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On his debut solo album, Scottish movie maestro Patrick Doyle offers an overview of his whole career, from his first film score – for Kenneth Branagh's Henry V – to his most recent blockbuster, also for Branagh, Cinderella.
Along the way Doyle revisits some of his most touching themes, including 'Harry in Winter' from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park and A Little Princess.
Stripping these works down to virtuoso pieces for solo piano reveals all of their beauty and emotive power, as well as Doyle's supreme skill as a melodist.
Speaking on Charlotte Green's Culture Club on Classic FM (Sunday 26 July 2015), Patrick Doyle told Charlotte that he'd been working on this album in between other projects for the past three years.
"I often work at the piano before I present thematic material for films and I thought it would be a good idea to go back to where a lot of the ideas came from and create an album," he said.
"They are tremendous memory joggers these tracks...I could tell a story about every one of them."
Listen to Patrick Doyle talking to Charlotte Green, here: