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The films of David Lean

David Lean was one of Britain’s greatest and most influential film-makers. Matthew Sweet reflects his work through the music for his films.

David Lean was one of Britain’s greatest and most influential film makers, directing epics such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai’ and Doctor Zhivago’. Matthew Sweet reflects his work through the music for his films.

The programme makes reference to 'In Which We Serve', 'Bounty', 'Blithe Spirit', 'Brief Encounter', 'This Happy Breed', 'The Ghost Camera', 'Great Expectations', 'Oliver Twist', 'The Passionate Friends', 'Summertime', 'Madeleine', 'The Sound Barrier', 'Hobson's Choice', 'The Bridge On The River Kwai', 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Doctor Zhivago', 'Ryan's Daughter' and 'Passage To India'.

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Music Played

  • Clifton Parker

    In Which We Serve (1942) - Titles

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Richard Addinsell

    Blithe Spirit (1945) - Waltz

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • The Film Music of Richard Addinsell.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Brief Encounter (1945) - Piano Concerto No 2

    Performer: Eileen Joyce. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf.
    • Concert Classics.
  • Walter Goehr

    Great Expectations 1946) - Titles

    Composer: Kenneth Pakeman. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Arnold Bax

    Oliver Twist (1948) - Fagin's Romp, Oliver's pickpocketing lesson, Finale

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • The Film Music of Arnold Bax.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 14.
  • Richard Addinsell

    The Passionate Friends (1949) - Suite

    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
    • Addinsell: Film Music.
    • ASV.
    • 5.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    SOUND BARRIER(1952): Rhapsody for Orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Film Music.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 9.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Hobson's Choice (1954) - Overture & Shoe Ballet

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Film Music.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Maurice Jarre

    Doctor Zhivago (1965): Lara's Theme

    Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
    • Hollywood Collection Vol.1 - Doctor Zhivago.
    • CBS.
    • 7.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Bridge Over The River Kwai - Prelude and Colonel Bogey

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Hickox.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Film Music.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Maurice Jarre

    Lawrence of Arabia (1962): Overture

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
    • Lawrence of Arabia - Original Soundtrack Recording.
    • CINEPHILE.
    • 1.
  • Maurice Jarre

    Doctor Zhivago (1965): Suite

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
    • Maurice Jarre's Musical Tribute to David Lean.
    • Milan.
    • 4.
  • Maurice Jarre

    Ryan's Daughter (1970) - Main Title

    Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
    • Doctor Zhivago & Ryan's Daughter - Original MGM Soundtrack Recordings.
    • MGM.
    • 13.
  • Vangelis

    Mutiny on the Bounty (1984) - Main Titles

    Performer: Vangelis.
    • Vangelis - Themes.
    • Polydor.
    • 9.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Bridge Over The River Kwai - Prelude and Colonel Bogey

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Film Music.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Maurice Jarre

    A Passage to India (1984) "A Passage to India/Bombay March"

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
    • Movie Soundtrack - A Passage to India.
    • Capitol.
    • 1.

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