This is a CD that is very special to me and I wanted to write something about it, but after reading the previous reviews there isn't much else I can add about this fabulous album, other than, perhaps, you may think this is crossover music. It is not.
It is a very well written, very enjoyable double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. Whether you are familiar with Phantom of the Opera or not, you will enjoy it. If you are familiar with the musical, you will recognise all the main songs from the musical and you may even find yourself singing along to the music!
The way the 'songs' are arranged for cello and violin and the way they are linked together is fantastic and the pace is just right, it keeps you hooked for the whole half an hour (or just over), from the dramatic opening (which must be exceptionally difficult to play for both the cellist and the violinist!!) to the bitter-sweet ending.
Both Julian Lloyd Webber and Sarah Chang give a flawless performance here and prove the world class musicians they are.
Really hope to be able to hear it performed live again.
You often hear that classical music is a form of art that can express human feelings, from fear to love, from anger to joy, from sadness to hope .....well, you will find all of these feelings in here. Enjoy.