“THE SOUND OF MUSIC,” THE BELOVED FILM SOUNDTRACK, TO HAVE SUPER DELUXE EDITION FEATURING THE ENTIRETY OF THE FILM’S MUSIC RELEASED DECEMBER 1 BY CRAFT RECORDINGS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, PLEASE
CELEBRATES THE ENDURING LEGACY OF
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINEMATIC TREASURE
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”
WITH THE RELEASE OF THE SUPER DELUXE EDITION
OF THE BELOVED SOUNDTRACK
FEATURING THE ENTIRETY OF THE FILM’S MUSIC FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
AVAILABLE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
IN A VARIETY OF EXPANDED FORMATS
THE NEWLY REMIXED AND REMASTERED COLLECTION OFFERS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED INSTRUMENTALS, ALTERNATE TAKES,
RARE VOCAL RECORDINGS FROM THE CAST, AND MORE
ALTERNATE VERSION OF “PRELUDE / THE SOUND OF MUSIC” CAN BE STREAMED AND DOWNLOADED TODAY
ONLINE MEDIA KIT CAN BE FOUND HERE
New York, NY (September 27, 2023) – Craft Recordings proudly celebrates Rodgers & Hammerstein’s timeless cinematic masterpiece The Sound of Music, with multiple expanded, remixed, and remastered reissues of the beloved soundtrack set for release on Friday, December 1 and available for pre-order now.
The Sound of Music soundtrack can be found in a variety of formats, including a brand new Super Deluxe Edition (4-CD/1-Blu-Ray Audio box set and digital). With over 40 previously unreleased tracks, this definitive set collects every musical element from the film for the very first time, along with instrumentals of each song, plus 11 never-before-heard alternate takes from the cast. The accompanying Blu-Ray Audio disc features the full score in hi-res audio as well as a new Dolby Atmos® mix of the original 16-track soundtrack for the ultimate immersive listening experience.
Rounding out the box set are new, in-depth liner notes by the acclaimed writer, preservationist, and director/producer Robert Wise’s associate Mike Matessino, who also remixed and remastered the album from the original multi-track tapes. In his detailed essay, which delves deep into the making of the film and all of its music, Matessino writes, “You will hear what you’ve heard before, famous songs with the mellifluous tones of Dame Julie Andrews leading the way, but the experience has been transformed beyond what the 1965 soundtrack album offered – with extensions to the songs, a brilliantly arranged underscore, and even some segments not used in the completed version of the film.”
Fans can also find the album on Deluxe 2-CD and 3-LP triple-gatefold formats, which include the film’s full score. In addition to the wide vinyl release, a special “Picnic Meadow Green” color pressing (limited to 500 worldwide) will be available exclusively via CraftRecordings.com.
The classic 16-track 1965 album will also be released (with newly remixed and remastered audio) on standard and HD digital and Dolby Atmos, as well as several international versions (Spanish, German, French, and Italian) available on standard digital.
Available to stream/download today is a never-before-released alternate version on the film’s iconic opening track “Prelude / The Sound of Music” featuring Julie Andrews and cast, available along with the newly remastered original soundtrack version of the song. Listen to the single and pre-save the album now.
In addition to such iconic classics as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “The Sound of Music” and “Edelweiss,” the reissues will now include previously unreleased highlights “The Little Dears,” which combines “I Have Confidence” and “My Favorite Things,” and plays as the first cue after Maria meets the von Trapp children. “New Governess,” which was ultimately not used in the film, is also a play on these two songs. The first extended piece of underscore, “The Gazebo,” follows Liesl to her rendezvous with a messenger boy, Rolf, and leads into “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” One of the more significant music cues is “The Captain Apologizes,” which bolsters the moment when the Captain first hears his children sing “The Sound of Music.” The song features elements of the aforementioned song, plus “My Favorite Things” and “Edelweiss” – all of which represent the Captain and Maria.
In Act II, one of the film’s most dramatic moments is punctuated by the strings-based “Unthinkable,” which blends melodies from “Edelweiss” and “Something Good,” as the Captain makes the heartbreaking decision that he and his family must flee their country amid the rise of the Nazis.
About The 1965 Motion Picture The Sound of Music
On March 2, 1965, 20th Century Fox premiered the movie version of The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City, where it played for a record-setting 93 weeks. The movie’s initial U.S. release lasted four-and-a-half years, and from 1966 to 1972, The Sound of Music was cited by Variety as the “All-Time-Box Office Champion.” It remains the most popular movie musical ever made, featuring unforgettable favorites like “Edelweiss,” ”My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” “The Lonely Goatherd” and “The Sound of Music.” The Sound of Music won five Academy Awards in 1966, including Best Picture. The film was directed and produced by Robert Wise, with a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, adapted from the stage musical with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
About Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (Composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Librettist/Lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American Musical Theatre. Prior to joining forces, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on musical comedies that epitomized wit and sophistication (Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Babes In Arms and more), while Hammerstein brought new life to operetta and created the classic Show Boat with Jerome Kern. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, introduced an integrated form that became known as “the musical play.” Their shows that followed included Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer and Olivier Awards. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is a Concord Company, www.concord.com.
About Craft Recordings
Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most essential collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its storied repertoire includes landmark releases from icons such as Joan Baez, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Celia Cruz, Miles Davis, Isaac Hayes, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, R.E.M., Joan Sebastian, and Traveling Wilburys. Plus, the catalog recordings of celebrated contemporary acts including A Day to Remember, Evanescence, Alison Krauss, Nine Inch Nails, Taking Back Sunday and Violent Femmes, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Musart, Nitro, Panart, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Vanguard, Varèse Sarabande, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft is also home to the Billie Holiday and Tammy Wynette estates which preserve and protect their respective names, likeness and music through day-to-day legacy management of these cultural trailblazers.
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