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  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00A80SHFM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (692 customer reviews)
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Highlights from the soundtrack to the 2013 motion picture, featuring vocal performances from Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

BBC Review

One of the unerring virtues of Tom Hooper’s film of the now-classic musical Les Misérables is that the blockbusting cast reportedly sang absolutely everything live, rather than opting for the crude mugging that miming and dubbing will always result in. A virtue indeed, but one that turns this soundtrack, divorced from context, into an incomplete experience.

The much-loved tunes have become actors’ songs rather than singers’ songs. They’re lifted from the visual splendour that housed them and plonked quite unceremoniously together, with only one dimension of their performance to show.

However, that’s not a problem for every cast-member. Much has already been made of Russell Crowe’s on-screen inadequacy as the maniacally determined and corrupted Javert, and at close quarters it’s even more noticeable. Crowe can hold a tune, certainly, but his nasal bray and floundering vocal mannerisms are wildly distracting, and a huge part of why his performance in the film canters while others gallop. In his opening number with Hugh Jackman, Look Down, he sounds tight-throated and nervous, rather than the alpha aggressor and dogged pursuer the character is supposed to be.

Other cast members fare far better. Hugh Jackman is a charged and committed Jean Valjean on record and weathers the transition to audio-only well; Anne Hathaway’s brittle and quite bonkers, Oscar-bait, Sinead O’Connor version of Fantine’s demise sounds wonderfully intense; and Eddie Redmayne’s winsome tenor is a splendid surprise as his Marius Pontmercy becomes more and more the dominant male. And special mention must go to Samantha Barks (a veteran of the stage show), giving the tragic Eponine full service in a soaring, bucolic reading of On My Own.

Simply put, you can’t keep a good tune down – and thanks to Claude-Michel Schönberg’s bewilderingly tuneful songs that keep the plot in check, there’s much to enjoy in almost any passable recording of Les Misérables. Bring Him Home, Red and Black, One Day More and the inescapable I Dreamed a Dream will be familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of modern musicals. But these treatments of them will potentially be difficult listening for anyone who doesn’t have the film playing in their head.

A partial victory then, and one buoyed by some outstanding surprise turns. But ultimately it’s the songs themselves that make this recording something more than a mere obligation.

--Daniel Ross

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256 of 271 people found the following review helpful By Shane on 11 Jan. 2013
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I'm a long-time fan of Les Misérables and I was eagerly awaiting the release of another interpretation of the classic musical. I won't discuss the film here, but will concentrate on this album.

There are 20 songs on the disk, less than half of the 49 in the film. This is clearly listed as a highlights album so I don't believe it is at all misleading, but I thought it important to stress that fact here in the review. Some of the omissions are a surprise to me; notably "Come to Me", "Do You Hear the People Sing?" and "A Little Fall of Rain" - all iconic songs for the musical in my personal opinion (plus I'd have liked to have "Little People" included as it's one I enjoy a lot). However, included is "Suddenly", a new song for the film, and the songs that are included are very strong.

Of the songs on the disk some stand out and I would like to comment on them...

Anne Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream", a portion of which was used in the trailer and has gone far and wide across the internet, is the run-away piece of this compilation for me. From it's jarring and quiet start it rides a roller-coaster of emotion and is truly amazing.

"A Heart Full of Love" shows the vocal talents of the singing actors exceptionally well as they sing together. You can feel the passion in the piece, and things like this show exactly why the cast singing live together was a great choice.

"On My own" has been my favourite song from the musical, from the very first time listening to it, and Samantha Barks doesn't disappoint as she delivers it exceptionally.

One final nod goes to the unlikely pairing of Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter for "Master of the House".
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161 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Spyro on 19 Jan. 2013
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I came back from the cinema buzzing after seeing this film and couldn't wait to get the soundtrack.

'Ok' I said to my boyfriend (who is a huge Les Mis fan) '.. which one is the song?'

'Which song?'

'You know... THE song... do you hear the people sing, singing the songs of angry men, it is the music of a people...?'

'Oh, it's just called "Do you hear the people sing?"'

... and then we both looked for it, and it wasn't there. I couldn't believe it! We played every song on here just in case it was called something different, but nope.

As other people have said, I know it's only meant to be the highlights, but the biggest song from the film, which has been in my head for days, isn't on here. I have no idea why! The whole story is about the french revolution and this is THE song which gets to the heart of that. So 2 stars I'm afraid!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles on 24 Jan. 2013
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In my opinion the best Les Mis vocal recording is the 10th anniversary Gala Performance recorded at the Royal Albert Hall. The film is wonderful, but that is mainly down to the acting, the sets etc. The singing (recorded live whilst filming) is less than perfect although completely appropriate in the film. This recording is also Highlights only and a lot of memorable songs are not included
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda M. Worthington on 5 Mar. 2013
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Can't sing any of them. Tenth anniversary recording so much better. Better they had singers who could act than vice versa
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Gordon on 18 Jan. 2013
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This soundtrack is excellent and as you listen, it reminds you of the various parts of the film. Thoroughly enjoyable and at a great price this week...half the price of itunes!!Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kiba on 20 Jan. 2013
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What a fantastic soundtrack! ever song still has all the emotion that was in the film unlike some that just record a 'nicer' version. sad that some of the songs I loved didn't make it on the album guess ill just have to wait till the DVD 😊
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.S.Vernon on 25 Feb. 2013
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Les miserables
Only 2 tunes with recognisable appeal to my unsophisticated musical taste and then only a couple of bars the rest just a noise-must have to get into the mood.
didnt even order it -got my money back
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By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2013
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I have seen the stage musical `Les Misérables' a number of times in London, Manchester and Edinburgh and each time I have been mesmerised by the music. Also I have CDs of `The Original London Cast' and the `Anniversary Concert' and have spent many hours enthralled by what I hear. It was with some misgivings that I went to see the recently released film version, and yet happily, even though very different from the stage musical, in its own way it was majestic and moving - and the film is certainly 5-star. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the CD `Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack'. It must immediately be realised this is just "highlights" - but the tastes of whoever made the selection is at a variance with mine. Where are some of what I believe to be the best numbers - such as `Do You Hear The People Sing' apart from a few bars in the `Epilogue'. Also there are omissions within the songs - such as the magnificent last line `I Will Be There' in Javert's and Jean Valjean's `Confrontation'.

In spite of these sins of omission there is an extra pleasing number `Suddenly' to support Valjean's journey, and there are clever insertions of dialogue to link scenes and times. Furthermore as a film without the need to project sound throughout live theatre considerable effective use is made of quietly singing to the camera - as with Fantine's `I Dreamed A Dream' or Eponine's `On My Own'. I could be quite picky about some of the singing - Javert is not sufficiently forceful, or Cosette (older) is too shrill, but Valjean and Marius are both excellent, and my concentration was on the great advantage of film in using close ups to focus on faces and other individual features, and to bring exciting action into play.
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