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The Sound of Music (1998 New Broadway Cast Recording) [Soundtrack, Import]

Michael Siberry, Patti Cohenour, Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Sound Of Music (Related Recordings), Rebecca Luker Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000006OP7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Preludium: Dixit Dominus/Morning Hymn/AlleluiaPatti Cohenour 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Sound of MusicRebecca Luker 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. MariaGina Ferrall 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Have ConfidenceRebecca Luker 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Do-Re-MiRebecca Luker 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sixteen Going on SeventeenDashiell Eaves 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. My Favorite Things (From "The Sound of Music")Rebecca Luker 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. How Can Love Survive?Fred Applegate 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Sound of Music (Reprise)Sara Zelle 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. LaendlerMatthew Ballinger 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. So Long, FarewellAndrea Bowen 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Climb Ev'ry MountainMichael Rafter 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. No Way to Stop ItJan Maxwell 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Something Good (From "The Sound of Music")Michael Siberry 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Wedding Processional/CanticlePatti Cohenour 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)Rebecca Luker 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Lonely GoatherdRebecca Luker 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. EdelweissMichael Siberry 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. So Long, Farewell (Reprise)Rebecca Luker 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Finale UltimoPatti Cohenour 1:250.99  Buy MP3 


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(Rodgers &amp Hammerstein) Rebecca Luker &amp Michael Siberry.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest official Sound of Music recording 14 Jun 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This recording has probably got to be regarded as the finest Sound of Music recording alongside the film soundtrack, even if in the end this ends up being a more enjoyable listen. If you question this statement, I would tell you that it is because this recording sounds much fresher than the film soundtrack, which tends to chalk up more cobwebs faster and sound stale rather quickly, despite the stellar polished performances of Julie Andrews and co., and the sweeping orchestrations. In comparison, this recording has equally wonderful performances by Rebecca Luker, Michael Siberry, Patti Cohenour and the nuns, and the energetic, bright-sounding children, not to mention Max Detwailer and Elisa Schraeder. The delightful orchestral embellishments framing the style of the original only serve to make the listening experience more enjoyable, as does the concept of merging both stage and screen versions of the show into a new stage production, preserved here.
Rebecca Luker's performance of Maria is as phenomenal as Julie Andrews. Her pearl-like voice is enough for her to be placed on par with Julie, and so is the energy and girlish quality she brings frequently to the role, not to mention her winning delivery of the title song, Do-Re-Mi and My Favourite Things. Equally up to her standard is Michael Siberry's melancholic, highly motivational, and sharply poised personification of Captain von Trapp. He gives the role a lifelike presence that is still easy for the audience to like him, and he also delivers a heart-wrenching, breathtaking and beautiful rendition of Edelweiss. In the supporing cast, the children shine out of the cast like sunbeams, with their sheer energy and vibrancy - the crucial part of the score, and the roles of the nuns, Rolf, and the secondary characters are equally well pulled off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine version of a great stage show 21 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Although struggling to be as good as the now sadly unavailable Petula Clarke London version, this is still a complete and faithful representation of the stage show - and a million miles removed from the over-sugared film version. How good it is to hear again:" How Can Love Survive?" and "No Way to Stop It" along with the full version of the Praeludium (brilliantly sung too, may I add) all of which were axed from the film.
Rebecca Luker is a fine Maria and Michael Siberry's Von Trapp the best I have yet heard on record. There are fine vocal performances too from the children and the chorus. For me the weak links, however, and hence my choice of four not five stars, are Patti Cohenour who is under-voiced as the Mother Abbess and Jan Maxwell whose Elsa is not cold-hearted enough for my taste. None the less this recording is a must for all serious Rodgers and Hammerstein collectors and will be a great eye-opener for anyone who thinks that 'The Sound of Music' is all Julie Andrews, Hollywood and Candyfloss!
Jonathan Rhodes
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A near-definitive Sound of Music recording 21 April 2000
By Yi-Peng - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
This 1998 recording of The Sound of Music is as near to a definitive recording as we could hope for. Taken from the lavish 1998 Tony-worthy Susan Schulman revival, it combines many of the best hallmarks of the original Broadway and film soundtrack albums, while adding some of its own. The cast is strong all-round, and they sing with an instinctive feel for the music, and enables the score to be served as well as by the sumptuous orchestra under Michael Rafter. And this digital recording, though lacking in ideal balance, brilliance and ambient warmth, brings out the clarity and crispness of the vocal and orchestral textures perfectly.
Rebecca Luker shines as Maria in a Tony-worthy performance and captures many of the hallmarks associated with the Marias of Mary Martin and Julie Andrews, while adding some others of her own. Her sublime and angelic voice has just the right amounts of youthful vigour, warmth and efferverscence, and achieves a very strong rapport with the well-cast children. Holding as high a calibre as Luker is Michael Siberry in his performance of Captain von Trapp. As what I consider the finest recorded performance of the Captain, he explores the depth of the character more than I've known from Theodore Bikel. (Perhaps this could be due to an improvement in his character here over the original stage version. This has been done by overturning the stereotype of a more passive and dull character in favour of a more active and motivated chacter, as shown here.) He transfixes you with a likeable and believable portrayal with poise and motivation, and he caps it off with a heart-wrenching rendition of Edelweiss where he really empathises with the meaning of the words. Patti Cohenour adds strength to the principal cast as Mother Abbess. She may not be able to really give a powerhouse performance of Climb Every Mountain as Patricia Neway did, but her voice depicts a wisdom that she imbuses with her concern for Maria. The sparkling children, the Nuns, Max, Elisa and the slightly less seductive Rolf all sing their roles well, and help the score achieve the difficult feat of having all parts sung well for 99.9% of the time.
I can sense that this recording is as near-perfect and near-definitive as can be wished. But I would like to point out that the orchestra may be slightly weak because of its size, and that the recording acoustic needs more warmth (as displayed on the 1994 Broadway Carousel). Still, despite some slow tempi in places (which work for most of the time depending on the context), Michael Rafter keeps the music going with his expert baton, and lovingly helps the cast and orchestra to breathe new life into a much-loved score (dare I call this Broadway score a warhorse?). In this, he is helped by the responsive orchestra, and characterful but not obtrusive new orchestral decorations (by Bruce Coughlin) to compliment the original Robert Russell Bennett arrangements.
This recording is noteworthy in including the two songs written directly for the film, to compliment the songs of Max and Elisa. This is particularly so when the more melodious Something Good is allowed to replace the laborious Ordinary Couple of the original stage production. (I daren't say that these songs are weak, as a number of others have said, but I daresay that the inclusion of the two songs for the film actually helps those who have so far encountered the show through the film only appreciate this recording more.) Here, and elsewhere throughout this recording, you get the feeling of a definitive Sound of Music for the 21st century that ideally combines the elements of its original stage and screen productions yet achieving a consistent feel. And, of course, the shifting of My Favourite Things to the thunderstorm scene from Mother Abbess's office, and also Lonely Goatherd from the thunderstorm sequence to the Salzburg Festival concert scene only serves to help make the scenes more effective, while working pretty well in them.
To top it off, this Sound of Music recording is as near-perfect a recording of the score as could be hoped for. I know that the older recordings need some respect and that the film soundtrack needs to be bought along with this new version, but I'm sure that this recording can grow on the listener rather quickly. So it leaves me with great confidence to recommend it very strongly, even to those who have yet to become Sound of Music converts.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The new recording of THE SOUND OF MUSIC 27 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This recording is wonderful, but sometimes the tempo is too first, I think. The performers, especially Rebecca Luker, are very good. CLIMB EV'RY MOUNTAIN on this disc is not so good. I like THE LONELY GOATHERD the best. Rebecca Luker's singing sometimes too operatic, but her singing is wonderful as well as Julie Andrews and Mary Martin. This CD is a must buy for all the fans who loves THE SOUND OF MUSIC!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy for Sound of Music fans! 13 Jun 2000
By James Hang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely a must buy for any Sound of Music fan. It contains two songs that are not in the film plus all the songs that are in the film as well, so it has more songs than any other previosly released Sound of Music soundtrack. I have seen the Richard Chamberlain version and although I enjoyed it overall, I was disappointed with several of the key performances. This CD has refreshingly better performances by Rebecca Lurker and Michael Shelley. "Climb Every Mountain" and "Finale Ultimo" are well performed and awfully moving. The final scene of the musical was my favorite scene by far and this CD captures the emotions of that moment well. "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" was a tad weak by comparison, but "Do Re Mi" and "Favorite Things" are delightful. "Sound of Music" was also another wonderful track, especially because it includes a prelude to the song that is absent from the film. Overall, a terrific CD to add to Musical collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent performance! 8 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It must be a real challenge to make a revival of a musical that is so known by its movie version. This recording really accomplish an excellent performance of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, presenting a more complete score than the movie soundtrack. The nuns and the children are very good. The supporting cast is good also. But it is mostly Rebecca Luker as Maria who is the heart of this CD. Luker passes the challenge with honors, creating a Maria Von Trapp as lovely as Julie Andrews in the movie version. She is specially good in the title song, Do,RE,Mi and My Favorite Things. A must have for fans of the Sound of Music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautifully done musical revival! 12 Jun 2002
By Rosella Ann Myles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is truly a beautiful CD. All of the songs are lovely and it's a great revival of the musical. Rebecca Luker makes a wonderful Maria. It truly deserves all of the stars it can get.
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