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At Home with the Trapp Family Singers: An Evening of Folksongs
English Anonymous, Scottish Anonymous, Australian Traditional
At Home with the Trapp Family Singers: An Evening of Folksongs
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
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The original sound of their music.
John Austin | Kangaroo Ground, Australia | 01/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The original von Trapp Family's twenty years of touring and performing internationally had finished, and Maria Augusta von Trapp had written their story in three books and begun several decades of missionary work in New Guinea by the time "The Sound of Music" hit Broadway, and Julie Andrews later sang about her favorite things in a top-earning film. I don't know if the original von Trapp Family benefitted from show and film royalties; they certainly deserved to, for they worked very hard perfecting, under their conductor Dr Franz Wasner, their natural ensemble and music-making talents.

The results may be heard in this first-class CD reissue of recordings they made in New York in 1952 and 1956. The family amassed a large repertoire, collecting items while touring, for example "Waltzing Mathilda" from Australia. The selection here includes a cross-section (loosely titled "Folk Songs") and some of their instrumental items involving recorders, cello and harpsichord. Perhaps the items from their rich Austrian culture are the most satisfying.

This is the second DGG CD release of their recordings. Duration 52 minutes. I recall from my LP collecting days, that there are enough Trapp Family recordings to fill a third CD. I look forward to it.
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True Classic
Eric A. Schwandt | Southeast, PA USA | 12/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you read their books, you will find that Maria sold the rights to make the movie very cheap and the family profited very little from the success of the movie. They were also repulsed by the music. This CD captures the real Trapp family and their love for good pure music."
A pleasant surprise
Eugenio Pinto Araujo | Lisbon, Portugal | 03/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm one of those The Sound of Music addicted, having lost the track of how many times I've seen it whatever the format is. Therefore, it was basically for curiosity that I've bought this CD. It's a fine recording that takes you to a typical, cosy family reunion. The male voices are not impressive and I wouldn't include the flute solos in the CD. But the final result is very pleasant, excellent to listen in the car while you're driving in the countryside (before lunch, of course)."