Fiddler on the Roof [30th Anniversary Edition]

Fiddler on the Roof [30th Anniversary Edition]

by John Williams [composer]John Williams [composer]


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Originally released as a double-LP set and now on one CD, the gold-selling soundtrack album for the screen adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, which became the top-grossing film of 1971, stretched out Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's song score with musical adaptations by conductor John Williams, who used a giant orchestra and chorus that sounded like it was far bigger than the population of the little village of Anatevka. (Williams won the Academy Award for musical adaptation for his trouble.) There was plenty of screen dialogue, too. But the appeal of the work continued to be the wonderful songs "Tradition," "Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "To Life," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "Do You Love Me." Topol, who repeated his starring performance as Tevye from the London stage version, wasn't as funny as Zero Mostel, who created the part on Broadway, but gave it more gravity. Occasionally on the soundtrack he sounded so tired, though, that he barely got his lines out. Happily, he nailed "If I Were a Rich Man," which is Tevye's real showcase number. The soundtrack also includes one song, "Chavaleh," here called "Chava Ballet Sequence," that was cut from the stage show, though a song that was in the show, "Now I Have Everything," has been dropped. Still, the Fiddler on the Roof album to buy is the original Broadway cast recording. The 2001 CD reissue is even more the creature of Williams than of Bock and Harnick, adding several short instrumental orchestral pieces. But it also adds a good previously unheard song, "Any Day Now," sung by Paul Michael Glaser, who played Perchik, and probably intended to replace "Now I Have Everything," although it, too, was left on the cutting room floor of a film that already ran three hours.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2001
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724353526627
catalogNumber: 35266
Rank: 20644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Primary Artist,Conductor
Molly Picon   Vocals
Leonard Frey   Vocals
Barry Dennen   Vocals
Neva Small   Vocals
Isaac Stern   Violin,Vocals,Soloist
Ruth Madoc   Vocals
Chaim Topol   Vocals
Chaim Topol   Vocals
Rosalind Harris   Vocals
Paul Mann   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Williams [composer]   Adaptation
Sheldon Harnick   Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes,Reissue Liner Notes
John Hendrickson   Remixing
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer
Norman Jewison   Director,Producer
Anita Camarata   Music Executive
Darren Wong   Art Direction
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Gregg Ogorzelec   Producer

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