This is as close to perfection as it gets. Obviously recorded when the cast were still on an enormous high, this recording is nothing short of a masterpiece! Never have I ever heard such fresh and fervent performances on an Original Cast Album of anything!
Number by number, it just seems to get better and better until by the time I reached Lesley Garrett's definitive recording of 'Climb Every Mountain' I had 'lost it' completely and was in floods of tears of pure delight!
I said that this was as close to perfection as it gets which implies that there are minor blemishes and indeed, I quibble with both the arrangement and the performance of 'No Way to Stop It'. To me this is a crucial moment when the Captain realises that he will never be able to agree with the Baroness' political views and it is the final crack in his relationship with her, opening the way for him to propose to Maria. It is vital, particularly on an album where we don't have the rest of the story that his revulsion for the Nazis is made clear by his sarchasm of the last verse - sadly, there is little or no trace of this in Alexander Hanson's voice. A minor point, may be but a valid one, I think.
Much has been written in the press about Connie Fisher and there is little that I can add. A great new star is born and this record confirms it!
The children are excellent and the orchestra (and orchestrations) are terrific. A well voiced ensemble completes what is the most exiting album to come my way ....Ever (and I really mean that!).