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Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall / O. [SHM-CD, Import]

Andrew Lloyd Webber Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: SHM-CD, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0061P67L4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious! 29 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have read the other reviews and responses, and while I agree with the criticisms of those who only gave this wonderful CD 3 stars, I feel that there is enough there to make up for any flaws that are most likely due to the fact that this is a live CD, and most likely a rushed one. I came from the States and was there for all three performances; I ordered the CD from Amazon UK so I would not have to wait until February to get it. I love Ramin Karimloo as Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine, and there is little if any problem in this CD to take away from their glorious passion and voices, and that awesome booming organ at the Royal Albert Hall. I get cold chills every time I hear those opening chords. I have attended Phantom at Her Majesty's many times, and I certainly noticed the ensemble being so much fuller at this celebration. Of course the ensemble is better than usual; it is made up of singers like Simon Bailey (former Raoul at Her Majesty's), Killian Donnelly (current Raoul at Her Majesty's), and Sophia Escobar, (current Christine at Her Majesty's). Yes, it is most regrettable that Sarah Brightman's performance is not on the CD; I can only assume that there was a copy write problem, because it was a glorious rendition. Michael Crawford, I'm sure, chose not to sing, and there is nothing anyone could do about that. He was offered the opportunity I am sure. He did not even show up until the last performance; he was not present for the first two. Perhaps he felt he could no longer do the music justice? Who knows? Yes, I also agree that sometimes one has to adjust the sound because the music is louder than the spoken parts, but again the fuller ensemble, and the more modern orchestration (I mean I even heard an electric guitar in a number or two! Read more ›
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Substnadard 15 Nov 2011
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Now before the backlash starts I am a huge Phan and I loved every moment of the anniversary special, but I am disappointed with this cd/mp3 release. Why? Quite simply the standard of the recording. I appreciate that this was filmed live, but there are some criminally long stretches of just sheer applause (grand finale I am looking at you) and in certain places (the opening Overture) the sound quality is not up to par. Sienna Borgess and Ramin Karimiloo sound fantastic as usual, and it is wonderful to have a CD with the whole score and not just snippets of this like the original, but the most criminal thing of all, having the 3= minute introduction in the grand finale of simply applause then ALW talking, to introduce Sarah Brightman... and then immediately skip her wonderful rendition of Phantom to do the group/four phantoms music of the night.

I saw the show so know she definitely sang this and whilst I appreciate this may be for legal reasons I find the exclusion rather baffling, especially as everything else, including the long applauses have been present in their full glory. It almost makes the last track redundant as, as great as the Four phantoms singing is, it doesn't provide the full experience I was hoping for.

Never the less still a must buy for true phans, although for newcomers I would still recommend the original 1986 soundtrack, or if you must the movie soundtrack (yes I know) as they at least benefit from the production values of a studio recorded album.

One hopes that maybe ALW will reunite the cast from this and record this in the studio , but this is unlikely, maybe in another 5 years we will have the album this should have been, until then this is still a wonderful album, just disappointing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound Quality Fail.... 5 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was dearly hoping to be be able to give this a 5-star review...have seen the Blu-Ray and it is I was just a mite disappointed to get this through the post and put it on to hear a poorly mixed (almost all voices come from the "centre" - no seperation at all....not to mention the frequent muddy sound) and actually extremely QUIET CD. I know the arguments for/agaionst the "loudness" wars, so please don't think I am saying that it should be deafening....but for it to be this quiet is simply not right.

A 5 Star show, turned into a 3 star CD. Not what I hoped for, and far better is possible (the soundtrack of the Blu-Ray is vastly superior in quality and mixing).
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST COMPLETE PERFORMANCE ON CD 4 Aug 2014
By st
Format:Audio CD
COMPLETE: first of all, this is so far the most complete official English full recording of this musical I've ever heard (there were a few changes in the order of the lines, e.g. Firmin and André's entrance is after the rehearsal of "Hannibal" instead of while the ballet; but there is more or less the full original text). A little modification was made in the ending of "Whishing you were somehow here again", adding an orchestral climax where the original had an ending nearly a cappella. (Better also the sound effects, especially the Phantom's fireballs, in the second act, where tey sound as a blaze insted of as a cracker)
VS. THE ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING: while perhaps Sierra Boggess has not Sarah Brightman's purest voice, she studied as a soprano and it's rather evident, and her top rings somehow like Brightman's even though it's fuller and warmer; Ramin Karimloo's virile voice is far much better and more suited to the Phantom than Michael Crawford's shrill one, and much more shadowed.
VS. SCHUMACHER'S 2004 CAST: surely the cast is better than Schumacher's movie soundtrack, whose cast is quite opposite to the Original Cast recording: better Phantom (Butler's rocky voice), but ludicrous Christine (Emmy Rossum) whose feeble voice wouldn't be heard after the first row in a real opera house - and Schumacher's demystifying approcah which ruins the magic of the show (other than nearly full rewriting and senseless switching of diaglogues and "recitatives") - which you can find in the integrale recording of the soundtrack on two discs.
ORCHESTRA: the orchestration is quite rich, with the enormous orchestra they assembled for the event, and the acting very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A must for all Andrew Lloyd Webber fans.
Published 2 months ago by MARGARET SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Speechless. Seen the show 75 times
Published 2 months ago by linda charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance
This is now my favourite performance of the Phantom.

I have been captivated ever since I was bought the album of the original cast on vinyl. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kingsbayfisherman
5.0 out of 5 stars cd of phantom of the opera
loved it,already had the dvd. great songs, now i can listen to them in the car as well. deliverey was good too.
Published 4 months ago by pauline penfold
5.0 out of 5 stars Cd
This was a Christmas present for my Grandaughter and she loves it, she sings all the songs and has now just got a place at a stage school in London, she is gonna be famous.
Published 6 months ago by Sue Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous version of this stunning musical!
Fabulous with Ramin as the Phantom! he is sensational! My daughter plays this in the car constantly! A must buy!
Published 8 months ago by Helen Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall
This is an excellent CD, and a good companion to the DVD of the stage show starrring Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hausfrau
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramin Karimloo is the best Phantom of them all
If you are a fan of Phantom and a fan of Ramin Karimloo, then you are in for an amazing treat. His voice is so compelling and filled with emotion. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Margaret A. Andrae
1.0 out of 5 stars CD not DVD
thought it was a DVD Appeared to be on your advert.In any case sound volume control was awful. No more thank you
Published 11 months ago by f melford
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
Love this musical! Great performance from all concerned and considering some of it is recorded for the actual show the sound is excellent.
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