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Les Misérables Live! Dream the Dream 2010 Cast Album (25th Anniversary) [Double CD, Live]

The 2010 Cast Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Live
  • Label: First Night Records
  • ASIN: B003Y73F6W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prologue/Look Down
2. Valjean's Soliloquy
3. At the End of the Day
4. I Dreamed a Dream
5. Lovely Ladies
6. Fantine's Arrest
7. The Runaway Cart
8. Who Am I
9. Fantine's Death
10. The Confrontation
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Attack On Rue Plumet
2. One Day More
3. Building the Barricade
4. On My Own
5. The Barricade
6. A Little Fall of Rain
7. The First Attack
8. Drink With Me
9. Bring Him Home
10. The Second Attack
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Product Description

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Original Cast recording from 2010's new 20th Anniversary production of the classic musical based on Victor Hugo's novel. This recording features John Owen Jones (voted the best ever Jean Valjean by worldwide fans of the show), Earl Carpenter as Javert and Gareth Gates as Marius.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but pretty good 11 Sep 2012
By Jessica
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Les Mis for many years and own 7 cast recordings in 3 languages. This is not a perfect recording, but it is very good and I was pleasantly surprised by it.

The Good:

It is a live recording, which I feel is less sterile than a studio recording, but some might be distracted by the enthusiastic audience and the slight distant quality that comes with it. It's also the only recording in English with the post-1997 changes and the new orchestrations (of which I am a fan, myself).

In terms of the cast, John Owen-Jones alone is worth the price of admission. The man is a legend and this is the only legal recording of his Valjean available. He lives up to the reputation.

Katie Hall's Cosette has a very sweet voice, and is never shrill, unlike in some other recordings. Cosette is a difficult character to make likable, but she is lovely here.

Gareth Gates (Marius) is the big surprise in this album for me. He is not Michael Ball, but he is a capable singer and a good fit for Marius, definitely a better fit than Nick Jonas was in the 25th anniversary concert. He comes off as very young and naive, and I find him endearing.

Earl Carpenter starts off as a good Javert, not standing out particularly, but not completely botching it. Then he gets to the barricade, gets angry, and I love him to bits.

The ensemble, Les Amis de l'ABC in particular, are all very enthusiastic and really shine.

The Bad and the Boring:

Madalena Alberto as Fantine and Rosalind James as Eponine have very "pop" voices and a tendency to slide their notes. James in particular just sounds out of place in this sort of musical and makes some odd choices in emphasis.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 30 Oct 2010
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A must have for any Les Mis fans. Having seen the 2010 show at the theatre, it is wonderful being able to relive the show. Had my doubts about Gareth Gates as Marius. Could only picture him as a 'pop singer'. How wrong I was. He was surprisingly good. I had intended to buy this cd at the theatre but a made a big saving by buying from Amazon. As this is a live cd, there is some applause but this didn't detract from the overall enjoyment. You must buy this, you wont regret it.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 22 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
This CD is absolutley magical and captures the show at its best having been recorded live on stage earlier in the year.A really amazing buy(I paid the full price of 20 pounds for mine)While the original London cast CD is purely just the songs this CD has all the recititieve(sing speaking)that I adore. All the cast have stunning voices and the sound quality is sublime. If you've seen the show then this is a spectacular souviner if not then this is probably the best way to get the Les Mis experience from, in my opinion if not the best then certainly one of the best Les Mis productions and casts ever!
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Mis Comes On Leaps and Bounds 11 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
I saw the new production of Les Miserables at the Lowry in Salford last night where I picked up the CD and also saw it in March. The original production I have also seen in Manchester, London and New York.
I have had the original CD for many years and have loved it. However it was recorded before changes were made to the show and some parts are missing while others are included that are no longer in the show.
This CD however is for me the definitive version. It was recorded live in Manchester earlier this year (an added bonus) and the performances throughout are very strong particularly from Eponine, Jean Valjean, Javert and Enjolras.
The orchestrations are very different, much bigger sounding and the timing is different which adds to improve the show. The photos in the booklet give a good impression of how the new show looks and comments are included from various people involved with Les Mis over the years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful musical production 28 Feb 2012
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If you are familiar with the Music of Les Miserables then you do not need it described. I saw the London production several times loving it more each time. This CD just serves to increase my enjoyment of this amazing musical. It seems to me a faithful representation of the stage version.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful interpretation of a magnificent score 12 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love this interpretation of the magnificent Les Miserables score. Having been to see the anniversary production several times I was delighted to learn that there was to be a recording of this very talented cast.

It's a live recording, but the quality is better than many studio versions and whoever did the mixing did a great jobt to ensure the applause only serves to invigorate the listening experience without interfering.

Les Miserables stalwarts John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter are excellent at Valjean and Javert, but the young cast also impresses. Gareth Gates is a delight as Marius, with a beautiful and wonderfully expressive voice, while Rosalind James is a remarkable Eponine, who gets to the core of her character, although I acknowledge her style is a bit "too modern" for some tastes.

BUT, If you want a recording that sounds exactly like the original, or the 10th anniversary recordings, then keep on listening to those, but if you love Les Miserables, or live theatre and want a great CD to add to your collection, this is a must have. If you weren't lucky enough to hear this live, the album is the very next best thing.
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Fantastic! Love Les Mis
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I like this show but was a little disappointed that I didn't get the one with Alfie Boe in the lead role.
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This is a first class recording of this great show I have many recordings of this show and this ranks among the best,
Published 1 month ago by derek ralph woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Mis Live
This is absolutely superb as it has the whole show rather than just hi-lights. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves the show. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. H. Cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Always like this musical and I thought I'd buy c.d to listen to in the car, very enjoyable, would highly recommend
Published 1 month ago by Mrs J Gallacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I bought this cd as my husband and I both love the 25th anniversary dvd, so it is really good to have it on a cd.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Anne Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars best musical eva
fantastic, love the cd. its my favourite musical and this cd means I can have it whenever I want. all the songs on, brilliant.
Published 2 months ago by lynne stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Les Mis on CD
Comparing this to The Original 1985 Cast Recording (Colm Wilkinson lead), 25th Anniversary (Alfie Boe lead), and the Motion Picture Soundtrack (Hugh Jackman), this stands out as my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by nemarsde
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh joy!!!!
What is there to say that has not been said so many times. Brilliant. Superb. Breathtaking. I never get tired of listening to Le Mis and this is almost as good as being in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeff P
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