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Fiddler on the Roof [30th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Originally released as a double-LP set and now on one CD, the gold-selling soundtrack album for the screen adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, which became the top-grossing film of 1971, stretched out Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's song score with musical adaptations by conductor John Williams, who used a giant orchestra and chorus that sounded like it was far bigger than the population of the little village of Anatevka. (Williams won the Academy Award for musical adaptation for his trouble.) There was plenty of screen dialogue, too. But the appeal of the work continued to be the wonderful songs "Tradition," "Matchmaker," "If I Were a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Originally released as a double-LP set and now on one CD, the gold-selling soundtrack album for the screen adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, which became the top-grossing film of 1971, stretched out Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's song score with musical adaptations by conductor John Williams, who used a giant orchestra and chorus that sounded like it was far bigger than the population of the little village of Anatevka. (Williams won the Academy Award for musical adaptation for his trouble.) There was plenty of screen dialogue, too. But the appeal of the work continued to be the wonderful songs "Tradition," "Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "To Life," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "Do You Love Me." Topol, who repeated his starring performance as Tevye from the London stage version, wasn't as funny as Zero Mostel, who created the part on Broadway, but gave it more gravity. Occasionally on the soundtrack he sounded so tired, though, that he barely got his lines out. Happily, he nailed "If I Were a Rich Man," which is Tevye's real showcase number. The soundtrack also includes one song, "Chavaleh," here called "Chava Ballet Sequence," that was cut from the stage show, though a song that was in the show, "Now I Have Everything," has been dropped. Still, the Fiddler on the Roof album to buy is the original Broadway cast recording. The 2001 CD reissue is even more the creature of Williams than of Bock and Harnick, adding several short instrumental orchestral pieces. But it also adds a good previously unheard song, "Any Day Now," sung by Paul Michael Glaser, who played Perchik, and probably intended to replace "Now I Have Everything," although it, too, was left on the cutting room floor of a film that already ran three hours.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353526627
  • Catalog Number: 35266
  • Sales rank: 8,059

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Primary Artist, Conductor
Molly Picon Vocals
Paul Mann Vocals
John Williams Conductor
Leonard Frey Vocals
Barry Dennen Vocals
Neva Small Vocals
Isaac Stern Violin, Vocals, Soloist
Ruth Madoc Vocals
Chaim Topol Vocals
Chaim Topol Vocals
Rosalind Harris Vocals
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Adaptation
Sheldon Harnick Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes, Reissue Liner Notes
John Hendrickson Remixing
Ron McMaster Remastering
Cheryl Pawelski Producer
John Williams Adaptation
Norman Jewison Director, Producer
Anita Camarata Music Executive
Darren Wong Art Direction
Bryan Kelley Producer
Gregg Ogorzelec Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Relena

    To Life. That's song I'll never forget. I had to dance to it in a dance show my high school dance teacher concocted. It was great! I listened to the other songs and was pleased with what I heard. Good Job!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved It

    I play it all the time. It is my favorite CD, the sound track from my favorite VHS of Fiddler on the Roof. It is perfect from start to finish. I have never been as happy as I am with this CD. Perfect from start to finish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spectacular!!

    I cry just listening to this music. It's just like watching the movie. Topal is the perfect Tevye.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    soundtrack

    I liked the soundtracks because the songs were very melodius and grand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS IT

    This is hust like you are watching the movie. Topal's deap voice is just what you need to make this right. AMAZING

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 24, 2010

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