: Nick Glennie‐Smith.
    • Walt Disney.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    Ran (1985): Hell's Picture Scroll

    Performer: Sapporo Studio Orchestra. Performer: Hiroyuki Iwaki.
    • SILVA.
  • Angelo Francesco Lavagnino

    Chimes at Midnight (1964): Apertura Festosa

    Performer: Pier Luigi Urbini. Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • CAM.
  • Philip Green

    All Night Long (1961): Overture

    Performer: John Scott. Performer: Tubby Hayes. Performer: Bert Courtley. Performer: R. Burns. Performer: Damian Robison. Performer: Phil Goodie. Performer: Ronnie Ross. Performer: Kenny Napper. Performer: Keith Christie. Performer: Colin Purbrook. Performer: Ray Dempsey. Performer: Allan Ganley. Performer: Stan Roderick. Performer: Tommy McQuater. Performer: Freddie Clayton. Performer: J Irvin. Performer: Jack Armstrong. Performer: S Whittaker.
  • Jeff Danna

    O (2001): Hawks vs. Bulldogs

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Gianandrea Gavazzeni.
    • Varèse Sarabande.
  • Louis and Bebe Barron

    Once Around Altair (from The Forbidden Planet)

    • PHILIPS : 4464032.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 4.
  • Michael Nyman

    Prospero's Books (1991): Where the Bee Sucks

    Performer: Michael Nyman Band.
    • Decca.
  • Michael J. Lewis

    Theatre of Blood (1973): Death in the Theatre

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • Pen Denis.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef (1953): Finale

    Performer: Bernard Herrmann. Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • Film Score Monthly.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    West Side Story (1961): Quintet

    Performer: Jim Bryan. Performer: Rita Moreno. Performer: Marni Nixon. Performer: Chorus of Jets & Sharks. Performer: Johnny Green. Performer: Studio Orchestra.
  • Gabriel Yared

    The Promise (2017): Voyage to Constantinople

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.


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