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Whether it’s original film soundtracks or classical music put to powerful effect on the big screen, Classic FM invites you on a weekly journey through the finest film scores, every Saturday at 5pm with Andrew Collins.
Each week, we showcase a selection of film soundtracks, from the latest releases by the likes of Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman or John Williams to historic scores by Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams and Korngold.
Every few months we’ll broadcast a video game music special, too, making us pretty much the only radio station in the UK that regularly plays this popular genre.
This evening, Andrew Collins shines the spotlight on music composed for documentaries and factual programmes.
Hans Zimmer’s music for Blue Planet II and Philip Glass’s score for Jane, the documentary about anthropologist Jane Goodall, make an appearance, along with music by Max Richter that features in Michael Moore’s latest film, Fahrenheit 11/9.
Andrew Collins explores ‘second choice composers’ – or rather, the composers who ended up stepping in to score films for a variety of reasons, from scheduling conflicts to actual conflicts!
Highlights include music by Michael Giacchino, who cancelled his holiday to score Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, composing two hours of music in under five weeks, and Jerry Goldsmith, who replaced Randy Newman on Air Force One and had less than a fortnight to write and record the music. Andrew also tells the story of Bernard Herrmann’s infamous departure from Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain, with selections from both Herrmann’s rejected music and John Addison’s final score.
Andrew Collins turns to the popular subject of collaborations between film directors and composers, with a celebration of fruitful creative partnerships across the decades.
Tonight’s selections include David Lean and Maurice Jarre’s partnership, which resulted in the timeless music for Lawrence of Arabia and Dr Zhivago, as well as Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone’s instantly recognisable ‘Spaghetti Western’ sound.
More recent successes also feature, such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonny Greenwood’s collaborations including There Will Be Blood and Phantom Thread, along with Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz, taking us to the starry heights of La La Land.
One of the most popular and influential directors and producers in film history, Steven Spielberg, turns 72 on 18th December, so Andrew Collins selects two hours of music from films, television series and video games that have benefited from Spielberg’s Midas touch.
Andrew features some of his recent directorial projects Ready Player One and The Post alongside classics like E.T. and the video game Medal of Honour, which was created by Spielberg and his team at DreamWorks Interactive shortly after he composed the score for Saving Private Ryan.