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After putting the cd into the car the first sound you hear is silence - followed by a bird tweeting. At this point I wondered if the cd was playing - but then that sweeping prelude started and "The Hills Are Alive" booms out. If you love the film, then this soundtrack is an absolute must.
As most people will know, the film features such favourites as "Maria", "Sixteen going on Seventeen" and "Climb every Mountain" - yet, for me "Edelweiss" moves me to tears every time.
Starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as The Captian, this is based on a true story where a governess works for a large family of motherless children, only to discover that together they have an exceptionaly musical sound. Living in Austria at the time of Hitler's rise and domination, the family actually walked across the mountains to escape and ended up, I think, in Canada where they earnt a living as a musical group and are now some sort of tourist attraction.
This soundtrack is a quality product and a fine example of how the simple record can be transferred seamlessly. Considering that the film was released in 1965 when the recording process was less automated, then the quality is excellent. It is hard to imagine anyone other than the fabulous Julie Andrews singing the role of Maria, whilst Christopher Plummer does a stirling job - as do the children.
If you are a fan of Rodgers & Hammerstein and love the film - then buy this soundtrack - you will not be dissapointed.
The Sound of Music has to be my favourite film of all time, not just because of the heartfelt storyline but because of the montage of songs that structure the storyline, which are all captured on this CD.
The CD captures every musical moment from the film such as the Interlude, I Have Confidence, Do-Rei-Me and many more. Such beatiful songs from Rodger and Hammerstein.
The version of the CD that I have also has an interview with the producer of The Sound of Music and the music without any words. It also has a little leaflet with all the words of the songs so you can sing a long too!
A must have CD for any fan of the Sound of Music who saw the film and thought the songs were magnificent! This CD gives you a chance to really appreciate the songs in their own rights instead of storylines.
There are a number of classic films whose soundtracks are instantly recognisable by many from a few beats of one or two of the songs. The Sound of Music is one such film, with its beautiful and clever range of tracks from Rodgers and Hammerstein. The film itself has created a bit of a craze since it was first released in 1965, and has produced a stage version as well as many fancy dress shows where the audience is invited to dress up just like the characters in the film.
The soundtrack starts off brilliantly, wasting no time in getting stuck into things with Julie Andrews' rendition of the title track, The Sound of Music, as the story takes us to the nun who takes a job as a nanny to the large Von Trapp family in the beautiful Swiss countryside. Conductor Irwin Kostal does a wonderful job of the rising crescendo to Andrews' excellent choral voice, a feat which is achieved in its beautiful combination more than once during the soundtrack.
Famously known and often repeated tracks include My Favourite Things, Sixteen Going On Seventeen and So Long, Farewell, as the score effectively provides a lot of the effect for the film by examining the relationship between the Von Trapp family and the new addition to their daily lives in Andrews. The sixteen tracks take us through periods of dioscovery in the children's lives as well as through the routines of their daily lives, and the coming of age tracks and those that show a bit of emotion are marked by immense genius from the composers. The music itself tells the story well enough to get by on - you could grasp the whole concept by the music alone, filling in the blanks with imagination, and it almost seems as if that is how Rodgers and Hammerstein created the story in the first place.
Music brings the fmaily and their nanny together in the film, and although the score is excellent, it is a lot harder to enjoy the music without the visual accompaniment of the film to support it. In this respect, certain tracks such as I Have Confidence and Climb Evry Mountain lose a lot of their impact with the audio alone. They are still well executed tracks, and the vocals are incredibly impressive, but the visuals tell the story and it is these which are lacking on the soundtrack. Many other soundtracks seem to tell the story more through the audio than the visual, but I felt that The Sound of Music was the sort of musical film where the audio and visual rely on each other throughout for the effect and poignance of the scenes.
That having been said, this is still an excellent film, and songs such as Do-Re-Mi and Edelweiss will trigger instant humming for those familiar with the film, adn it will be ahrd to get the song out of your head once you start. I do like this soundtrack, but it isn't my favourite, as I need the visual stimulation that comes with it in the film to fully appreciate the effects of it. The 16-track disc is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £6.37, and although I recommend it, I further recommend watching the film first to 'get' the soundtrack fully.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Overture And Preludium
3 Morning Hymn And Alleluia
5 I Have Confidence
6 Sixteen Going On Seventeen
7 My Favorite Things
8 Do Re Mi
9 Sound Of Music
10 Lonely Goatherd
11 So Long Farewell
12 Climb Every Mountain
13 Something Good
14 Processional And Maria
16 Climb Every Mountain (2)