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Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater
18 Jan. 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2006
  • Release Date: 18 Jan. 2009
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Universal Music Classical
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  • Total Length: 1:01:29
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  • ASIN: B001QT70ES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,940 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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It's a great tragedy that this show only lasted two months on the West End - it really is great! I suspect the soundtrack will be more enjoyable for people who have seen the show, but whether or not you got in there before it ended this is a great musical score and is highly recommended!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barbicandy on 28 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I did not feel that "Spring Awakening" worked on stage that well as musical - the blend of nineteenth century story and contemporary lyrics jarred rather for me. The soundtrack stands out on its own though as sensitive and stimulating throughout and you really do not have to follow the plot to enjoy the poetic lyrics and raw emotional score of teenage angst.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A "Romeo and Juliet" for the rock n roll age. 25 Mar. 2007
By I. Sondel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I saw this on Broadway without having heard this recording. In this particular case I'm glad I didn't as my experience of total shock and surprise and wonderment may somehow have been diminished. As I sat in my seat at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre I was held spellbound by the energy, talent and beauty of this cast (which features multiple Tony winner Stephen Spinella). However, as great as the cast is (and they are indeed great), the stars of the night were director Michael Mayer, choreographer Bill Jones and the composing team of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

A teenage angst musical set in Germany circa 1890 and featuring a rock n roll score didn't actually sound like something that would interest me. Yet, in the hands of these grossly talented people, this material has been reanimated into a work of fabulous art, rooted in tradition and yet wholly original.

I picked up this CD after I returned home and have listened to it several times - and still cry. The music and lyrics are top drawer. The cast in dynamic. This is quality rock and roll - the high energy numbers are terrific, but the ballads (and they are plentiful) are what keep me listening again and again. Buy this CD (see this show).
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Something special 30 Dec. 2006
By Miles Teg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I saw this show at the Eugene O'Neill Theater just after Christmas and about 30 seconds into Lea Michele's hauntingly beautiful opening solo number, "Mamma Who Bore Me", I knew I was witnessing something special. I'm old enough to remember when groundbreaking shows/albums such as "Hair", "Tommy", and "Jesus Christ Superstar" burst onto the scene and I got the same feeling while watching Act I of "Spring Awakening", that this was something new and vital.

Now before I get flamed, I don't think "Spring Awakening" is on the same level, either in terms of quality or originality, as those classics from the late-60's musical revolution. But I've become bored to tears with, as one reviewer aptly described it, "the era of jukebox and made-by-corporate committee film-to-musical shows". "Spring Awakening" is a wake up call for the Broadway musical genre, something fresh and alive. It's youthful energy, creativity, and hormones splashed all over the stage. As some critics have noted, it's uneven in places but the best part of the show is the part being reviewed here, i.e. the soundtrack.

The score is terrific and the performances are outstanding. The lyrics are a bit obscure at times, but are spot on in most songs (e.g. "Totally F*cked").

Highly recommended.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Simply Incredible! 2 Jan. 2007
By Justin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I saw the play version of this about 3 years ago and found it both deeply moving and very engaging. I always thought it would make a good musical, I just never thought it could be done as a pop/rock musical, but it CAN. "Spring Awakening" is the most amazing thing I have ever seen on stage. The cast and direction were incredible. The story of teenagers coming of age in 19th century repression may seem like a far off topic for a Broadway musical, but the music (which is both poetic and emotional) connects it to contemporary audiences. It transports you back to the memories of when you were 13 and discovering who you are and how things work. It's both frightening and rewarding. And it's interesting to watch teenagers who either know absolutely nothing about sex (the character Wendla believes babies come from Storks) or feel that sexuality is so evil it will send them to hell, experience feelings of eroticism, pleasure, attraction, and puberty and all the confusion and mystery that goes with it. Many people may find this subject matter offensive, in fact many audiences members left during intermission, but the same thing happened when "West Side Story", "Sweeny Todd", and "Rent" first opened and now they are classics.

This musical takes risks, breaks conventional musical rules, and it proves that Musical theatre is changing. It has to. How can anyone expect a living art form to remain stagnant when the world is changing around it? For years I've been hearing about the death of Broadway. And it's true that Broadway has been caught in a time warp of shallow, commercial safety, with big-budget producers and uninspired "non-risk" fluff, I mean just look at "Tarzan", "Mamma Mia", and all the revivals that keep getting redone over and over. This show gives me hope for the future of Broadway and of Musical Theatre.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I love the music on this cast recording 12 Jun. 2007
By Robert G Yokoyama - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a cast recording of a musical about teenage sexuality. This is also a musical about what can happen when parents do not communicate with their children. It is a sad show with a serious tone, but the music is great. Duncan Sheik did an excellent job composing these songs. There are so many strong performances here. Lea Michelle has a beautiful singing voice on track "Mama Who Bore Me" She plays the female lead Wendela. Lea Michelle is also superb on the track "Whispering" My other favorite track is "The Bitch Of Living" John Gallagher Jr. is so good singing lead vocals with the cast. This rock song really pumps me up. "I Believe is a such a pretty track, and so is the track Song Of The Purple Summer" These songs are so optimistic and hopeful. I really liked it. Lauren Pitchard shines in her role as IIse. She is a victim of child abuse. She sings the very moving song "The Dark I Know" This song is very powerful and it is one of my favorites on this recording. Jonathan Groff performs the track "The Mirror Blue Night" beautifully. This is a great song about the passage of time. I enjoyed every track on this recording, and I hope to see the show someday.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A must see, must hear for parents and teens together 11 Jun. 2007
By Theresa M. Schimmels - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As the parent of a teenager I was a little nervous when someone suggested seeing Spring Awakening on our trip to Broadway this year. I researched the show up front so I knew what to expect and did prep my teenager as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, it's messages and the music. It's been a couple of weeks since we've seen it and we are still humming the tunes! I've seen a lot of theater over the years and this is one of the most unique productions I have ever experienced. The music is fantastic, played by a talented and unique band. If you haven't seen the show you might misunderstand what is on the CD. Don't let the language turn you off- this musical is out to make a point and it does! I recommend the musical and the CD, although with parental supervision for anyone younger than 16 years old. I would not recommend this for anyone younger than 13 or 14 years old.
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