The Sound of Music [50th Anniversary Edition]

The Sound of Music [50th Anniversary Edition]

by Mary Martin

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Almost six years before the film version with Julie Andrews became an international sensation, The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway on November 14, 1959 -- an instant hit, starring musical theater legend Mary Martin, that went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The last musical in the incomparable collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music introduced a spectacular array of songs that immediately became standards -- "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Maria," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss" and the soaring title song.

The definitive original cast recording returns in this commemorative edition with new liner notes, new photos, and rare bonus tracks. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886975866120
catalogNumber: 758661
Rank: 69488

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Theodore Bikel   Vocals
Marion Marlowe   Vocals
Brian Davies   Vocals
John Beverly Randolph   Vocals
Patricia Neway   Vocals
Muriel O'Malley   Vocals
William Snowden   Vocals
Joseph Stewart   Vocals
Kurt Kasznar   Vocals
Nan McFarland   Vocals
Lauri Peters   Vocals
Marilyn Rogers   Vocals
Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Karen Shepard   Vocals
Elizabeth Howell   Vocals
Sue Yaeger   Vocals
Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Kathy Dunn   Vocals
Luce Ennis   Vocals
Stefan Gierasch   Vocals
Michael Gorrin   Vocals
Evanna Lien   Vocals
Mary Susan Locke   Vocals
Sound of Music Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Sue Yaeger   Vocals
Stefan Gierasch   Vocals
Kirby Smith   Vocals
Luce Ennis   Vocals
Evanna Lien   Vocals
Nan McFarland   Vocals
Michael Gorrin   Vocals
Mary Susan Locke   Vocals
Sound of Music Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Kathy Dunn   Vocals
Brian Davies   Vocals
John Randolph   Vocals

Technical Credits

Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Bud Graham   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Darcy Proper   Reissue Producer
Bert Fink   Liner Notes
Frederick Dvonch   Music Direction
Jeffrey Schulz   Graphic Design
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Trude Rittman   Choir Arrangement
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
Jeff Schulz   Graphic Design
Darcy M. Proper   Reissue Producer
Buddy Graham   Engineer
Bert Fink   Liner Notes

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The Sound of Music 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LouRich2018 More than 1 year ago
Always loved this recording and Mary Martin, who instigated the creation on Broadway of this musical, helped buy the rights, developed a relationship with the real Maria Von Trapp, and got Rogers and Hammerstein involved in the project was the star, and did an incredible job with the role of Maria - far before Julie Andrews got her hand on the role. I have also loved Julie Andrews in the role and cherish the movie soundtrack, but the broadway recording has an interesting take on the story, the numbers have the intimacy of a Broadway show, and Mary Martin's voice is full and mature, and at times, girlish. I also enjoy all the numbers of the score where two were dropped from the screen version and replaced with songs I don't really care that much about.... "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good". As for the technical quality of the vinyl, it is truly incredible! On thick discs, the record playback speed is 45rpms, and the songs are distributed across two discs. The sound immediacy has got to be heard to believe and can rival or surpass any digital reproduction. In addition, it is a joy to have the physical double gate album with the original artwork and pictures from the original Broadway show. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although many people are prepared to worship this world-premiere Sound of Music recording with Mary Martin, I am muted in my response. It's true this version of TSOM presents the world-premiere version of the score (i.e. R&H's first thoughts) and it's true that Mary Martin is finding her dream in playing the role of Maria that she asked R&H to write for her. However, I find this recording a little trite and staid. The supporting cast is good (with Theodore Bikel as a touching Captain) and Max and the Baroness get rare deleted songs, but the children don't come off well with their grating voices, especially on Do-Re-Mi, Lonely Goatherd and So Long, Farewell. This recording at least allows us to hear the two deleted songs (How Can Love Survive and No Way to Stop It) and the original conception of the musical. And as much as Mary Martin sounds at her best during Ordinary Couple, this isn't enough to save this pedestrian song. It only serves to make the revisions of the film look positive. In short, I can only recommend this recording for its historical merit, but for those who really want that Sound of Music spirit I'd recommend the film soundtrack with Dame Julie and the 1998 revival with Rebecca Luker. But at least let's give Mary Martin her due credit otherwise without her we wouldn't have had a Sound of Music, just as we wouldn't have had a King and I without Gertrude Lawrence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago