Monday, November 16, 2009

The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Special Edition - CD Review and Giveaway

Fifty years ago today The Sound of Music debuted on Broadway. The beloved musical by Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II is one of the most popular musicals of all time. While on Broadway it won six Tony Awards including Best Musical. As a child, I watched the movie version starring Julie Andrews frequently and pretended to star in the show, wearing my own special costumes and singing along with all the wonderful songs. I know nearly all the songs by heart and have passed my love of the musical along to my children.

Several years ago I read Maria von Trapp's, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. I wanted to know the actual story that inspired my favorite musical, The Sound of Music. Those that wish to learn more about the von Trapp family should take the time to read Maria's book. Even though Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical isn't exactly historically accurate, I still love their version dearly. The music speaks to my heart and gives me goosebumps, especially the song, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." Earlier this month on November 3rd, Masterworks Broadway released a restored, 50th anniversary edition of the original cast recording of The Sound of Music. In this original recording Mary Martin stars in the leading role as Maria and Theodore Bikel plays Captain von Trapp. Besides all the familiar songs, the new edition also includes three unusual bonus tracks, extensive liner notes about the show's history, and rarely seen photos of the recording sessions.

Sony Masterworks sent my family a digital download of the recording for review. The Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary Edition [CAST RECORDING] features songs performed by the original Broadway performers, restored for optimized sound. Even though most of the songs on the album were recorded on November 22, 1959, the sound is amazingly clear and of the highest quality. Mary Martin's voice is a little deeper and her style differs somewhat than Julie Andrews' performance style but we thoroughly enjoyed listening to this original version. My kids love the yodelling song "The Lonely Goatherd" and wanted me to play and replay the the track so that they could Odl lay ee along. Patricia Neway gives an impressive performance of the inspirational "Climb Every Mountain" showing off her powerful and strong voice. My mom's favorite, "Edelweiss," is featured on two tracks, the first song by Bikel, Martin and the children and later again in a very interesting version sung in German. Overall, this is an exceptional album and one that will be cherished by all fans of The Sound of Music. It's also great for family sing-alongs!

A new pop-up children's book has also been released by Simon & Schuster to correspond with the 50th anniversary. The book is titled, The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up. (I will review the book at a later date when I receive a review copy.) A corresponding Sing-along activity kit is available for viewing online and includes a number of fun printables and activities, including some sing-along lyrics for "So Long, Farewell” and "Do-Re-Mi" to use with children.

Win your own copy! Masterworks Broadway/Sony has kindly offered to give away (1) The Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary Edition [CAST RECORDING] CD to a Brimful Curiosities reader.

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celi.a said...

I think all of the songs in this production are fabulous, though I have a soft spot for My Favorite Things.


wmmahaney said...

I love Edelweis, but actually I love them all.

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Oh! I've been wishing for a Sound of Music soundtrack CD. One of my aunts had a record years ago and we listened to it over and over. I like most of the songs. One of my favorites is, "I am 16-going-on-17".

The Allen Family said...

I think my favorite is "I am sixteen going on seventeen" :) It's fun to sing it.

The Allen Family said...

That activity kit was way cute. I think I may have to do that with my kids while they watch it for the first time.
One of the words in the word search is Yodel.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy the song "maria"

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barefootinhighheels said...

I've always loved the Do-Re-Mi song, especially when watching the movie and when Maria teaches them how to sing!

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etirv said...

One word from the activity word search: Maria


Nikki said...

It's really hard to pick one favorite, but I will try:)
"My Favorite Things"


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holdenj said...

My favorite song is My Favorite Things. It looks like a great cd.
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com said...

I am a musician/librarian, and I have played the show (in the pit orc's hestra). The Lonely Goatherd is a fun one to play (it's the song with the yodelling in it).
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Maggie Sue Designs said...

My favorite is Edelweiss.

Maggie Sue Designs said...

Need to find "Yodel" in the word search :)

Bebemiqui said...

I love Edelweiss so much that I figured out how to play it on guitar.

Megan said...

My favorite song is...oh, it's so hard to choose! I'll go with "The Lonely Goatherd" just because it's so much fun!

Megan said...

One of the word search words is "Abbess"

Cassie M said...

My favorite sound of music song is the one the children sing as they are going to bed!

Laursink said...

I love them all! And so does my Mom who I would give this to!
She does not do the Internet!

Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm going to have to go with the classic title song.

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bleatham said...

I love sooo many of the songs there, but my favorite is My Favorite Things

bleatham said...

follow on twitter and tweeted

Nancye said...

My fave song is "I am 16 going on 17" (not sure of the correct title.

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted

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Marie said...

I've always loved the song The Trouble with Maria -- well, and Edelweiss also :-)

Marie said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted:

CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) said...

Of course I love "My Favorite Things"!
There are so many great songs in TSOM!
I saw it in community theatre once. :)

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Forgetfulone said...

My favorite Sound of Music song is "So Long, Farewell." Of course, I also like "Climb Every Mountain" and "You are Sixteen going on Seventeen."

Melissa said...

Love all of the songs from the movie, but I'd probably have to choose Sixteen Going On Seventeen.

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Winning Readings said...

Love 'em ALL! My Favorite Things is a favorite, and Edelweiss, and Lonely Goatherd, and...

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Esme said...

Do Re Mi is my favorite song.

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