am 19. Juni 2012
...für den billigen Pappschuber, das hätte man auch besser lösen können. Dafür aber 10 Sterne für den Inhalt. Eine unvergleichlich phantastische Julie Andrews in der Rolle ihres Lebens als Eliza Doolittle nebst dem gesamten Broadwaycast von 1956 ist ein wahrer Ohrenschmaus. Ihre klare helle Stimme verzaubert und wenn sie "I Could Have Danced All Night" singt, bekommt man Gänsehaut. Selbst als sie dreißig Jahre später dieses Lied interpredierte, erlag man ihrem Zauber. Sie war, ist und bleibt die einzige, wahre Eliza.
am 19. Juli 2012
How is this for an unpopular opinion? I think this is the best recording of "My Fair Lady" and at least on the CD, Ian Richardson and Christine Andreas outshine Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. Andreas is particularly strong when she is angry, be it in "Just you Wait" or "Show me" but she handles everything else well, too. Jerry Lanning is a manly Freddy and George Rose does not make me want to punch Alfred P. Doolittle, so that is good enough. Richardson, however, is the best thing about this recording. I feel for him much more than I did for Harrison on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. Richardson is a little more playful, and all in all more human. When at the very end of "A Hymn to him", his voice gets high, he sounds girlishly gleeful - and he runs through all other emotions in "I'm an Ordinary Man" and "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face". Sure, most people will still want to own the Andrews/Harrison recording, and that is okay. But if you ponder buying another one, take this.
am 23. November 2009
At last, I think I have started to enjoy "My Fair Lady". I still think that Julie Andrews does not sound "ghetto" enough to be totally believable as the unrefined early version of Eliza Doolittle, but she certainly captures her innate fire in tracks like "Just you Wait" and "Show me". As Henry Higgins, Rex Harrison gets the best songs of the musical, and he does well by "I'm an Ordinary Man", "A Hymn to him" and "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face". Surprisingly, Stanley Holloway is as unannoying as one can be as Alfred P. Doolittle. His renditions of "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get me to the Church on Time" border on charming. In the end, "My Fair Lady" is not really what I consider a quintessential musical - especially because for a musical with a protagonist who treasures language so highly, the lyrics are just above mediocre. But certainly this is one of those classics that have lost some of their original edge mostly by being canonized. Without a doubt, this recording belongs in any collection.