This recording of Brigadoon is by far the best...ever.
Rebecca Luker is SO magnificient. I love her sooo much. I saw her on Broadway when she performed as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and i was thoroughly enchanted and still am. Her voice is truly perfect for Fiona, her soaring soprano is beautful and touching. I would but this CD for the sole reason of hearing Rebecca Luker sing Fiona's part.
Fortuantley, there are many other reasons to buy this CD, one of them being Brent Barret. He does a magnificient job with Tommy's songs. It's not the ideal voice for the role, (a bit too tenor-ish in tonality) but it is by FAR the best recorded. The Heather on The Hill is great.
Judy Kaye is in top form here. I love Judy Kaye and her hammy belt voice. Easily the perfect role choice for Meg, ever. She's soooo perfect it's unblieveable. She made my laugh out loud just listening to her, her vocals are ideal, it's just magnificient. It's hard to find anything wrong with Kaye (Ragtime and Pajama Game listeners will vouch for that). Kaye is a gem. Best recorded Meg, easily.
John Mark Ainsley is also in top notch form. Although i didn't care for "Go Home With Bonnie Jean" (tooooo slow) "Come to Me, Bend to Me" is GORGEOUS. Ainsley's voice is soft, flowing and angelic. Excellent job.
And finally, the last star of this recording is the FANTASTIC orchestra and choir. Lowe's work has never been played or sung to such wonderful perfection. Most recordings are not even close to this perfect in sound. The choir is spot on, and the orchestra is thrilling. Very rarely to I intently listen to long ballet music or overtures, but the very second the strings started to play in the prologue, I was enchanted.
In short, this is the best possible recording of Brigadoon. Buy it. You will LOVE it.