| "A fine alternative to the usual"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from S E IN|
|Some might forget that The Sound of Music existed before the film starring Julie Andrews, among others, was made. This is a recording of the music from the Broadway musical with the original Broadway cast, starring Mary Martin. Perhaps not for everyone, it offer the careful listener a interesting and pleasing alternative of the music of the movie that many have come to love.|
| "R & H at their best"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Florida|
|Most of the reviewers of this cd seem to evaluate it in comparison to the soundtrack version. Comparisons are unnecessary; this recording stands tall on its own.
Having said that, I make one comment in comparison. One reviewer wrote, "Mary Martin is no Julie Andrews." In truth. Julie Andrews is no Mary Martin. Perhaps, because of her age, Martin could not have stood up to the close-ups of the screen version. But, musically, she is Maria von Trapp.
One of the real strengths of this recording, to me, is the orchestrations. Normally, I fault any orchestrations that call attention to themselves. In this case, I did not notice them until some of the interludes, which are beautifully done.
Theodore Bikel has just the right touch for the militaristic disciplinarian whose heart turns soft. His rendition of "Edelweis" is an outstanding example of folk singing.
The children ("Oh, yes, the children" [The King and I]) sound like children, as they should--not an enhanced group of highly trained young singers.
Personally, I find little value in "bonus tracks." Usually, they are mere filler, to justify the price of a cd. But, I must say that I appreciate the "Symphonic Picture for Orchestra" on this disk. The Sing Along with Mitch, I can easily do without.
| "Memorable Mary Martin"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from texas|
|I was 9 years old and my parents took us to New York City for the very first time. We saw Mary Martin in the Sound of Music on Broadway and it still brings chills to me to hear her sing. I loved this album growing up, and it is still very beautiful and fresh. I was looking for it for a father's day gift for my father who is now 82. I am thrilled to be able to get it in these formats. I like Julie Andrews movie version, but I loved Mary Martin!|
| "Great Music!!!"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Pennsylvania|
|I'm not a big fan of Mary Martin's voice, but the overall quality of the music on this CD is great! I bought it because I am currently in a production and the original Broadway Cast recording has all of the original "nun music" that is not included in the movie version and I wanted it to help me rehearse. Also, a great bonus on this CD is a 15-minute symphonic suite compilation of all of the music from the stage and movie productions. Must-have for any fan of The Sound of Music!!|
| "Broadway Play Was Less Sickeningly Sweet Than Movie"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
|I was fortunate today to find online (in the Usenet group alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.musicals -- you can also hear excerpts of this on YouTube) a complete download of the original 1959 Sound of Music Broadway production recorded live at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with Mary Martin, Theo Bikel, Kurt Kaszner etc. What was obvious to me was that the stage presentation was much "harder" and had more edge and humor than the movie version. The children's lines were not only "cute" but they were also somewhat sarcastic! The play's |
'additions' of "No Way To Stop It" and "How Can Love Survive" add bite and humor to the story that are missing in the sickeningly sweet movie.
In addition, when you listen to the entire 1959 play in context, Theodore Bikel's captain is less cold and wooden than Christopher Plummer's portrayal. Mary Martin is also a much more "relaxed" and "natural" Maria than Julie Andrews. Her kind-of-sarcastic banter with the children during Do-Re-Mi was really a revelation. For example, when Maria sings the line "One word for ev'ry note", and then sings "When you know the note to sing, you can sing most ev'ry'thing!", Marta notices that the word "ev'ry'thing" is not "one word for ev'ry note"! Maria, non-plussed, sort of blushes in embarassment at this very smart revelation of Marta's. That kind of charm and humor was sadly missing in Robert Wise's film.
| "Nice Rodgers and Hammerstein"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Wash. DC|
|TSOM is a nice score, not R&H's best, but still heads over so much else at the time. Much has been said about Mary Martin's being too old. Apparently R&H didn't think so since they wrote TSOM for her. And audiences loved it! So much so that she won the Tony award that year. (Over Merman in Gypsy. Although, truth be told, Merman was not particularly popular with the theatrical community. From accounts I've read she was a major diva and a total b***h. And since it was her peers who were Tony voters...) Still it's a nice recording of pleasant R & H standards, different in scope than the film soundtrack but pretty good on it's own merit. Enjoyable!|