- 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)
Notre Dame De Paris Soundtrack, Import
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!!
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.Read more ›