The Sound of Music [Original Broadway Cast]

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2005
  • Label: Rca Victor Europe
  • UPC: 828767255729
  • Catalog Number: 672557
  • Sales rank: 107,572

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Preludium (2:20)
  2. 2 The Sound of Music (2:43)
  3. 3 Maria (3:24)
  4. 4 My Favorite Things - Patricia Neway (2:50)
  5. 5 Do-Re-Mi (5:56)
  6. 6 Sixteen Going on Seventeen (3:52)
  7. 7 The Lonely Goatherd (3:23)
  8. 8 How Can Love Survive? (3:05)
  9. 9 The Sound of Music (Reprise) (3:15)
  10. 10 Laendler (2:26)
  11. 11 So Long, Farewell (2:53)
  12. 12 Climb Ev'ry Mountain (3:33)
  13. 13 No Way to Stop It (3:07)
  14. 14 An Ordinary Couple (3:37)
  15. 15 Processional (3:52)
  16. 16 Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise) - Lauri Peters (2:19)
  17. 17 Edelweiss (2:08)
  18. 18 Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Reprise) (1:40)
  19. 19 The Sound of Music (16:41)
  20. 20 Do-Re-Mi - Mitch Miller & the Sing-Along Gang (2:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Martin Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
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 II Composer
Frank Laico Engineer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Robert Waller Engineer
Darcy Proper Reissue Producer, Mastering
Frederick Dvonch Musical Director
Joe Layton Contributor
Ken Fredette Artwork
Trude Rittman Arranger
Lucinda Ballard Costume Design
Dawn Frank Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    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.

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