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Heidi
(1993)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ira Hearshen
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Prometheus Records (Promo)
(December, 1999)
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Promotional release, only available through soundtrack specialty outlets. This is the sixth entry in Holdridge's series of promotional albums (dating back to the mid-1990's).
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Buy it... if you are passionate about Lee Holdridge's pleasantly harmonic style for light dramas and also have an affinity for Mark McKenzie's similar music in the genre.

Avoid it... if you prefer Holdridge's more diverse, orchestrally robust adventure and drama work, most of which eclipses this Disney television music in terms of stature.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,187
WRITTEN 12/13/99, REVISED 6/15/08
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Heidi: (Lee Holdridge) The Johanna Spyri story of "Heidi" has been adapted to screen countless times over many decades, with no version as famous as the 1932 Shirley Temple classic. The Disney Channel telling of the tale in 1993 was a two-night event, dragging on for a lengthy 190+ minutes and starring Jason Robards and Jane Seymour. The story of the girl who has to choose between living with her grandfather in the Alps or with her disabled friend in the city is largely preserved, though this adaptation was criticized for allowing the decision process to drag on too long. A VHS release cut these scenes down by almost thirty minutes, though an eventual, basic DVD release in 2005 restored the movie as it was seen on television. The series was nominated in 1994 for a Golden Globe for "Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV," and still seems to be regarded as one of the better adaptations of the story available. During that era, composer Lee Holdridge was providing the kind of scores that Mark McKenzie and John Debney would provide wholesome Disney pictures of relative obscurity, and it's no surprise that Holdridge's score for "Heidi" sounds very much like something either of those other two composers would write for the occasion. Holdridge's score conveys the innocence of the story so well that it was mixed very prominently in the film itself, to such an extent that it even drew some criticism. That said, the standard dramatic and romantic scores by Holdridge during this time were always a safe bet, especially on album. In many ways, his career has been emulated by McKenzie; both composers seem to have a natural knack for capturing the flighty, child-like exuberance or light, whimsical wonder of a safe environment. Holdridge, ironically, didn't actually write many standard children's film scores at the time, and "Heidi" was largey an afterthought for even collectors of his music. A fraction of the score was released only as the sixth entry in Holdridge's personal promotional CD series.



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Average: 3.16 Stars
***** 54 5 Stars
**** 64 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:48
• 1. Overture (2:23)
• 2. Up in the Mountain (1:30)
• 3. John Leaves (2:12)
• 4. Starlit Night (1:57)
• 5. Heidi and Peter (2:23)
• 6. Breakfast (1:54)
• 7. Lady of the Mountain (2:41)
• 8. Peter Running to Heidi (2:12)
• 9. Running to the Church (2:41)
• 10. Church Steeple (1:14)
• 11. Kittens on the Pillow (0:43)
• 12. The Arrival of Herr (1:08)
• 13. Opening - Part Two (1:46)
• 14. Christmas Montage (2:36)
• 15. Strange Night (3:50)
• 16. Back to the Mountain (2:07)
• 17. Grandmother's Farewell (2:38)
• 18. Healthy Mountain Air (1:04)
• 19. Strange Procession (1:31)
• 20. Hanging on the Edge (3:55)
• 21. Finally Home - Finale (4:15)

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