Fiddler on the Roof (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Cast Recording
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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").Read more ›
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.
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!
A great song depicting the very old fashioned life they lived is the opening number entitled "Tradition." Zero and the cast sing of how their lives are governed by tradition. With this song the characters tell the audience that although they may not understand why these traditions exist, these traditions provide the villagers with a structure for living life that they all can follow as peacefully as possible.
The CD has the songs of the musical in the order they are performed on the stage which is, of course, a tradition! (SMILE) The quality of the sound is excellent and there are several very touching songs to highlight this show about a Russian Jewish family at the turn of the last century. My personal favorite, a song that usually moves me to tears when I almost never cry, is "Sunrise, Sunset." In the song "Sunrise, Sunset," Zero Mostel and the others in the cast use a wedding as an opportunity to reflect on how fast time passes and how short our time on Earth actually is. The musical arrangement is very well done.
The closing number, "Anatevka," is especially powerful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all time favorite musicals. I listen to this @ work, and also in my car. Original cast, including Zero Mostel.Published 19 days ago by LDB
I'm a bit biased, as the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, but "Fiddler" has had a special place in my heart since I was a child. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Bruce Feist
enjoyed it very much. brought back fond memories of when I was young.Published 29 days ago by tina j hoffman
A Broadway show doesn't come any better than the original version of fiddler on the roof!Published 1 month ago by RGL
Fiddler is one of my favorite musicals, so it's nice to have remastered versions of these songs. The extras are great to listen to once but I won't be adding them to my MP3 queue.Published 3 months ago by J. Allan