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The King and I [Soundtrack, Import]

The King And I (Related Recordings), Ben Kingsley, Julie Andrews Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
  • Composer: Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Audio CD (7 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000415N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The King & I: Main Title
2. The King & I: Harbour
3. The King & I: I Whistle a Happy Tune
4. The King & I: Welcome to Bangkok
5. The King & I: My Lord and Master
6. The King & I: March of the Siamese Children
7. The King & I: Anna Unpacks
8. The King & I: Hello, Young Lovers
9. The King & I: Home, Sweet Home
10. The King & I: A Puzzlement
11. The King & I: Getting to Know You
12. The King & I: Garden Scene
13. The King & I: We Kiss in a Shadow
14. The King & I: Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?
15. The King & I: Something Wonderful
16. The King & I: Temple Scene
17. The King & I: Banquet Scene
18. The King & I: I Have Dreamed
19. The King & I: Song of the King
20. The King & I: Shall We Dance?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
There was a mini-craze in the earlier 1990s, following the release of "West Side Story" with Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa, of studio albums with opera singers and actors (e.g., Te Kanawa and Jeremy Irons doing "My Fair Lady"). My favorite of this little group has always been Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley performing Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King and I."
The role is perfectly suited for Andrews and it is virtually impossible not to prefer her singing to that of Gertrude Lawrence or Marni Nixon once you have heard "I Whistle a Happy Tune" or "Getting to Know You." Kingsley indeed has the thankless task of following Yul Brynner's role-of-a-lifetime performance as the King ("A Puzzlement"), but then the role requires an actor with style and flair, not a great singing voice. The supporting cast of Lea Salonga as Tuptim and Peabo Bryson as Lun Tha ("We Kiss in a Shadow" and "I Have Dreamed"), along with Marilyn Horner as Lady Thiang ("Something Wonderful") is absolutely first rate.
Roger Moore and Martin Sheen even make appearances as Sir Edward Ramsay and the Kralahome. This is because this album offers more of the musical's incidental music (e.g., "Anna Unpacks," "The Temple Scene") performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri, along with some of the attendant dialogue, all of which serves to enhance the experience of listening to this CD. The booklet contains a look at how the true story was turned into a Broadway musical in "I, and the King" by Theodore S. Chapin with photos of Anna Leonowens and King Mongkut (Rama IV), while musical theatre archivst Tommy Krasker provides the synopsis. It may well be heresy, but this is my favorite of my three CDs of "The King and I."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stage musicals 23 Sep 2009
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This is an excellent recording and quuite different from the film LP which most are more familiar with. It has the full musical score of songs and underscoring. Its quite good to hear the different voices rather than the familiar ones we are also so used to as from the film version. I love this album and play it often....besides Dame Julie and Sir Ben there is the added attraction of some other well known voices including the great Lea Salonga, the girl who was the original "MISS SAIGON". This is now deleted from most high street stores so get it while you can from Amazon...its well worth treating yourself if you are a lover of musicals and want to hear something a little different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cast 29 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I love this recording. The cast are superb. The King & I was originally written with a rather operatic feel to it and the majority of recordings out there are presented that way. The film version of the songs were all transposed into lower keys to make them less operatic and this recording does the same. Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley make a wonder Anna & The King. The real treat here is Lea Salonga's Tuptim. Often Tuptims sound too operatic and don't sound convincingly young. Peabo Bryson and Marilyn Horne also impress. I would recommend this fine recording to everyone!
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