The Rodgers & Hammerstein Songbook

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Songbook

by Rodgers & HammersteinRodgers & Hammerstein


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Sony Music Entertainment celebrated the 50th anniversary of the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1993 by compiling this CD-length collection of songs by the pair drawn from original Broadway cast albums and other recordings from the company's catalog, originally released in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s by Columbia Records, Sony's flagship label. During the era, Columbia competed with such rivals as Decca Records and RCA Victor Records for the right to record original Broadway cast albums, and Rodgers & Hammerstein did not contract with any label for more than one show at a time. So, for example, the first show that Columbia got was South Pacific, the fourth Rodgers & Hammerstein production, in 1949. The label also got Flower Drum Song in 1958 and The Sound of Music, the final Rodgers & Hammerstein show, in 1959, and it also released an album drawn from the Rodgers & Hammerstein television musical Cinderella in 1957. It did not get to handle such shows as Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The King & I, but compilation producer Didier C. Deutsch makes up for that by substituting selections from a 1952 studio cast album of Oklahoma! featuring Nelson Eddy and a 1964 studio cast album of The King & I featuring Barbara Cook. Carousel posed more of a problem, which Deutsch solved after a fashion by using a rendition of "Carousel Waltz" recorded by the New York Philharmonic in 1954 and conducted by Rodgers himself. Still, such favorites as "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" are missed. Nor does Deutsch mention anywhere in his liner notes that many of the selections do not derive from the original Broadway cast albums, and the back cover of the album, which does not credit individual songs to particular performers, also obscures the point. That said, the album does feature a batch of major Broadway performers -- including Julie Andrews and Mary Martin -- singing some of Rodgers & Hammerstein's best-known songs. It may not be the best possible one-disc collection of their work, but it is a very good one.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/1993
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074645333120
catalogNumber: 53331
Rank: 24954

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodgers & Hammerstein   Primary Artist,Conductor
Theodore Bikel   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbara Cook   Vocals,Track Performer
Nelson Eddy   Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Rodgers   Conductor
Julie Andrews   Vocals,Track Performer
Mary Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
Portia Nelson   Vocals,Track Performer
Pat Suzuki   Vocals,Track Performer
Ezio Pinza   Vocals,Track Performer
Lehman Engel   Conductor,Choir Master
Billy Tabbert   Vocals,Track Performer
Jim Hawthorne   Vocals
Frederick Dvonch   Conductor
Alfred Antonini   Conductor
Jon Cypher   Vocals,Track Performer
Don Fellows   Vocals
Thomas Gleason   Vocals
Virginia Haskins   Vocals,Track Performer
Patricia Neway   Vocals,Track Performer
William Snowden   Vocals
Joseph Stewart   Vocals
Larry Blyden   Vocals,Track Performer
Alan Gilbert   Vocals
Lauri Peters   Vocals
Marilyn Rogers   Vocals
Henry Mitchell   Vocals
Evanna Lien   Vocals
Salvatore Dell'Isola   Conductor,Choir Master

Technical Credits

New York Philharmonic   Contributor
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes
Bud Graham   Engineer
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Ed Michalski   Producer,Engineer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Robert Waller   Producer,Engineer
Anthony Janek   Engineer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction,Cover Design

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