British musical traditions are evoked in two new scores by British composers. Scottish composer Craig Armstrong seems to have been inspired by the pastoral beauty of Ralph Vaughn Williams' popular piece The Lark Ascending for his luminous music for the new film version of Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd." And for the BBC series "Wolf Hall," set during the reign of King Henry VIII, English composer Debbie Wiseman has elegantly blended Tudor-era lutes, harpsichords and recorders with a modern scoring sensibility.
David Garland presents highlights from these scores, as well as music by Georges Delerue from "A Man for All Seasons," and by Richard Rodney Bennett from an earlier adaptation of "Far from the Madding Crowd." Plus, a subtle Brahms Intermezzo played by pianist Seymour Bernstein from Ethan Hawke's recent documentary about him, "Seymour, an Introduction."