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Fiddler on the Roof: Original Broadway Cast [Imported from England 1966] [Import, Cast Recording]

Julia Migenes, Beatrice Arthur, Maria Karnilova, Bert Convy, Jerry Bock, Fiddler On The Roof (Related Recordings), Sheldon Harnick, Zero MostelVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl
  • Format: Import, Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B006PG1E9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beloved Broadway musical of the 1960's February 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It might seem an odd choice for the honor, but "Fiddler on the Roof" is undoubtedly the most beloved Broadway musical of the Sixties. The book by Joseph Stein is based upon the stories of Sholem Aleichem, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, the songwriting team whose earlier Tony Award winning success "Fiorello!" certainly never suggested they could create something as wonderful as "Fiddler." Zero Mostel heads the cast as Tevye, the dairyman, with Maria Karnilova as Golde, his wife, who, with "Do You Love Me?" have the best love duet between two married people in musical history.
At the heart of the story are the efforts by Tevye to deal with the way God keeps presenting him with challenges, from needing to take care of a lame horse ("If I Were A Rich Man"), to getting his oldest daughter engaged to one man ("To Life") only to see her marry another ("Sunrise, Sunset"), and finally to leave the only home he has ever known to travel to America ("Anatevka"). Throughout it all Tevye tries to remain true to the traditions of his community ("Prologue--Tradition") and his faith ("Sabbath Prayer"). The cast features Beatrice Arthur as Yente the matchmaker ("The Rumor"), Austin Pendleton as Motel the tailor ("Miracle of Miracles"), Bert Convy as Perchik the student ("Now I Have Everything"), Joanna Merlin as the eldest daughter Tzeitel ("Matchmaker") and future opera star Julia Migenes as the second oldest daughter Hodel ("Far from the Home I Love").
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical lesson in tradition June 8, 2000
By Donald
Format:Audio CD
This score, though considered by most to be beautiful and moving, is rarely given credit for its true artistry and thematic significance. FIDDLER is a musical about a man, Tevye, struggling with the challanges that come with attempting to hold firm to one's traditions in the ever changing society. The music reflects this dichotomey. Songs that characterize events in the play in which tradition is upheld, such as "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "Sabbath Prayer" have a hebrew feel to them. Other songs--such as the song sung by the young tailor, Motel, who wishes to marry Tevye's even though it was not arranged for him to do so--are in "Broadway style." In the song "Far from the home I love" Tevye's middle daughter explains her turmoil when she must chose between a traditional life at home or an uncertain life with the revolutionary she has fallen in love with. The song oscilates between major and minor keys, making the song sound traditionally Hebrew at one verse and more typically "broadway" in the next. The thematically significant score is also a delight to listen to. The melodies soar, the lyrics charm, and the orchestrations are top notch.
Though this cast may not have the most soothing voices, their voices fit perfectly with the characters. When you listen ot a track on this CD, you don't hear Zero Mostle sing "If I Were a Rich Man," you hear Tevye. The actor's abitilty to tranfer their characterization to the CD is amazing, making this recording the best to have. FIDDLER is one of the most beloved musicals of all time; listen to this recording and you will understand why.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark Acomplishment.....by Zero Mostel December 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ahhhhh...what can you say about "Fiddler on the Roof" that hasn't already been said. This landmark in American Musical Theater (and in theater in general) is forever perserved in this timeless recording. Bock and Harnick songs vividly bring the story of Tevye, the poor milkman, to life. The songs are so touching and reflect the emotions of all, while entertaining even the most avid musical-hater (shame on you).
However, the greatest accomplishment belongs not to Bock, Harnick, Harold Prince or Jerome Robbins (who directed). The man who personifies and carries (and downright dominates) this show is the great Zero Mostel. His acting, voice and comedic timing are greatly shown in this, his definitive role. He makes "Fiddler on the Roof".
In the interviews with Sheldon Harnick (lyricist) that are on this CD (another reason to buy it), he mentions that Zero recorded "If I Were A Rich Man" in only ONE take. Amazing. As is this CD.
Even if you are the most avid musical-hater, or a musical theater junkie like me, you will enjoy the classics like "If I Were A Rich Man", "Sunrise, Sunset" and "Tradition", while savoring songs which they cut, like the histerical "When Messiah Comes".
All-in-all, a fabulous CD! Well worth the price.
******Also, make sure you see and listen to Zero Mostel in Stephen Sondheim's "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum." Either buy the movie or the cast recording! You'll be glad you did!
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great recording - Poor packaging November 15, 2004
By Pope
Format:Audio CD
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has been a bestseller for RCA for forty years now, and I will not dispute that. I love the movie soundtrack, and the 1967 London cast recording with Topol is acceptable, but the ORIGINAL has remained the best. The cast is superb and performances are glorious. I'm only disappointed that I wasn't alive back in the 60s to see this on Broadway. I'm not sure if the recording was remastered for this "deluxe edition" release or not, but it sounds glorious. I've had the LP for quite some time now, but seeing an outstanding local community theatre group production of FIDDLER a year ago at the historic Al Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, Wis., compelled me to obtain this on CD.

This release, however, gets only 3 stars because of the moronic, cheap packaging that RCA devoted to this deluxe edition of an album that has been a show music best-seller for them for forty years. All that the CD comes in is basically a cheap thin open-out cardboard sleeve with a CD tray on one side and the liner notes glued to the other. As another reviewer states in his/her review of the similar HELLO DOLLY deluxe edition, this is NOT the proper way to store CDs. The bonus tracks alone do not make this special edition worth the purchase. In bonus tracks, I like to see outtakes that were originally recorded by the cast and subsequently dropped. I really think we could do without the studio and radio interviews that labels (most notably Columbia) have been resorting to for inclusion on Broadway discs under the banner of special features or bonus tracks.

By all means, DO look for this recording in its previous CD incarnation from RCA, which is still in print, but avoid the deluxe edition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as I remembered it!
Can't beat "TRADITION"! And the Bottle Dance...my FAVORITE (especially as a Clarinet Player!)
Will enjoy listening to this over and over!
Published 1 month ago by Sabrina Ingalls
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My record arrived much sooner than expected and was in better condition than I was expecting. Haven't gotten the chance to listen to it yet, as I still don't have a turntable yet,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
The sound is great and I appreciate the simple packaging instead of the plastic which is hard to open and takes up more room as well as challenging the environment.
Published 1 month ago by Fredericktonian
3.0 out of 5 stars fiddler on the roof
haven't heard any of these songs since I was a teenager and that was many, many years ago. A delightful recording and some interviewing with the composer, very interesting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vito
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway is Best
I now have both versions of this musical, the Broadway cast album and the movie soundtrack. This is by far the better of the two. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book-it!
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mother Loves This
This was a gift to my mother and she LOVES it! She plays it all the time & couldn't be happier! The CD arrived on time, and in perfect condition.
Published 3 months ago by Cheryl G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Great music, great story. I love having the "not included in the musical" songs. If you're a Fiddler fan, get this!
Published 6 months ago by Randy White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
Delivery was quick. t's a Christmas gift requested by a friend. She'll love it. Thanks so much for helping me find what she wanted.
Published 7 months ago by Mary Liston
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiddler cd with Zero Mostel
Great recording of Fiddler, I was in the show in Community theater and it helped me alot learning the songs and some solos I had. buy it, you''ll love it
Published 7 months ago by Geraldine Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
Great music, incredible show. I listen quite often during work and to relax. I exercise to this, walk, and work with this music
Published 7 months ago by bwolz
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