Fiddler On The Roof CD (2004)

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Specifications

Label Image Entertainment 2
SKU 61007506
UPC 803607042028
UPC 14 00803607042028
Format CD
Release Date 6/8/2004
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Author Original Broadway Ca
Associated Artist/Work Original Cast
Technical Info
Engineer Bart Migal; Tom Lazarus
Producer Tommy Krasker; Tommy Krasker
CatalogID 420
Lable Name PS Classics/Image Entertainment
Released 06/08/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00803607042028
Album Notes and Credits
Composer: Jerry Bock.
Lyricist: Sheldon Harnick.
Alfred Molina: Alfred Molina; Sally Murphy, Randy Graff, Laura Michelle Kelly.
Personnel: Gregory Utzig (guitar, lute, mandolin); Conrad Harris, Heidi Stubner, Antoine Silverman, Cenovia Cummins (violin); Nicolas Danielson (fiddle); Debra Shufelt, Maxine Roach (viola); Peter Sachon, Charles du Chateau (cello); Martha Hyde, Andrew Sterman (flute, clarinet); Brian Miller (flute); Elaine Lord (accordion, celesta); Matthew Dine (oboe); Marc Goldberg (bassoon); Joseph Reardon, Timothy Schadt, Wayne duMaine (trumpet); Larry Di Bello, Peter Schoettler (French horn); Lisa Albrecht (trombone, euphonium); Billy Miller (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tom Lazarus.
Liner Note Authors: Wayne Wolfe; David Leveaux; Joseph Stein; Wayne Wolfe; Jason Gaines.
Recording information: The Hit Factory, New York, NY (04/26/2004).
Author: Joseph Stein.
Director: David Leveaux.
Editor: Bart Migal.
Photographer: Carol Rosegg.
Arranger: Kevin Stites.
Director David Leveaux, in his liner notes to this, the cast album for the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, speaks of the necessity of revisiting the show 40 years after its inaugural production "as if we were staging" it "for the first time," rather than just trying to replicate the earlier triumph. It's a noble ambition and calls to mind previous attempts to re-imagine classic musicals, especially by British directors, such as Nicholas Hytner's celebrated hard-edged interpretation of Carousel in the early '90s. Fiddler on the Roof seems ripe for a similar approach that would strip it of its sentimentality and focus on the breakdown of Jewish culture in the face of modern secularism and the genocidal tendencies of the Russians who persecute the Jews in the story. The casting of British actor Alfred Molina, who is not known for musicals, in the lead role of Tevye, might have contributed to such an interpretation. In practice, however, Leveaux's Fiddler was greeted as a misstep, and in large part due to Molina. As heard here, he adopts an American accent and largely disappears into the story, giving nothing like the outsize performance of such predecessors as Zero Mostel. This choice is typical of a production that seems to withdraw from the ethnicity of the show in the name of making it seem more realistic, a choice that made many audience members complain it was "not Jewish enough." On disc, it simply isn't distinctive enough to compete with the original Broadway cast album of 1964, to which it inevitably must be compared. It may be, as a press release claims, "the most complete version of Fiddler available on CD," with a running time in excess of 72 minutes, and it boasts a newly written, if unnecessary, song, "Topsy-Turvy" (ably sung by Nancy Opel in the character of Yente, the Matchmaker), that marks a reunion for composer Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. But those are its chief attributes, which will appeal to completists. Fiddler on the Roof deserves to be reinterpreted some day; this version is not the reinterpretation it needs. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Tradition
2 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Matchmaker
3 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. If I Were a Rich Man
4 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Sabbath Prayer
5 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. To Life
6 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. To Life - Dance
7 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Tevye's Monologue
8 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Miracle of Miracles
9 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Tevye's Dream
10 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Wedding Procession
11 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Sunrise, Sunset
12 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 1. Wedding Dance
13 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. Now I Have Everything
14 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. Now I Have Everything
15 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. Tevye's Monologue (Reprise)
16 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. Do You Love Me?
17 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. Topsy-Turvy
18 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. Far from the Home I Love
19 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. Chavaleh
20 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. Anatevka
21 Fiddler on the Roof, musical: Act 2. The Leave-Taking
Product Attributes
Artist Original Broadway Ca
Music Format Compact Disc

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