August 21, 2015 – 2:43 pm

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Grange Park Opera
BBC Proms 11 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; July 25, 2015. Very good radio stream.

No idea if they still do it today but there was a time when selections from Fiddler On The Roof were often played at school performances. Here’s to memory of things past and, also in memory of actor Theodore Bikel who passed away on July 21, 2015 in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Bikel, after playing the character more than 2,000 times on Broadway, is best known for his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.

Claire Seymour,

Much of the driving momentum of the work comes from its wonderful ensemble set-pieces. The Grange Park Opera Chorus sang with gusto and mastered the complex, inventive choreography (Lucy Burge) with aplomb. Even more impressive were the Cossack-leaps, bottle-balancing routines and wild whirlings of the dancers. The BBC Concert Orchestra, seated behind the performers, gave a sparkling reading of the score. They seemed to be having fun rendering the rich orchestrations, guided by nimble direction from conductor David Charles Abell.

The semi-staging was simple but serviceable - a few tables on wheels, assorted chairs and beds, and a fine chuppah for the matrimonial ceremony. The musical is somewhat imbalanced: the best-known numbers and the most up-beat ensembles are clustered into the long first part, with the emotional barometer swinging from festive to forlorn after the interval, as Tevye and his community face a battle for survive at home or uncertainty in the ‘promised land’ of America. It’s probably not the fault of Antony McDonald [the play was based on McDonald’s production], stage director Peter Relton, or the performers that the ending felt somewhat rushed, with the pathos of the uncertain ending not fully conveyed.

Though Bryn Terfel [as Tevye, the milkman] received a rapturous reception at the curtain call, he seemed keen to insist this was an ensemble performance, taking his place among the ranks despite the Prommers’ wish to laud his individual triumph. But, at the final reckoning it was Terfel’s vocal expertise and allure, and his stage magnetism, which made this such a heart-warming evening.

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Thanks to formby1959 for sharing the show at Dime.

formby1959 noted: “Track splits applied where they seemed most appropriate, to give tracks of approx. 15-20 mins”

Main picture by Robert Workman, posted at - Thanks!

HD 320 AAC radio stream via Squeezebox Touch, digital output > Alesis Masterlink (track splits, fades) > CDR > EAC to FLAC
No DSP applied

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Songs include Tradition; Matchmaker; If I Were a Rich Man; To Life; Miracle of Miracles and Sunrise, Sunset.

Disc 1
Track 101. Fiddler - Part 01 8:55 (15.0MB)
Track 102. Fiddler - Part 02 11:23 (19.1MB)
Track 103. Fiddler - Part 03 13:03 (21.9MB)
Track 104. Fiddler - Part 04 20:58 (35.2MB)
55 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Fiddler - Part 05 20:08 (33.8MB)
Track 202. Fiddler - Part 06 11:42 (19.7MB)
Track 203. Fiddler - Part 07 20:04 (33.7MB)
Track 204. Fiddler - Part 08 15:36 (26.2MB)
68 mins

Disc 3
Track 301. Fiddler - Part 09 7:59 (13.4MB)
Track 302. Fiddler - Part 10 12:13 (20.5MB)
Track 303. Fiddler - Part 11 11:10 (18.8MB)
Track 304. Fiddler - Part 12 15:59 (26.8MB)
48 mins

Bryn Terfel - Tevye
Janet Fullerlove - Golde
Charlotte Harwood - Tzeitel
Katie Hall - Hodel
Molly Lynch - Chava
Rebecca Wheatley - Yente
Anthony Flaum - Motel
Jordan Pollard - Perchik
Cameron Blakely - Lazar Wolf
Houcheng Kian - Fiddler

Grange Park Opera
BBC Concert Orchestra
David Charles Abell  conductor

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  1. 8 Responses to “BBC PROMS - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 2015”

  2. wow wow now i’m a rich man…

    By bagwell on Aug 21, 2015

  3. Blimey bigO - this is a weird one! It’s great that you cater for all tastes. Most blogs cover a fairly narrow field.

    By jack bond on Aug 21, 2015

  4. Theodore Bikel is best known for his role as Rance Muhammitz in 200 Motels.

    By sking on Aug 22, 2015

  5. i am of the belief that bikel is more known for his tv appearances since they reached a wider audience in such appearances as his twilight zones and star trek the next generation. ive been a massive fan of his for over 40 yrs. saw him many many times on stage and in film and of course on tv. he did poetry readings and concerts and various plays and other speaking engagements. he was a genius.

    By darth on Aug 23, 2015

  6. Tracks In Order:
    1. prologue & tradition
    2. matchmaker
    3. if i were a rich man
    4. sabbath prayer / to life
    5. miracle of miracles
    6. teyve’s dream
    7. sunrise sunset / wedding ce;lbration
    8. bottle dance / now i have everything
    9. do you love me?
    10.far from the home i love
    11.tradition (reprise)

    By Liam NSW on Aug 23, 2015

  7. Thanks, BigO and Liam NSW for the track listings.

    By Dan on Aug 26, 2015

  8. Wow, I’m happy I found this page with this Fiddler.

    Is it possible to have the flac files?

    Thanks anyway.


    By FredV on Aug 29, 2015

  9. Great, thanks BigO

    and thanks Liam - fellow NSW person I presume - the the listing

    By tony on Sep 6, 2015

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