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Stephen Ward (Original Cast Recording)
Stephen Ward (Original Cast Recording)
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Price: £14.48

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Andrew Lloyd Webber's score since Sunset Boulevard, 6 Jan. 2014
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After seeing the very first performance of this musical, on 3rd December, I was expecting for this Original Cast Recording with much anticipation.
I must give 5 stars because I consider the musical and the score to be the best from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber since his Sunset Boulevard. I strongly recommend going and seeing the musical in London.

As for this score, it contains some of the best songs from Andrew in years. There are reminiscences of Sunset, Cats, Evita and even Starlight Express. There are touchs of The Woman in White and shades of Love Never Dies, in fact, it is the only musical I remember in which you recognize Lloyd Webber music through so many past musicals from him. There are even 2 notes from Memory, from Cats, hidden in one of the duets. But I don't want to be misunderstood: in spite of faint similarities, each song is original on its own. There is a wide variety: catchy songs, ballads, a love duet, strong songs based on rythm, and even more convoluted and nostalgic, like "Mother Russia", waltz-like songs like in Evita...

The first 12 songs (Act One) are very refreshing, happy and of light mood. The Act Two is much more obscure. In fact, IMHO, I would recommend Webber to change this second part, even if the story changes mood too. But I would supress one or two songs, and would write two more songs. Even if it is a lot of work for every one involved, it could extent the lifetime of the show several times, as was the case in Love Never Dies.

The performance from the cast is perfect and the quality of the recording is very high. I strongly recommend it. It is a pitty (and not understandable) that it is not in the first 10 top-selling.

The Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall
The Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive complete recording of a masterpiece, 5 Dec. 2011
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It is very nice to have the full musical complete in CD Audio. While the Original London Cast is better (the voices and musical passion of both Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford are very difficult to be surpassed), this performance is of high quality, and for a Phan like me, it is an incredible gem to have what seems the most complete version of the musical to date.

As for the potential problems in some of the tracks, well, I have heard them in both the CD-Audio and downloaded version, so, until I wait for the DVD to be received, they seem to me as some special effects. For example, in the Overture, they seem like electrical discharges from the chandelier. Not very sure, but they don't seem defects in the recording, though they are not very pleasant and, IMHO, shouldn't have been included in the audio version.

Some of the songs are slightly different from the OLC orquestration, but after two or three listenings, you finally are used to them. Sierra Boggess and Karimloo are splendid in their performance.

A must-have for any phan, and especially for anyone who likes the wonderful Andrew Lloyd Webber's music.

A Valid Path
A Valid Path

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Valid Path, 2 Sept. 2004
This review is from: A Valid Path (Audio CD)
I am a APP fan, but don't like electronica, so I first was very skeptical about this new CD by Alan Parsons. However, after listening to it, now I find it completely addictive. It is Parsons at its best, completely modernized and refreshed.
The track "Return to Tunguska" is highly psychodelical, with the guitar of David Gilmour as a luxury extra.
The CD contains as many as 6 instrumental tracks, with the atmosphere of the old APP instrumentals on it, while sounding quite modern.
Parsons has invested considerable work on this album, unlike the last one "The Time Machine". He even sings one track, with a wonderful voice which has nothing to envy to Eric Woolfson (it is indeed quite similar).
A very well-chosen New Path in Parsons journey into music and exploration of new soundscapes.

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