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Chess In Concert

Chess In Concert
14 Sep 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 12 Jun 2009
  • Release Date: 12 Jun 2009
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2009 Heartaches Limited under exclusive license to Reprise Records.
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  • Total Length: 2:11:11
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  • ASIN: B002OKU8OW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,075 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 11 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
Four items make this a must-have. The first is Josh Groban singing the classic "Anthem", where, as the Russian chess champion, he avows his love for his homeland. As the Russian's discarded wife, Svetlana, Kerry Ellis turns in an awesome, heartfelt nailing of "Someone Else's Story." Then there's "The Story of Chess", where the chorus brilliantly performed Tim Rice's witty take on the evolution of chess. Finally, the Quartet, where Florence (Idina Menzel), the Russian Anatoly, his minder Molokov and the Arbiter deplore how chess has sunk from "a model of decorum and tranquillity" to a battleground where people "slug it out with glee."

I was lucky enough to witness this superb 21st Anniversary concert production in the Royal Albert Hall, London, last year. The story is not entirely gripping - love, betrayal, - but the subject is fascinating: Cold War and Chess. The songs are uniformly outstanding.

As to the cast, Groban was a revelation: a brilliant actor as well as singer. As Florence, Idina Menzel, although superb in Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast), was too strident for my taste, lacking subtlety and roundness in acting. David Bedella, wonderful in Jerry Springer: the Opera, was a great, sinister Molokov. Marti Pellow (of pop group Wet Wet Wet) was a disappointment as the Arbiter, a little under-performed I felt.

Rice's lyrics are trenchant, tender, intelligent, witty. The music, by Benny and Bjorn of ABBA, is a perfect rock score, conveying all the emotions and tensions necessary and fully matching the lyrics.

In the main, this is a superb production of a classic and underestimated musical.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on 30 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
This recording had the oppurtunity to be the best recording of 'Chess' yet. I'm not sure it is that, however.
The wonderful score and lyrics sound truly amazing and the concert boasted some strong cast members; such as Josh Groban as the Russian, his voice soaring and rich; Kerry Ellis, as Svetlana, whose smooth vocals are by far the best of the women on the album; Adam Pascal delivers a confident and seemingly effortless performance as the American, whose part is notoriously difficult for most tenors.
The album unfortunately suffers from some weaker performances; Marti Pellow as the Arbiter sometimes suffers as being underwhelming at times, though perhaps this is just a rather different take to a somewhat unusual character. But by far the weakest link is Idina Menzel who is terribly mis-cast as Florence. Her vocals in the higher registers sound strained and quite shouty. Her acting is quite one-dimensional also and, with her character having the most to sing, her weakness as a performer is glaringly obvious here where her diction is hard to make out and even whole words are missing! Menzel has a particular way of bending phrases and her timing often ruins some her numbers; her performance in 'I Know Him So Well' is probably the most glaring where it seems she's simply anxious to finish way ahead of the orchestra at times. 'Heaven Help My Heart' is another example.
The supporting cast, however, are strong; especially David Bedella, as Molokov, giving a delicious performance with husky vocals both strong and resonant.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Chess for years, and I own pretty much every official recording of the various productions worldwide - I couldn't pass up the chance to hear a new one!

There are numerous different versions of the production, and this one is pretty much the definitive track listing - as per the Danish Complete Cast recording that came out a few years ago (now sadly deleted), this is all the songs from the original West End version in the right order, with the addition of the excellent "Someone Else's Story" from the Broadway production. So it's pretty much all of Chess, which is good.

The recording quality is ok, although I think it suffers slightly from being a live recording, as there is the odd bit of sibilance on some vocals. I'm probably nitpicking here, though.

The performances are in general very good, with one significant exception. Josh Groban and Adam Pascal are both very good as Anatoly and Freddy, and the supporting players also put in creditable performances.

However, the whole thing is completely ruined, for me, by Idina Menzel's massacring of the role of Florence. Her voice is dreadful - weak, shrill and strident, with an unpleasant country-and-western twang in places. She is out of tune on occasion, and even misses out syllables from the lyrics whenever she feels like it. OK, she's got big shoes to fill in a role that Elaine Paige made her own on the original recording, but Menzel's performance is a travesty, and it sets my teeth on edge whenever she appears. Given that several of the set pieces in Chess are performed by Florence ("Nobody's Side", "Heaven Help My Heart" etc), this is a key role, and Menzel simply isn't good enough for the part.

A real shame - with a decent singer in the role of Florence, this could have been the definitive version of Chess. As it is, it is hard to recommend.
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