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Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Richard Rodgers , Jane Manning , Sergio Franchi , Stephen Sondheim Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Act I: Someone Woke Up (Voice) 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Do I Hear A Waltz?: This Week Americans (Voice) 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Do I Hear A Waltz?: What Do We Do? We Fly! (Voice) 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Someone Like You (Voice) 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Bargaining (Voice) 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Here We Are Again (Voice) 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Thinking (Voice) 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Do I Hear A Waltz?: No Understand (Voice) 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Take The Moment (Voice) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Act II: Moon In My Window (Voice) 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. We're Gonna Be All Right (Voice) 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Do I Hear A Waltz? (Voice) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Stay (Voice) 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Perfectly Lovely Couple (Voice) 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Do I Hear A Waltz?: Thank You So Much (Voice) 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Richard Rodgers, Jane Manning, Sergio Franchi, Stephen Sondheim
  • Audio CD (November 24, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027WA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite musical March 15, 2003
By Bill
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of musicals, and surprisingly enough, if I were stranded on an island with a CD player and one show recording, this would be it. It does not give even a hint of the tensions that surfaced between the three major creative artists involved. The Rodgers music and Sondheim lyrics are perfect, and the performances (particularly Franchi) could not be better. The whole thing is charm distilled to its essence.

Do I Hear a Waltz? (Pasadena Playhouse Cast) is also quite good, although in different ways. Some performance are stronger (Carol Lawrence is a delight and Alyson Reed adds welcome depth to her role), but some are weaker (Anthony Crivello, though good, just doesn't have Franchi's pipes).

I'd start with this one. If you love it, as I do, you'll pick up the other CD (which has music and dialogue not in the original cast recording) right after.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Rodgers, Great Sondheim, Great Singing November 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It was never the greatest show, but it makes one of the best original cast albums I've ever heard. "Do I Hear A Waltz?" has a terrific Richard Rodgers score, and the performances to back it up. Elizabeth Allen has a big, belting voice that supposedly worked against her characterisation in the show itself, but it's a delight to hear on this album. Sergio Franchi has the most supple, perfectly controlled male voice I've ever heard; not only can he handle the big aria-like numbers like "Stay" and "Take the Moment", he's a comedy delight in "Bargaining" where he effortlessly, instantly, and repeatedly switches from his trademark tenor to a glorious falsetto, and back again.
Stephen Sondheim did the lyrics, and one example should suffice to let you know how good they are: "Such lovely Blue Danube-y music / How can you be still?", from the title song.
Fair warning- when you hear this CD for the first time, you're going to get a lump in your throat when you hear the last track. It's called "Thank You So Much", and it's the perfect musical expression of something we've all been through: a relationship that must end, even though it was great and neither party wants it to.
Someday, hopefully, someone will revive this show, and lick the book problems, and cast it perfectly, and it will be a huge hit. Until then, we have this album, and the show we see in our heads as we listen. That's more than consolation, it's a grand time indeed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Someone Woke Up....." October 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
So begins the delightful DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, one of Richard Rodgers' most accomplished post-Hammerstein scores. Not since his days with Lorenz Hart had Rodgers written such an energetic, youthful and joyful score. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics are witty and wonderful. DO I HEAR A WALTZ? received a lukewarm response from critics and audiences, lasting only 220 performances at the 46th Street Theatre.
Based on Arthur Laurents' play THE TIME OF THE CUCKOO (which turned into the film SUMMERTIME starring Katharine Hepburn), the story concerns a teacher, Leona Samish (played by Elizabeth Allen), who's holiday in Venice is dominated by her romance with the handsome Renato di Rossi (played by Sergio Franchi). There are also a host of colorful supporting characters including the ebullient hotelier Signora Fioria (Carol Bruce - SARATOGA).
The score is delicious with the opening number perfectly setting up the scene ("Someone Woke Up"), to Fioria's big number "This Week Americans", and the 11 o'clock number "Stay". There's also the Title Song, sung for all its worth by the delicious belt of Elizabeth Allen.
For all the problems that plagued the musical during its inception, nothing shows on the sparkling cast album, where it sounds like the biggest hit of the season. For Broadway fans, this CD is a must-own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brimming with atmosphere, melody and charm August 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
'Do I Hear A Waltz' ranks as one of my favourite scores for a musical, although it's hard to analyse why.
The great strength of this recording is the superb sound - the orchestra sounds marvellous - clear and classy. You do actually feel as if you are in the theatre, which many show recordings don't quite manage.
The plus of the score is it's being unknown - you'll never hear these songs on the radio, at concerts, etc. They don't stand up separately particularly well, as many Rodgers and Hammerstein do - this Rodgers and Sondheim album needs to be listened to as a whole. Any problems in book, casting, etc, disappear in this beautiful recording. The music just bubbles along - it's quite unique. Highlights must be Elizabeth Allen's drivingly passionate opening 'Someone Woke Up,' Allen and Sergio Franchi doing their twin soliloquies in 'Thinking,','Here We Are Again', a catchy melody with huge sounding choral background, and the lilting title song.
Any fans of Rodgers, or musicals full-stop, who like finding rarities, should go straight to this - give it time to grow on you, and you'll love it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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When most people (well, most theater people) hear the phrase "Do I Hear A Waltz?" they think flop, disaster, mediocre, an unexciting show better known for the backstage problems than anything else. This reputation is totally unwarrented. Although the original production may have been stilted and dry, and flawed in any number of ways, the score is utterly charming, and certainly the last great work Richard Rogers ever did. From the driving opening to the first couple ensemble numbers to the more dramatic songs, this score holds up favorably against many other shows that were far more successful. Some numbers dont work - Perfectly Lovely Couple and No Understand are really just filler - and some of the romantic songs tend to announce themselves a little to much; also, Stay really does sound like a lament from the Russian steppes, as someone else pointed out. The lyrics, while clever and impeccable (would you expect any less?) aren't all that interesting, and it's pretty clear that Songheim didnt have too much interest in what he was writing. But all things considered, this score is lovely, charming, and slight, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well I like it
Despite being the only thing in his repertory that Sondheim wishes he had never done, this musical is not half bad. Read more
Published 15 months ago by frothy
4.0 out of 5 stars Rodgers and Sondheim, A Great Combination!!
Much analysis has been made about the fact that Steve and Dick did not particularly care for each other, however they apparently put differences aside and created the score for a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tom George
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for your Collection
Lovers of music are probably always on the search for a suite of works he or she has not heard before-especially composers, interested in "new" melody and tempo ideas. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Audioampbuilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Sondheim provides lyrics, Rogers provides lyricism
In 1965 no one was going to let a whippersnapper like Stephen Sondheim blast his way through the veils of hypocrisy that shroud relationships. Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by Christina Paige
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a Warning
If you are like me and thinking of getting this only because you are a fan of Sergio Franchi, then be careful. Read more
Published on August 5, 2011 by Jeff Raymond
1.0 out of 5 stars No one paid the piper so he's very vindictive...
I can understand why this musical was not a success though the recording was so awful I may have missed some witty dialogue in the songs. Read more
Published on November 9, 2010 by Errntknght
5.0 out of 5 stars A real delight!
This was one of the first cast albums I ever bought. Back in the summer of '65 it was constantly on my turntable much to the chagring of my mother who grew tired of hearing me sing... Read more
Published on March 27, 2010 by Laurence G. Dorning
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blue Danub-e Musical!!
This is another winner with charming music, excellent cast, and performances...I purchased the LP of this album years ago, when it first came out and then replaced it with the CD... Read more
Published on August 21, 2009 by D. Morse
4.0 out of 5 stars In the old fashioned way
Based on SUMMERTIME, the David Lean classic with Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi, this musical will delight audiences addicted to conventional, old fashioned, well-crafted... Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by Julio Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars You always will hear a waltz from Richard Rodgers
An example of Rodgers trying to fit in a new contributor of lyrics, but the match wasn't there, yet even so, his melodic mastery shone through.
Published on January 13, 2007 by John Bliss
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