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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: 9,239 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 30 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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10 of 12 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jools on 10 Jan 2014
Format: Audio CD
I bought Chess in Concert for my Husband who was an original, regular, West End Chess goer. He saw the production 20 times. He was completely blown away by this video. He reckoned it far outweighed the original. The production was incredible, clarity and sound amazing. HE THOUGHT FLORENCE WAS BRILLIANT. after reading the reviews I was nearly put off purchasing this item. I am so very happy with the purchase. for the man who has got everything this is classed as the best gift ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill O'Brien on 20 Jun 2013
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This might have been 5 stars had it not been for the leading ladies. Sorry but both Ms Mendel and Ms Ellis have nasal voices that just grate on me and both Elaine Paige and Judy Kuhn (Florence) and Barbara Dickson (Svetlana) from the original West End and Broadway recordings are far better. But I suppose you can't have everything. What I wanted was the complete score not a selection, and this gives you that. Great chorus work too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Crawford on 19 Oct 2009
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I got both the CD & DVD of Chess In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall & after 25 years it has matured with age. All performers should be congratulated, The soloists, choir, orchestra & graphics to me were fantastic. I think Anthem is the best piece of music that Benny & Bjorn ever wrote, it is so powerful & always sends shivers down my spine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil The Bear on 25 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Chess ever since I saw the West End production with Anthony Head playing the American. I heard Tim Rice giving this version a plug on the radio a few days before it was released and thought, by what he said, that it would be superb.

Sadly, I thought it was ruined by the shrieking and tortured vocals of Idina Menzel as Florence. (I'm listening to it as I write this review and on 'You and I' she sounds like Minnie Mouse). The male parts were pretty well rendered (although the phrasing on 'One Night in Bangkok' wasn't great) and the chorus was excellent.

I haven't seen the DVD, so maybe the whole ambience of the live performance doesn't come across properly, which is a shame. On the whole though this simply isn't good enough. Compare it with the live anniversary concert of Les Mis and it's easy to see what it could have been - but it's nowhere near.

If I could have given this 0 stars - I would have.
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