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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 week, Andrew Collins celebrates the movie music that made audiences sit up and listen: the Game Changers.
From Stanley Kubrick’s decision to use existing classical music in 2001: A Space Odyssey, to Maurice Jarre’s score for Doctor Zhivago that spawned a hit single, tonight’s show celebrates the music that’s delighted cinema-goers across the decades by defying expectations and pushing boundaries.
Further highlights include those opening notes in Jaws that added extra terror to the shark tale, and the use of quirky-sounding, instantly recognisable instruments by both Anton Karas in The Third Man and Thomas Newman in American Beauty.
Jane Campion’s multi-Oscar-winning classic, The Piano, returns to cinemas this weekend, marking the 25th anniversary of the original theatrical release. And tonight, Andrew Collins celebrates the music of the film’s composer, Michael Nyman.
Starting with musical selections from The Piano, Andrew will then turn to Nyman’s long-standing collaboration with director Peter Greenaway. The second hour of this ‘composer spotlight’ show is dedicated to Joe Hisaishi, known as the ‘John Williams of Japan’, and will focus on his contribution to the much-loved Studio Ghibli anime films including Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.