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Whodunnit?

Matthew Sweet looks at music for cinematic whodunnits in the week of the release of the new version of Agatha Christie's classic 'Murder On The Orient Express'.

Matthew Sweet explores the whodunnit genre with a varied line-up of suspicious looking film scores in the week of the release of the new version of Agatha Christie's classic "Murder On The Orient Express".

The original Orient Express boasted a much loved classic score by Richard Rodney Bennett. The new film, with a starry ensemble cast and directed by Kenneth Branagh, has music by Branagh's regular musical collaborator, Patrick Doyle.

The programme also features music from "Death On The Nile"; "Evil Under The Sun"; "Le Grand Alibi" "8 Women"; "Gosford Park"; "The Draughtsman's Contract"; "Sleuth"; "Clue" and "Murder on the Orient Express".

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23 minutes

Music Played

  • Christopher Gunning

    Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989-2013): The Death of Mrs Inglethorpe

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Agatha Christie's Poirot - Original Music from the LWT Series.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 8.
  • Nino Rota

    Death on the Nile (1978): Nile Journey

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Nino Rota.
    • Poirot at the Movies.
    • Cloud Nine.
    • 21.
  • Cole Porter

    Evil Under The Sun (1982): Hotel Exterior / Main Titles

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Lanchbery.
    • Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • DRG Records.
    • 17.
  • Alexei Aigui

    Le Grandi Alibi (2008) - Title

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Music Box Records : MBR056.
    • Music Box Records.
    • 4.
  • Krishna Lévy

    8 Women (2002): 8 Femmes 8 Fleurs

    Orchestra: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Elena Chouchkova.
    • 8 Femmes - Bande originale du film.
    • WEA.
    • 1.
  • André Popp

    8 Women (2002): mon amour mon ami

    Composer: Edmond Baccri. Performer: Virginie Ledoyen. Orchestra: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Elena Chouchkova.
    • 8 Femmes - Bande originale du film.
    • WEA.
    • 5.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Gosford Park (2001): Inspector Thompson

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Jimmy Sherman.
    • Gosford Park - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • DECCA.
    • 12.
  • Michael Nyman

    The Draughtsman's Contract (1982): An Eye for Optical Theory

    Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band.
    • The Very Best of Michael Nyman - Film Music 1980-2001.
    • VENTURE.
    • 3.
  • John Addison

    Sleuth (1972): Overture / Milo's Theme

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Addison.
    • Sleuth - Original Soundtrack Recording.
    • CBS.
    • 1.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Murder on the Orient Express (1974): Orient Express

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • The Film Music of Sir R.R. Bennett.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Murder on the Orient Express (2017): Orient Express Suite

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Murder on the Orient Express (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • Sony Classical.
    • 24.
  • Ron Goodwin

    Miss Marple (1961-64): Theme

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • The Film Music of Ron Goodwin.
    • Chandos.
    • 17.
  • Alfred Zabel

    Kaleidoscope (2017): Marguerite douloureuse au rouet

    Performer: Chaerin Kim.
    • A Dedicated Poem.

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