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The Sound of Music (1959 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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The one and only original, starring Mary Martin! Richard Rodgers contributed the liner notes to this remastered reissue, which comes complete with original reviews, press clips, artwork, photos, Playbill and more-plus bonus material!

Most of the civilized world identifies this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with the Robert Wise film, one of the most successful movie musicals of all time ("The Sound of Money," critic Pauline Kael termed it). Which is why this recording can be so disconcerting. Not only are there different tunes ("How Can Love Survive," "Laendler," "No Way to Stop It," but no "Confidence" or "Something Good," both written for the film), but Captain Von Trapp is played by heavyset folksinger Theodore Bikel, a far cry from young Christopher Plummer. Mary Martin was not only much older than the film's Julie Andrews, she wasn't even British! Then again, neither was the real Maria--and the stage version is, in many ways, more faithful to the Von Trapp Family Singers' true story. --Bill Holdship

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Preludium - The Sound of Music Ensemble
  2. The Sound of Music - Mary Martin
  3. Maria - Patricia Neway
  4. My Favorite Things - Patricia Neway
  5. Do-Re-Mi - William Snowden
  6. Sixteen Going on Seventeen - Lauri Peters
  7. The Lonely Goatherd - William Snowden
  8. How Can Love Survive? - Marion Marlowe
  9. The Sound of Music (Reprise) - William Snowden
  10. Laendler - The Sound of Music Orchestra
  11. So Long, Farewell - William Snowden
  12. Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Patricia Neway
  13. No Way to Stop It - Theodore Bikel
  14. An Ordinary Couple - Theodore Bikel
  15. Processional - The Sound of Music Ensemble
  16. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise) - Mary Martin
  17. Edelweiss - William Snowden
  18. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Reprise) - The Sound of Music Ensemble
  19. The Sound of Music Suite for Orchestra: A Symphonic Picture for Orchestra (Bonus Track) - William Steinberg
  20. Do-Re-Mi (Bonus Track) - Mitch Miller & The Sing-Along Gang

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: September 15, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Classical / Columbia / Legacy
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000AG6Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nowadays most people are familiar with the SOUND OF MUSIC from the wonderful 1965 motion picture starring Julie Andrews, which just received it's DVD debut this August. The DVD along with the 35TH Anniversary Edition (2 CD) Motion Picture Soundtrack, also recently released, are real winners.
But how many people have heard the 1959 Original Broadway Cast recording starring Mary Martin? Not as many, I suspect. The subject of this review is a treasure that any true SOUND OF MUSIC buff MUST own. This digitally re-mastered recording sounds so fresh and vibrant that you would think it was just recorded!
Mary Martin's singing is lovely and constrasts nicely with that of Julie Andrews. As with most Broadway musicals, there are several songs that were not in the movie: "How Can Love Survive", "No Way to Stop It", and "An Ordinary Couple", which are all great. You won't find "I Have Confidence" or "Something Good" here, since these songs were written by Richard Rodgers alone (Oscar Hammerstein had already passed away) for the motion picture. No big loss in my opinion, as these songs are rather weak anyway.
The liner notes that come with the CD are informative, complete with cast photos. Along with the soundtrack come two bonus tracks which are like icing on the cake. My favorite is a beautifully performed orchestral medley lasting 16 minutes called "The Sound of Music-A Symphonic Picture for Orchestra". The other bonus track is a lively rendition of "Do-Re-Mi" performed by the Mitch Miller choir and the Sound of Music kids. Did I mention that this CD is at a bargain price too?
With all it has going for it, this SOUND OF MUSIC is worth it's weight in gold. This is a disc that you will return to often with the greatest of pleasure. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Julie Andrews was the definitive Eliza Doolittle (and should have played her in the movie version of "My Fair Lady"), but the role of Maria in "The Sound of Music" belongs to the Queen of the Broadway Musical, Mary Martin. What a voice! What delivery! The stage version of the *musical aspects* of "The Sound of Music" simply outshines the Hollywood version, in my opinion. Not only is this because of the stellar performances by Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, but because for some strange reason, the producers of the movie removed some fine songs (e.g., "There's No Way To Stop It") and substituted cheesy and unmemorable ones in their place. Why? The movie was a highly entertaining presentation of the *story* of the von Trapp family, but if you want a cd that presents the best version of the *music* from this terrific show, get the Broadway version!
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It is the most complete version of the original stage score. True, "How Can Love Survive" and "No Way to Stop It" would have no place in the movie, but they are enjoyable on the cast album.
R & H were probably rushed on this one. FLOWER DRUM SONG opened Dec 1, 1958..which gave them just 9 months to get SOUND OF MUSIC ready for rehearsals in August 1959. Some of the ideas Ernest Lehman came up with for the film, especially the song placements, were improvements that might have occurred to Rodgers, Hammerstein and company had they not been rushing to make an opening night.
Mary Martin maybe was too old..she looks too old in the pictures, but the warmth in her voice is unmistakable. Remember too that while starring in SOUND OF MUSIC on Broadway she taped the 3rd TV version of PETER PAN and pulled off playing a 12 year old boy! A great actress!!
Theodore Bikel was perfect as the Captain and as a folk singer himself he knew what to do with "Edelwiss." (Even though Christopher Plummer was dubbed in the movie by Bill Lee the song is better sing here by Bikel!)
I think the chief objection people may have to this cast recording is the very fact that it sounds theatrical... the kids especially seem to go for volume and enunciation. Those not used to theatrical performances might find this a little disconcerting.
One bit of trivia for opera fans: In the list of ensmble singers is the name Tatiana Troyanos who would later become a major opera star!
***Correction.. Matt Ballinger is on the RCA album from the 1998 revival with Rebecca Luker, not this album. From his picture in the booklet for that recoirding I suspect he was not even born in 1959. (Or 1969. Or 1979.) This is the recording one other reviewer says the Maria sounds too much like a soprano... No one ever said that about Mary Martin!
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I know there is no Julie Andrews. I know some songs written for the movie are missing. I know Mary Martin is 20 years to old to play Maria. But despite all of this, the original cast recording of "The Sound of Music" is a delight, and every bit as good as the soundtrack. Wonderful songs such as "How Can Love Survive" and "No Way to Stop It" are included here, and the treatment of standards such as "My Favorite Things," "Do, Ri, Mi," and "Climb Every Mountain" are given first class treatment by the supurb cast. As I mentioned, Mary Martin is 20 years to old to play Maria, but she has an elegance, charm, and power that make her a pleasure (though not as good as Andrews). Theodor Bikel is still the definitive Captain Von Trapp. A superb recording for the whole family, and a look at an American institution in it's original format.
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