Tracksounds Rating = 7/10
, Produced and Conducted by Lee Holdridge
by Christopher Coleman
If sweetness had a sound, Lee Holdridge’s score for the
most recent incarnation of the Heidi story, could certainly be it.
Nearly every track exudes this candy-like music, which represents
the little miss. The majority of this disc just oozes with
"everything nice," but has its moments touching other emotions
as well. This promotional released CD is of satisfactory sound
quality, organization and one that will appease the harshest
The Overture, track 1, establishes the main theme of the
score, which appears and reappears throughout the 21 tracks of this
promotional release. Believe
it or not an even more pure, more sweet, more innocent version of this
theme is heard in track 13, Opening- Part 2.
Of course, it too, suits this story perfectly.
The most interesting use of the main theme comes at the conclusion
of the climactic track, Hanging on the Edge, and in the finale, where
Holdridge lets his orchestra cut as loose as they can on it.
It is certainly a credit to Holdridge to establish and maintain
such a high level of sugary-music.
My tooth begins to ache severely by the end of the CD!
There are a number tracks that capture alternative
atmospheres. Moments of
suspense that help bring some balance to the overall score can be heard in
track 3, John Leaves, track 8, Peter Running to Heidi, track 9,
the Church. The climax of the
film and the most suspenseful pieces of music takes place in track 20,
Hanging on the Edge.
Grandmother’s Farewell, track 17, is as one would expect,
very sad. Holdridge does an
excellent job of seizing this emotion and translating it to the listener
through the ebbs and flows of the strings.
Church Steeple, track 10, is an upbeat piece, that isn’t too far
off from Mark McKenzie’s work in Durango, but it doesn’t quite match
that sort of depth.
A track of particular note is track 14, Christmas
Lee Holdridge weaves one of the holiday season’s most beloved
tunes into his musical tapestry. The
piece begins simply, without any recognizable tune, but shortly moves into
and concludes with O Tannenbaum, played ever so tenderly on the strings. This track is
perfect for playing as one
stairs at the Christmas tree, with all the lights off after the kid-links
have been put to bed for the night.
Heidi represents the sixth volume from the series, The Film
Music of Lee Holdridge. The
music here is perfect for the story and Holdridge certainly demonstrates a
good dose of his skills. It
is sugar, spice and everything nice; however, the score isn’t one that
will knock you over.. It
certainly has some nice moments, but none that you will necessarily
whistle throughout the day. If one is reading, writing, doing ‘rithmethic, or just
plain ol’ relaxing, this CD might be a good candidate for your player.
It will not distract you much and will likely set you at ease.
|2||Up in the Mountains||1:27||****|
|5||Heidi and Peter||2:20||****|
|7||Lady of the Mountain||2:39||****|
|8||Peter Running to Heidi||2:09||***|
|9||Running to the Church||2:37||***|
|11||Kittens on the Pillow||0:41||**|
|12||The Arrival of Herr||1:05||****|
|13||Opening - Part Two||1:43||****|
|16||Back to the Mountains||2:03||****|
|20||Hanging on the Edge||3:52||**|
|21||Finally Home - Finale||4:13||****|
|Total Playing Time|
Basically, this is a very
experience. Nothing really exceptional, but it makes for a nicely lyrical
45 minutes and has been good to listen to while studying as classes wind
down for the semester. And that's about it. 8/10
Jason Blalock - Scoreland
|Track 13 - Opening Part 2||
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