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Notre Dame De Paris Soundtrack, Import

4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg
  • ASIN: B0012GN17U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Even if you can't understand the French, I'm sure you'll find the original French recordings the best. We saw the show at the Palais de Congres and it was simply wonderful, with some top French singers. The English version in London was still wonderful although I felt the audience didn't quite know what to make of it and some I am sure didn't like it - they weren't used to the different presentation style of the French who aren't, or weren't at that time, into our sort of musical. To the French the song was everything, not the acting.

But I was already hooked on Plamondon's wonderful Starmania, which we also saw in Paris, so I knew what to expect.

You can (or could) buy both these French versions on DVD as unlike here, the French will quickly issue a DVD of a popular show, thank goodness for all of us who can't go over there at will.

This musical is based on Hugo's most wonderful and poignant story, Notre Dame de Paris. The staging is modernistic - stylised - but fascinating seen on the Palais's huge stage. The stage in London was not so suitable, being an old-fashioned theatre. I think it would work better here with English/American style presentation and lots more "acting".

The music is simply glorious - one of my most favourite musicals. It is lush. Starmania, which is a "modern fable" set in a grim Parisian banlieu, is very different and more a rock opera in style. Both are ultimately cynical and tragic - very French.

The French double CD set in bronze-coloured presentation box with libretto and illos is the one to get if you want just the music. Or both as I have.
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This CD is fantastic. Tina Arena's performance of 'Live' is amazing!! The cast on this CD are wonderfull. I would advise that you buy the English version as the French version does not capture the emotion of this wonderful musical.

It is a shame that the French words in the French version and the French singers (although talented i'm sure) do not capture the full emotion of the musical and their voices are lacking in power and strengh, there are many times in this musical where a powerfull voice is called for.

Lucky the English version is available with the fantastic Tina Arena and Celine Dion. Natasha St Pier is ok also. Garou does well and if you know the musical well you understand his gruff tones and rough pronunciation fit the CD.

Buy it, it's fantastic!!
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This cd is of a great show that french speaking audiences loved, this english version does indeed differ in translation but nothing is lost. Tina arena has a wonderful voice but for me it is Steve Balsamo who should be having bouquets thrown at his feet for this beautiful performance,what a shame he has so few songs,his voice is one that can move you to tears due to its incredible range and his awe-inspiring sensitivity. a great listen, full marks !!
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When we listen to opera, we don't really worry ourselves with the translation (although it is nice to have). So it should be here. It's really too bad this musical/modern opera just couldn't be presented here in the original French. I'm afraid this may come off as elitist, but hey, the original is SO SO SO much better than this!

Tina Arena (Esmeralda) may have a fantastic voice. Unfortunately, you won't be left with this impression when listening to this CD. There's a harsh edge to her performance that is almost unpleasant. Her phrasing is poor. To add insult to injury, the acoustics are not spectacular, and the whole performance just absolutely does NOT come alive at all. The French recording is immeasurably better than this. When you listen to the French recording, you are just drawn into the whole story. And, if you know the story (do a little reading about the musical-- it's not necessary to read the Victor Hugo novel) you will have an idea what's happening while they're singing. (If you pick up the DVD you'll get the entire libretto (in French) and English subtitles.)

Anyways, this is just flat-out not so good. I don't mind the actual lyric translation. . . I haven't listened carefully enough to find offense with the actual choice of words the translator chose. It's really the music, the performances, and the acoustics. Noa-- who is Esmeralda in the French version-- has an incredible voice. All of the cast is fantastic. The English version is just NOT GOOD.

One more thing: It is difficult to find the unabridged 2 CD complete performance in French. It is available to download at some sites. If you can find that, rather than the one-CD abridged French that is available here, try to do that.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dad5f6c) out of 5 stars Uneven translation hurts otherwise fine NOTRE DAME 15 May 2001
By Hazen B Markoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After being a hit in both France and Canada, NOTRE DAME DE PARIS opened to less-than-rave reviews in London and Las Vegas. Listening to both the French and English versions clearly show why. The English translation tends to repeat phrases over and over in some of the songs and the tendency to be literal makes some of the songs jarring and flat. The character of Frollo is especially a victim as both his songs sound too much alike. Why sing 2 songs of your lust, when one will do? Garou is VERY effective as the tragic Quasimodo and his songs are the best of the bunch. Tina Arena makes for a solid enough Esmeralda with her version of "Live" being much better than the over-blown Celine Dion version. Overall, a decent score which needs a better translation. Recommended for fans of musicals and the Victor Hugo novel on which the show was based.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc53390) out of 5 stars An hour of magic and passion! 26 Mar. 2000
By B. Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is incredibly moving, filled with everything that one needs for an hour of sheer magic and passion. Garou is by far the pick of the bunch, his gravelly voice giving a stirring interpretation of Quasimodo. This man's talent is first class and we should hopefully hear more of him in future. Steve Balsamo is the only disappointment. The French Phoebus songs are far better with Patrick Fiori's powerful voice giving more depth to the role. Daniel Lavoie also gives an excellent rendition of Frollo. Some of the translations are a bit dubious as some of the songs lose some of their meaning in translation. Having said that there are other songs which have flourished under Will Jenning's treatment of them. I heartily endorse this CD and recommend it.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc53408) out of 5 stars French CD and American cast better 11 July 2000
By Passionate Notre Dame Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a real fan of Notre Dame de Paris. I've seen it in Quebec, London and Las Vegas. The French CD is astounding. The American cast (at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas) is THE BEST. And several of the performers from the French album sing on the London Cast album. HOWEVER, this album doesn't begin to capture the excitement and drama and passion of Notre Dame. GO SEE THE SHOW IN LAS VEGAS AND WAIT FOR AN AMERICAN ALBUM. The performers there are unbelievable. I can't figure what a show of this caliber is doing in Vegas. Or go see the London cast. Either show will give you a better idea of how this show should be performed in English. This album has new arrangements of the song "LIVE" sung by both Tina Arena and Celine Dion. Celine's version is powerful. Although Tina is a great singer, the arrangement on this album has backup singers singing do-wop and sounding like they escaped a cut from the "Lion King" to sing here. The original 4 Canadians from the French cast, Garou, Luck Mervil, Daniel LaVoie and Bruno Pelletier sound tired and bored here. They were directed badly. Quelle Domage. The material is so great. And Steve Balsamo and Natasha St. Pierre don't hold up in their roles, either. Lifeless performances. This highlight album only features the ballads and none of the exciting upbeat dance numbers. Sorry. I'd like this album to be great.I want it to be great. In my opinion, it's a pale imitation of the English version. I can only hope and pray for an American cast album.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc53798) out of 5 stars Definitely 5 stars 1 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm surprised to see that 1-star review there, so I just want to give my two cents. On the contrary, I think this album has a lot of emotion. If you think it lacks it, go listen to the French Concept, which is also a studio recording, and you'll realize that the beauty of singing is left for studio recordings, and the emotion for the real-live thing. I like the new performers: Tina Arena, Steve Balsamo, and Natasha St-Pierre, much better than their French cast counterparts (Segara, Fiori, etc...), so for this reason, this album is even better. I find the lyrics lacking though... some things just sound a bit strange in English. As for the emotion, it is quite there still, but when you listen to one version too many times (ie: the French), you get used to it. This is just a review for those who don't seem to understand this.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc531a4) out of 5 stars Maybe I've been expecting too much 1 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first thing to point out is that this CD is certainly not all that Notre Dame de Paris really is. The musical contains song after song after song of outstanding music, and only half of it is given on this 16-track long CD. Celine Dion's track is pointless, her version of Live can't be compared to Noa's Vivre, and the same thing can be said for Tina Arena, who does an uninvolved, bored version of Esmeralda's haunting Mediterranean tunes that have now been arranged into shallowy pop. I can hope this will do well in London, where it soon opens, because some of the performers are simply outstanding, and the music is so touching and great... but I wouldn't bet on it, not with Will Jennings' way-too-literal translations of many of the songs. What might have sounded powerful on French, doesn't sound half as good on English (many lines sound outright silly). Steve Balsamo, a newcomer in the English version, is good, as are the old French performers (although Luck Mervil has the great La Cour des Miracles cut out for some disappointing reason, and now has little to do). I'm glad they included "The Birds they put in cages" which is the only song Arena is good in. Still, with all the flaws it has acquired in the translating process, some credit should be given to a few songs that sound pretty nifty in English (The Birds, Belle, My Heart if you will Swear, The Refugees). The rest of the translations are cringeworthy. In the UK, only a handful of people know about this CD, and I somehow can't help wishing all the Brits could speak French, so they could enjoy it in the fabulous, original French version.
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