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Musical connections made by film and TV composer Christian Henson

Christian Henson opens up a selection of classical music from a film composer's point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Christian Henson is a multi award-winning film and television composer with over 45 soundtracks to his name. He is also a prolific vlogger, with his instructive 'how to compose' videos amassing millions of online views. Today he chooses music that has over the course of his life, fed into his own musical voice and personality. There’s an orchestral piece that both thrilled and terrified him, a piano miniature from the 1890s that he describes as starting a “beautiful revolution”, and an example of technology creating delicate beauty of sound.

Christian’s Must Listen piece around 2pm is a tiny gem in words and music by perhaps his most unique and influential teacher, the Scottish poet Ivor Cutler.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Deus in Adjutorium

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Choir: The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Robert Howarth.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Barry Guy

    After the rain

    Orchestra: London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • NMC.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Polovtsian Dances

    Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Robert Shaw.
    • TELARC.
  • Christian Henson

    The Journey to Moonacre

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Erik Satie

    Trois Gnossiennes - No. 1

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
  • Ólafur Arnalds


    Performer: Ólafur Arnalds. Orchestra: London Recording Orchestra.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Sea Interludes - Sunday Morning

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • TELDEC.
  • John Adams

    Chairman Dances

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
  • Ivor Cutler

    I Believe in Bugs

    • Virgin.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen from St Matthew Passion

    Singer: Thomas Hobbs. Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Singer: Matthew Rose. Singer: Elizabeth Watts. Singer: Ashley Riches. Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Christopher Maltman. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Concerto Aranjuez

    Performer: Paco de Lucía. Orchestra: Orquestra de Cadaqués.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Gustavo Santaolalla

    Partida del Leprosario

    Performer: Gustavo Santaolalla. Performer: Gustavo Santaolalla. Performer: Don Markese. Performer: Braulio Barrera. Performer: Javier Casalla. Performer: Aníbal Kerpel.
    • DG.
  • Jon Brion

    Magnolia - Stanley-Frank-Linda's Breakdown

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Chuck Jonkey

    Kecak Ceremony Part 1

    • Jonkey Enterprises.
  • Steve Reich

    Desert Music

    Orchestra: Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Lacrimosa from Requiem

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Choir: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus.
    • DG.


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