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TV Themes of Nigel Hess

Hess: TV Themes

The Classical Shop
release date: September 1999

Originally recorded in 1998

Artists:

The London Film Orchestra


Nigel Hess


Chameleon

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Producer:

Nigel Hess



Record Label
Chandos Movies

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Film & TV Music

Total Time - 79:39
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TV Themes of Nigel Hess

 

NIGEL HESS

Select Complete Single Disc for
   
1 

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

2:47
  (BBC)  
  Phillip McCann cornet  
2 

Badger

2:31
  (Feelgood Fiction/BBC)  
  Pauline Cata Northumbrian pipes  
3 

The One Game*

3:08
  (Central TV)  
4 

Wycliffe

2:52
  (HTV)  
  Anthony Pleeth cello  
5 

A Woman of Substance

2:56
  (Portman/Channel 4)  
6 

Summer's Lease*

3:10
  (BBC)  
7 

Dangerfield

3:00
  (BBC)  
  Anthony Pleeth cello  
8 

Just William

2:29
  (Talisman/BBC)  
9 

Every Woman Knows a Secret

2:50
  (Carnival/ITV)  
  Mary Carewe vocal  
10 

Perfect Scoundrels

2:41
  (TVS)  
  Chris Laurence bass  
11 

Anna of the Five Towns

2:54
  (BBC)  
  Phillip McCann cornet  
12 

Campion

2:29
  (BBC)  
  John Bradbury violin  
13 

Maigret

2:53
  (Granada TV)  
  Olive Simpson vocal  
14 

Vidal in Venice

3:35
  (Antelope/Channel 4)  
  Gareth Hulse oboe - Jane Lister harp  
15 

Classic Adventure

2:42
  (Mosaic/BBC)  
16 

All Passion Spent

3:31
  (BBC)  
  David Firman piano  
17 

Chimera

3:27
  (Zenith/Anglia TV)  
  Olive Simpson vocal  
18 

Testament

3:22
  (Antelope/Channel 4)  
  Jeremy West cornet  
19 

Vanity Fair

2:34
  (BBC)  
  James Watson trumpet  
20 

An Affair in Mind

3:18
  (BBC)  
  Olive Simpson vocal  
21 

The London Embassy

2:47
  (Thames TV)  
  Maurice Murphy trumpet - Nigel Hess piano  
22 

Atlantis

3:35
  (BBC)  
  Phillip McCann cornet - Nigel Hess piano  
23 

A Hundred Acres

2:32
  (Antelope West/Channel 4)  
  Christopher Lacey flute  
24 

Growing Pains

3:07
  (BBC)  
  Nick Curtis vocal  
25 

Us Girls

2:44
  (BBC)  
26 

Titmuss Regained

2:46
  (New Penny/Thames TV)  
  Christopher Lacey recorder - Peter Willison cello  
27 

An Ideal Husband

2:59
  (Wilde Films)  
  Rolf Wilson violin  
Chandos launches a new label of music from the television with a selection of works from the English composer, Nigel Hess.

This disc includes music from the hugely successful BBC and independent productions: Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, Daingerfield, Maigret, An Ideal Husband and Badger.

There are three premiere recordings feature on this disc, including the theme from the BBC TV drama Badger performed on Northumbrian pipes by Pauline Cato. The disc is particularly attractive at mid-price.



Composing for Television:
‘From ‘Anna of the Five Towns’ to ‘Badger’, the TV themes on this album span fifteen years of composing music for
that smallscreen in the corner of the living room. The brief from each producer is nearly always the same: music is needed to give the programme an identity, a feel, to tell us where we are and who we’re with – a tune that will bring us in from making tea in the kitchen, a sound that tells is our favourite programme has just started. Sometimes the location sparks ideas: the brass band concert for ‘Hetty Wainthrop Investigates’ the Northumbrian pipes for ‘Badger’ and, inevitably, the piano accordian for ‘Maigret’, whose producer stressed the importance of music that was quintessentially Parisian.

The route to this television work came via the Footlights Review at Cambridge, conducting musicals in the West End and composing twenty scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Techniques learnt in the theatre are invaluable when applied to scoring music for film. On this CD you are hearing twenty-seven title themes, but for every one of these about twenty minutes of incidental music will have been composed in addition to the opening and closing music. In other words, music specially written for a six-part drama series, if played continuously, would last as lonf as a couple of Mahler symphonies. This ‘incidental’ scoring is the music you don’t notice, but it is often telling you how to feel or how to react to a dramatic scene – in other workds, it’s pure theatre, and the composer has to respond to the images in a way which enhances the drama.’

Nigel Hess



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