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  • Audio CD (10 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: First Night Records
  • ASIN: B000026YO5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue - Stephen Weller
2. Live With Somebody You Love - Matthew Cammelle
3. Your Wedding Day - Michael Bauer
4. The Deluge - Kerry Washington
5. I'm Martin Guerre - Stephen Weller
6. Without You As A Friend - Matthew Cammelle
7. Death Scene - Matthew Cammelle
8. God's Anger - Lisa Pearce
9. How Many Tears - Joanna Riding
10. Welcome To The Land - Lisa Pearce
11. Don't - Matthew Cammelle
12. The Holy Fight - Johnathon Penton
13. The Revelation - Kerry Washington
14. The Day Has Come - Kerry Washington
15. The Courtroom - Johnathon Penton
16. Who? - Company
17. I'm Martin Guerre - Johnathon Penton
18. All That I Love - Matthew Cammelle
19. The Imposter Is Here - Kerry Washington
20. The Final Witness - Michael Bauer
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Product Description

Product Description

The team of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg composed the operatic score for the stage adaptation of Martin Guerre a tale set in 16th-century France.

Tracklisting

  1. Prologue
  2. Live With Somebody You Love
  3. Your Wedding Day
  4. The Deluge
  5. I'm Martin Guerre
  6. Without You As A Friend
  7. Death Scene
  8. God's Anger
  9. How Many Tears
  10. Welcome To The Land
  11. Don't
  12. The Holy Fight
  13. The Revelation
  14. The Day Has Come
  15. The Courtroom
  16. Who?
  17. I'm Martin Guerre
  18. All That I Love
  19. The Imposter Is Here
  20. The Final Witness
  21. The Verdict
  22. Justice Will Be Done
  23. Why?
  24. The Burning
  25. The Killing
  26. Live With Somebody You Love

Amazon.co.uk Review

Rather than succumbing to what would have seemed a timely death, the increasingly "floppy" Martin Guerre was hurried out of London in the summer of 1998 and totally pulled apart, this time not by canine critics, but by the producers themselves. Among the creative risks--there were always the financial ones--was displacing the brand new cast in Leeds for months, exposing a startled ensemble to devising and improvisation work on an unprecedented scale. The music also suffered some serious weight loss--the Martin Guerre pit orchestra, once the largest in the West End, was trimmed till it fitted into a pair of medium flight cases--a handful of instrumentalists serving as icing for the staple portions of programmed keyboard arrangements. The rigorous exercise programme paid off. Emerging from the West Yorkshire "operating theatre" was a slim, but gripping story, powerful at its core and hard hitting in its bare form, with exceptionally strong ensemble singing as a prime characteristic. As usual Schönberg delivers in the field of orchestration, though Boubil's libretto is still riddled with the familiar clangers. Obviously the reformists never dared to stray far from the narrow path of rigorous rhyme schemes that repeatedly turn the deepest existential trauma into a mere platitude. Recorded partly in the studio, partly whilst on the road, this 1999 cast recording features a handful of strong, believable soloists and tight ensemble pieces sizzling with energy. --Yngvil V.G.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
After seeing the production in Leeds I bought the 1997 recording, which was great. Then this came & I think it's a great improvement. The orchestra has been greatly reduced, leaving a smaller, but more effective and medieval sound, which suits the atmosphere of the story better. Plus all the new songs are brilliant, especially "Without you as a friend" and the chorus numbers about the flood and the drought in which the villagers blame the misfortunes on Martin, and later, Bertrande. These make up for the seriously reduced "Working on the Land". My only complaint is the the amount of music that is missing off the CD, for example, Benoit's song with Louison is totally missing. Other than that, a joy to listen to!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By O. Mawdsley on 22 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's not that this recording is bad. It's actually half decent... But if you've hread the original 1997 recording, you'll know what I mean. The instrumentation has been greatly reduced on this recording (down from about 50 to 5), meaning it loses a lot of depth the original score had. That's another this, as weel, the score is greatly changed from the original, and I think the original was far superior. If you want to listen to Martin Guerre, then I think you'll have to content yourself with this recording as the other is out of print... But if you see the original around anywhere, for God's sake buy it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard Martin Guerre was when I bought the tape of the original London Cast recording. Having played that to death, I then went in search of a CD version. The only one I could find was the Leeds cast recording - and what a shame.A lot of the stirring music from the London production had lost its oomph by the time it reached Leeds. Having said that, there is still plenty of rousing stuff to make it worth buying. The whole show does not seem to flow quite as well as either Les Mis or Miss Saigon; but for all that it is an energetic recording with plenty of strong solo and ensemble numbers.
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By Paul on 12 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I played this once and put it aside disappointed in the lack of intricate melodies found in Mes Mis and Miss Saigon. Luckily on a long car journey it was the only CD in my glove box and I was forced to try it again. This time I became seduced by its pulsating primal rhythms. With full orchestra and chorus these repetitive beats become truly hypnotic and remain in the head for days, similar to the experience following a visit to Disneyland but much more enjoyable.
This is a CD really worth adding to your collection; give it 2 or 3 plays and you'll be captivated
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By D. A. Putley on 4 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
At the time of writing still my favourite musical alongside CHESS, Follies, Show Boat, Wicked and Seussical.

The tunes are brilliant and the lyrics expressive. The second half Court Room scene is reminiscent of One Day More but but more multi layered.

Sadly continues to be overshadowed by previous works ( in similar vein, Kander and Ebb's Kiss of the Spiderwoman and The Rink are better shows than Chicago, yet Chicago remains the more popular) but SO deserves such more acclaim and interest.
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By K. B. Hottle on 17 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
We have never seen the play, but we know well the history of the story. We literally wore out a CD of the music and could not find a replacement here in the US, so we were pleased to find another in England. Most Americans are unacquainted with the story, but we have taught it for many years. The play and its music convey what we know of life in late medieval France wonderfully.
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