The Sound of Music [50th Anniversary Edition]

The Sound of Music [50th Anniversary Edition]

by Mary Martin
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The Sound of Music 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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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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