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Sound of Music [Original Broadway Cast]
     

The Sound of Music [Original Broadway Cast]

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by Mary Martin
 

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's final gift to the American musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The magnificent and near-ubiquitous score -- "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss," and "Do-Re-Mi" are among the most popular theater songs ever written -- is well-served on the current Broadway revival recording.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's final gift to the American musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The magnificent and near-ubiquitous score -- "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss," and "Do-Re-Mi" are among the most popular theater songs ever written -- is well-served on the current Broadway revival recording. Rebecca Luker, in the role of Maria, the young nun whose heart is stolen by the Von Trapp family, has every bit of the sass and class of predecessors Mary Martin and Julie Andrews. This sparkling recording also contains two songs interpolated into the present stage production from the legendary 1965 film: "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good." The hills are definitely alive all over again.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rodgers & Hammerstein's final musical, The Sound of Music, was also a definitive work for the team in that it combined many elements common to their other shows, particularly South Pacific and The King and I: it was set in a foreign locale, it starred a female lead in charge of children, it concerned an unlikely romance between an older man and a younger woman, it had a social/political element, and it featured a stirring anthem for a soprano (in this case, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"). The "based on a true story" plot concerned an aspiring nun who becomes a governess in pre-World War II Austria, only to marry the children's father and flee with the family from the Nazis. Mary Martin played Maria, the postulant, and brought to the part her usual warmth and humor, along with a sense of authority born of decades of Broadway stardom. She was supported by an excellent cast including Patricia Neway, the Mother Abbess who sang "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"; folksinger Theodore Bikel in the male lead; and Kurt Kaszner and Marion Marlowe as collaborationists, plus, of course, the children, who joined in on soon-to-be standards such as "Do-Re-Mi." The massive success of the 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews tends to overshadow the stage production, so it's worth noting that this album topped the Billboard chart for 16 weeks and remains superior to the movie soundtrack, which deleted several key songs and added inferior ones written by Rodgers alone after Hammerstein's death. This CD reissue has noticeably improved sound and adds two bonus tracks: a 16-and-a-half-minute suite of the score put together by original orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett that constitutes a virtual overture and a version of "Do-Re-Mi" by Mitch Miller & the Sing-Along Chorus, with the children of the cast joining in.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2005
Label:
Rca Victor Europe
UPC:
0828767255729
catalogNumber:
672557

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Performance Credits

Mary Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Theodore Bikel   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbara George   Vocals
Mitch Miller   Track Performer
Nuns   Track Performer
Joey Heatherton   Vocals
Marion Marlowe   Vocals,Track Performer
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
Brian Davies   Vocals,Track Performer
John Randolph   Vocals
Keith Prentice   Vocals
Mitch Miller & the Sing-Along Gang   Track Performer
Patricia Neway   Vocals,Track Performer
Muriel O'Malley   Vocals,Track Performer
William Snowden   Vocals
Joseph Stewart   Vocals
William Steinberg   Track Performer
Kurt Kasznar   Vocals,Track Performer
Nan McFarland   Vocals
Lauri Peters   Vocals,Track Performer
Marilyn Rogers   Vocals
Tatiana Troyanos   Vocals
Ensemble   Track Performer
Bernice Saunders   Vocals
Patricia Kelly   Vocals
Karen Shepard   Vocals
Elizabeth Howell   Vocals
Lucas Hoving   Vocals
Sue Yaeger   Vocals
Luce Ennis   Vocals
Stefan Gierasch   Vocals
Michael Gorrin   Vocals
Evanna Lien   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mitch Miller   Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer,Liner Notes
Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Bud Graham   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Robert Waller   Engineer
Darcy Proper   Reissue Producer
Frederick Dvonch   Musical Director
Joe Layton   Contributor
Ken Fredette   Artwork
Trude Rittman   Arranger
Lucinda Ballard   Costume Design

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The Sound of Music 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although many people are prepared to worship this world-premiere Sound of Music recording with Mary Martin, I am muted in my response. It's true this version of TSOM presents the world-premiere version of the score (i.e. R&H's first thoughts) and it's true that Mary Martin is finding her dream in playing the role of Maria that she asked R&H to write for her. However, I find this recording a little trite and staid. The supporting cast is good (with Theodore Bikel as a touching Captain) and Max and the Baroness get rare deleted songs, but the children don't come off well with their grating voices, especially on Do-Re-Mi, Lonely Goatherd and So Long, Farewell. This recording at least allows us to hear the two deleted songs (How Can Love Survive and No Way to Stop It) and the original conception of the musical. And as much as Mary Martin sounds at her best during Ordinary Couple, this isn't enough to save this pedestrian song. It only serves to make the revisions of the film look positive. In short, I can only recommend this recording for its historical merit, but for those who really want that Sound of Music spirit I'd recommend the film soundtrack with Dame Julie and the 1998 revival with Rebecca Luker. But at least let's give Mary Martin her due credit otherwise without her we wouldn't have had a Sound of Music, just as we wouldn't have had a King and I without Gertrude Lawrence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago