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CD96079 The Sound of Music (Martin, Bikel, Neway, Kasznar, Marlowe)

CD96079 The Sound of Music (Martin, Bikel, Neway, Kasznar, Marlowe)
CD96079 The Sound of Music (Martin, Bikel, Neway, Kasznar, Marlowe)
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CD96079 The Sound of Music (Martin, Bikel, Neway, Kasznar, Marlowe)

Here's a re-upload of this audience recording of the original production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. It seems to have been recorded from very close to the stage, possibly from the first row. This recording is said to document Mary Martin's final performance in the production (Oct. 7, 1961), which was also Patricia Neway's final performance.

As for the rest of the cast, it's easy to recognize the voices of Theodore Bikel (Captain von Trapp), Patricia Neway (Mother Abbess), Kurt Kasznar (Max), Marion Marlowe (Elsa), Lauri Peters (Liesl), and John Randoph (Franz), who were all still in the show at the time. It's uncertain who is playing Rolf on this recording. As far as I can tell, the original conductor, Frederick Dvonch, was still conducting the production.

The first time I posted this recording, an OperaShare member emailed me to say that Thedore Bikel had told him that the Rolf on this recording was Jon Voight, who replaced the original Rolf, Brian Davies, and was probably the understudy at the time. Despite that, I'm not 100-percent certain that it is Jon Voight here as it doesn't sound to me like Jon Voight (and Davies was still officially in the show at the time). I think that it actually may be Davies as Rolf in this performance, even though whoever is heard here as Rolf doesn't sound especially similar to Davies on the cast recording of the production. But listening to Davies on the original cast recording of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, recorded seven months after this performance, has led me to think that it just may be him on this live SOUND OF MUSIC. But I'm not sure. Clearly, what Bikel said has to be taken into account.

Credits for the original production can be found at

Given the age of this recording, the sound is extremely good (apart from occasional distortion in loud passages) once you get past the first few minutes, which have a slightly odd sound, possibly because of the sound design for the opening scene.

Previously, I'd uploaded this at 192, but this time I've uploaded it in Apple Lossless (VBRs in the upper 400s and lower 500s):

Click below to hear a sample of this recording. The product you receive will be better quality than what you see and hear below.

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