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 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I spotted this CD of A Streetcar Named Desire conducted by a chap called Heindorf. Is this recording a good one?

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I spotted this CD of A Streetcar Named Desire conducted by a chap called Heindorf. Is this recording a good one?

Cheers



As far as I can tell it's the original soundtrack recording, North as a rule didn't conduct many of his scores for the most part of his career.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   Southall   (Member)

Ray Heindorf did indeed conduct the original sessions. I believe he also recorded a suite from the score which isn't terribly complete - I don't know whether it's that which is available on CD. The only release I actually have is the Goldsmith re-recording (which is pretty damn near perfect)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

The Heindorf is the soundtrack.
The goldsmith is far from perfect beginning with a main tile that has measures missing and some instruments.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

The Heindorf is the soundtrack.
The goldsmith is far from perfect beginning with a main tile that has measures missing and some instruments.


I have both, but prefer the Heindorf soundtrack, even if it is mono.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   ed weinman   (Member)

The Heindorf version is, indeed, the soundtrack.

His performance with the Warner Bros. Orchestra is superb! I have the 10" Capital mono recording and cherish it. I believe that Capital subsequently released it, with other musical material, on a 12" lp.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

"A chap called Heindorf". Ray Heindorf, "chap" was one of the great filmmusic conductors, and the sound he got from the recording engineers on the Warner stage is unbelievably great.

As to the Varese - I hate to say it, for obvious reasons, but I find it just awful. Not a patch on Mr. Heindorf, I'm afraid.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

While the subject of STREETCAR is on the table,

Have any of you heard the STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Ballet that was released a number of years ago Conducted by the Late Miltion Rosenstock???

You can go to the official Alex North site and hear a audio sample:

http://alexnorthmusic.com/streetcar.html

It's not soundtrack, but it's a damn fine work by North turning his film score into a really good concert work.

Ford A. Thaxton


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2004 - 10:35 PM   
 By:   Big Planet   (Member)

Heindorf also made a couple of great recordings for Warner Bros Records in 1958 - a recording of Young's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" & a recording of Rozsa's "Spellbound", both of which were once available on Stanyan CDs. They were recorded in the early days of stereo and had great fidelity at that time. Even today, they sound fine.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

So the Capitol 10", later reissued on an Angel LP, consists of actual film tracks?

And what is wrong with the Varese? I have both and like both.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

So the Capitol 10", later reissued on an Angel LP, consists of actual film tracks


The Capitol Records cover identifies itself as "Music from the original sound track of the motion picture."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


The Capitol Records cover identifies itself as "Music from the original sound track of the motion picture."


MANY albums were identified as such but were in fact re- records.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Yup, it's the original. Capitol released a few actual WB soundtracks. Also THE EDDIE CANTOR STORY and CALAMITY JANE.

Do others come to mind?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

Yup, it's the original. Capitol released a few actual WB soundtracks. Also THE EDDIE CANTOR STORY and CALAMITY JANE.

Do others come to mind?


CALAMITY JANE was on Columbia

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   jskoda   (Member)

Yup, it's the original. Capitol released a few actual WB soundtracks. Also THE EDDIE CANTOR STORY and CALAMITY JANE.

Do others come to mind?


GIANT

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

CALAMITY JANE was on Columbia

Of course. Doris was under contract. My bad.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Piggybacking on the post of the estimable Mr. Thaxton, in addition to the CD of the ballet, a CD was also released of a solo piano version of the North STREETCAR music.

http://www.amazon.com/American-Piano-1-Alan-Mandel/dp/B00000205L/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1407541524&sr=1-1&keywords=alex+north+streetcar+piano

To say nothing of the sheet music:

http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Norths-Streetcar-Named-Desire/dp/B0013GKGQI/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1407541670&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=alex+north+piano+streetcar

Here's the CD of the ballet:

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/2691453/a/alex+north%3A+a+streetcar+named+desire+%2F+rosenstock.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Thanks all. Back to my earlier question: Do some people not like the Varese recording? I realize this is a very old thread. I think it is very faithful.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

The Capitol Records cover identifies itself as "Music from the original sound track of the motion picture." . . . MANY albums were identified as such but were in fact re- records.

Many? I'm not so sure. Can you list some examples? Far more common were such labels as "Music from the Motion Picture," "Original Motion Picture Score," etc.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

I spotted this CD of A Streetcar Named Desire conducted by a chap called Heindorf. Is this recording a good one?

Cheers




Even if it weren't the OST, which it is, Heindorf's credentials as one of Hollwood's greatest orchestrators, and a good composer in his own right would ensure it was a fine recording.

I have both the OST and the Goldsmith. I find them both very fine. The LSO suite with Eric Stern is ... okay.

 
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