I really enjoyed listening to this cast recording. As a big fan of the musical Evita, I was excited about the revival and quickly got the cd. The orchestrations are refreshing and more authentic sounding. I think they are vastly improved.
Elena Roger is amazing as Eva Peron. Her genuine Argentine accent adds to her performance. While not as harsh as others who have player her (Paige, Lupone), Roger definitely gives the part some oomf and attitude! 9/10
Matt Rawle is a great choice for Che. Although not my favorite in the part, he definitely leaves his mark on Che. His Che, in my opinion, is slightly less outspoken than others who have played him. He does have a wonderful voice. 8/10
Philip Quast has an amazing voice, I just wish he had a bigger part than Peron. He has such a rich voice. He is definitely one of the highlights of the album. 10/10.
Gary Milner really hams it up as Magaldi in "On This Night of a Thousand Stars." His voice is pleasant to listen to. 9/10.
Lorna Want is very sympathetic as Peron's Mistress. Her voice is very pure and innocent. 10/10
The ensemble is amazing, especially in Requiem.
I'd say the highlights of this album are "Goodnight and Thank You," "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "Rainbow High," and "You Must Love Me."
A note: this CD is not the whole show but only the highlights.
I highly recommend buying this CD and adding it to your collection, you will not be disappointed!!