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The Film Music of Alex North

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  • New Elia Kazan Box Set Includes Films Featured in Nonesuch Film Series

    Martin Scorsese has selected 15 films by fellow Academy Award-winning director Elia Kazan for the Elia Kazan Film Collection, a new, 18-disc box set, capturing what NPR's Fresh Air recently described as "some of the most mythic performances in film history." Included are three films whose scores were recorded for the Nonesuch Film Series: A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata!, and East of Eden.

About this Album

The "estimable stylistic arsenal" of composer Alex North (1910–1991), says the New York Times, is on display in this collection from the Nonesuch film series, including music from A Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus, The Misfits, Viva Zapata!, and The Bad Seed, "which draws on everything from the childlike simplicity of a borrowed French folk song to edgy, dramatic modernism to give dimension to the film's portrayal of a murderously devious child."


London Symphony Orchestra
Eric Stern, conductor

Produced by Tommy Krasker
Engineered by John McClure
Recorded December 1996 at Abbey Road Studios, London
Assistant Engineer: David Flower
Edited by Joel Moss, Signet Sound Studios, West Hollywood, CA, and by Ric Wilson, Digisonics, Northridge, CA
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME
Musical Consultant: John Waxman
Music Preparation by Mark McGurty, Seraphita Music, Ltd.

Design by Carbone Smolan Associates
Cover Photo: Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, © 1951 Charles Feldman Group Productions/Warner Bros. Museum.

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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