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Fiddler on the Roof (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Cast Recording

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Fiddler was the longest-running Broadway show of its era, melting hearts from 1964-72 and winning nine Tonys. Relive an all-time classic as Zero Mostel and the cast bring Sholem Aleichem's stories to life with If I Were a Rich Man; Sunrise, Sunset; To Life , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prologue: Tradition
  2. Matchmaker - Tanya Everett
  3. If I Were a Rich Man
  4. Sabbath Prayer
  5. To Life
  6. Miracle of Miracles - Austin Pendleton
  7. The Dream
  8. Sunrise, Sunset
  9. Wedding Dance - Fiddler on the Roof Orchestra
  10. Now I Have Everything - Julia Migenes
  11. Do You Love Me?
  12. The Rumor - Paul Lipson
  13. Far from the Home I Love
  14. Anatevka


Product Details

  • Performer: Zero Mostel, Cast
  • Composer: Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick
  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B001VRDRHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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Fiddler On The Roof is one of few Broadway productions that has truly stood the test of time. As I write this, yet another revival of the show is on Broadway. This original cast recording is a superb souvenir of the way the musical really should sound. Sure, some people may say that Zero Mostel was "braying" when he sang--but he wasn't playing an opera singer! He was playing a poor man without any real education--so where was the surprise that he didn't sound like Pavarotti? Zero and the rest of the cast did a wonderful job with this musical; and this CD proves it.

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.
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