Rank #1: The Atom
The programme features music from the films ‘Radioactive’; ‘X - The Unknown’; ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’; ‘Superman IV - The Quest For Peace’; ‘Edge Of Darkness’; ‘Goldfinger’; ‘Radium Girls’; ‘ The China Syndrome’; ‘Silkwood’; ‘Grand Central’; ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘The Atom - A Love Affair’. The Classic Score of the Week Is Leonard Rosenman’s extraordinary music for the 1970 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie, ‘Beneath The Planet of the Apes’.
May 23 2020
Rank #2: Danny Elfman
From his home in Santa Barbara he talks to Matthew Sweet about starting out in the business, working with Tim Burton, and the challenges of 2020.
May 16 2020
Rank #3: Studio Ghibli
The celebrated Japanese animation studio has produced some acclaimed titles including "Spirited Away", "The Princess Mononoke", "Laputa - Castle in the Sky"and "Porco Rosso". Aviation is often a prevailing theme of the films, reflecting Miyazaki's years growing up around his father's business in the Japanese aviation industry. Matthew talks to Justin Johnson of the British Film Institute about the films, and about the BFI's current Studio Ghibli Festival; and features work from one of the studio's foremost composers, Joe Hisaishi.
Matthew also turns his attention to other great film scores inspired by the theme of aviation, including The Battle of Britain; The Sound Barrier and The Aviator.
May 10 2014
Rank #4: Michael Giacchino
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Rank #5: Kaijū and the Japanese mega monster!
Jun 01 2019
Rank #6: James Horner
Jul 11 2015
Rank #7: Jerry Goldsmith 1/2
The Classic Score of the Week is Goldsmith's score for the 1976 film "The Omen", and there's also music from Goldsmith's scores to "Lonely are the brave", "Patton", "Chinatown", "Freud", "Planet of the Apes" and "Poltergeist".
Feb 21 2015
Rank #8: The Spaghetti Western
Aug 10 2019
Rank #9: God of War and Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary
Oct 19 2019
Rank #10: The 1940 Oscars
1939 had been a golden year for cinema. Among the scores and films that Matthew looks at are Erich Korngold's 'The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex'; Ferdinand Heinz Provost's 'Intermezzo'; Alfred Newman's 'Wuthering Heights'; Richard Addinsell's 'Goodbye Mr Chips'; Anthony Collin's 'Nurse Edith Cavell'; Aaron Copland's 'Of Mice And Men'; Max Steiner's 'Dark Victory'. 'Ninotchka'; 'Stagecoach'; 'The Wizard of Oz' and of course 'Gone With The Wind'.
Mar 03 2018
Rank #11: AR Rahman
In this dip into the world of Rahman we hear music from "Lagaan"; "Roja"; "Bombay"; "Taal"; "Warriors of Heaven and Earth"; "Elizabeth - The Golden Age" and "Couples Retreat".
The Classic Score of the Week is A.R. Rahman's music for Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire".
Aug 30 2014
Rank #12: Star Wars
Dec 19 2015
Rank #13: Howard Shore at 70
Howard talks about his working methods; his collaborations with directors David Cronenberg and Martin Scorsese; about writing music for Tolkien; and he introduces some of his concert music too.
Oct 21 2016
Rank #14: Batman v Superman
Matthew considers the background and origin of both cartoon superheroes and features some of the earliest Batman/Superman screen music - written by composers such as Sammy Timberg, Leon Klatzkin, Lee Zahler and Mischa Bakaleinikoff. And of course there are also the more familiar scores as well, from Neal Hefti, Danny Elfman, Shirley Walker, Elliot Goldenthal and Hans Zimmer.
The Classic Score of the Week is John Williams's iconic music for "Superman - The Movie".
Mar 31 2016
Rank #15: Father/Daughter
Jun 30 2018
Rank #16: Music and British Animation
And on a similar theme, as Incredibles 2 reaches UK screens this week, there's a chance to hear some of Michael Giacchino's new score.
Jul 14 2018
Rank #17: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
(first broadcast in 2017)
May 06 2017
Rank #18: Arthurian Legends
The programme includes music by Trevor Jones, Miklos Rozsa, Franz Waxman, Hans Zimmer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Lerner and Loewe, Anne Dudley and ... Monty Python?
The Classic Score of the Week is Ron Goodwin's "Gawain and the Green Knight".
May 20 2017
Rank #19: French Cinema
France was one of the first nations to recognise the possibilities of cinema and through the pioneering work of figures such as Auguste and Louis Lumière and Georges Méliès, it quickly established the foundations for a new form of art and entertainment.
Matthew and Guy begin at the beginning, on a whistle-stop tour of the story of French Film, to the present, taking in scores for films such as L'Atalante; Les Enfants du Paradis; French Cancan; The Red Balloon; Rififi; Les Quatre cents coups; À bout de souffle; Hiroshima mon amour; Betty Blue; Jean de Florette; The City of Lost Children and Intouchables.
The Classic Score of the Week is Michel Legrand's music for Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
Mar 23 2017
Rank #20: Brian Tyler
Tyler is especially known for his large orchestral, high octane scores associated with the action thriller and the superhero genres. He talks to Matthew about his work to date, his affection for someof the great film composers of the past, and about creating music for some of the biggest selling box-office successes of our time.
Apr 16 2016