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5.0 out of 5 stars Phantastic, 1 Jun 2005
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Angela Lovelace "Angela" (Essex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lloyd Webber: Phantasia - Woman In White Suite (Audio CD)
I am a big fan of Phantom of the Opera, so this was straight on my wants list when I heard it was coming out. The music is wonderful and still fresh. This arrangement breathes a whole new life into the Poto score.
As for the second part, the Woman in White Suite, I am still quite unfamiliar with the Woman in white musical, but found it almost as enjoyable as the Poto Suite. Worth every penny and would recommend it to anyone. Lovely music that takes out of yourself for a while, and gives you the chance to relive the wondeful moments of the shows.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting & Infectious, 8 July 2005
This review is from: Lloyd Webber: Phantasia - Woman In White Suite (Audio CD)
The Phantasia Concerto for Cello and Violin is a beautiful arrangement of the musical themes of poto. It has everything you want to hear and is delivered in a romantic duet between the Phantom (cello) and Christine (violin).
As soon as I saw Julian Lloyd Webber perform this on the Classical Brit awards in May this year I was desperate to get a copy and I have listened to nothing else since!
The music of poto is the tool for all the magic and passion of the story, and this work portrays it so well.
A definate buy to compliment the soundtrack and film for any phan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a MUST HAVE for all phans, 2 Nov 2013
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I listened to this album while reading the original novel by Gaston Leroux after having watched everything there is to watch about Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera. Although the musical version is quite different from the original book, the genius Lloyd Webber's music itself does go with the book perfectly.
The Woman in White suite is indeed a precious tune as well. All in all, I can go one full day with this album being repeatedly played non-stop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No crossover, simply one of the most magnificent double concertos, 1 Nov 2012
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This is a CD that is very special to me and I wanted to write something about it, but after reading the previous reviews there isn't much else I can add about this fabulous album, other than, perhaps, you may think this is crossover music. It is not.
It is a very well written, very enjoyable double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. Whether you are familiar with Phantom of the Opera or not, you will enjoy it. If you are familiar with the musical, you will recognise all the main songs from the musical and you may even find yourself singing along to the music!
The way the 'songs' are arranged for cello and violin and the way they are linked together is fantastic and the pace is just right, it keeps you hooked for the whole half an hour (or just over), from the dramatic opening (which must be exceptionally difficult to play for both the cellist and the violinist!!) to the bitter-sweet ending.
Both Julian Lloyd Webber and Sarah Chang give a flawless performance here and prove the world class musicians they are.
Really hope to be able to hear it performed live again.
You often hear that classical music is a form of art that can express human feelings, from fear to love, from anger to joy, from sadness to hope .....well, you will find all of these feelings in here. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A PLAYFUL CONCERTO OF LLOYD WEBBER'S LUSH SCORE, 4 April 2007
This review is from: Lloyd Webber: Phantasia - Woman In White Suite (Audio CD)
As most people know by now, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" is a musical phenomenon. Since it premiered in October 1986 in London and a year after that on Broadway, it became one of the best and most beloved musicals of all time. The gothic love story of Gaston Leroux's novel proved for ALW to be a perfect match of the artist and the subject matter. Add to that the beautiful and sweeping melodies ALW composed, the monumental staging directed by the master of musical direction Hal Prince, the excellent original cast of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman and it's no wonder the Phantom quickly conquered the West End, Broadway (it is currently still playing on both locations as a second longest-running musical in history), after which it has been presented in theaters all over the world, thus becoming the most successful musical in terms of financial gain and the original cast album sold in more than 25 million copies.

When ALW was working on the score in the second part of the 80-is, he envisaged a concert version for the orchestra, violin and cello, in which the cello would take the role of the Phantom and the violin of Christine Daae, his love interest. It took almost 20 years for ALW and his cellist brother Julian to actually make it happen and this recording is the final result. It contains two orchestral suits: the selections from the Phantom score, called Phantasia and the other is from ALW's latest West End musical "The Woman in White", which is about to be transferred to Broadway in November this year.

Julian Lloyd Webber joined forces in Phantasia with one of the world's leading classical artists, the violinist Sarah Chang. This is an altogether interesting recording, since it allows one to emerge deep into ALW's rich musical themes and leitmotivs of the Phantom score, with no singing voices to accompany the melodies. This means the music is free to speak for itself, becoming even more memorable and full than it does on the available cast recordings of the show, showing above all just how outstanding ALW as a composer can be. Craftily orchestrated and delivered, the recording demonstrates the perfect match with the original story. Both Sarah Chang and Julian Lloyd Webber spotlessly perform their solos, building with the big London orchestra the musical themes of love, passion and darkness. The two of them sound at their best when they are joined in full force by the rest of the orchestra. Overall, Phantasia proves that a good score can be varied in a dozen of subtle musical styles, still sounding fresh, new and appealing.

Speaking generally, I have some reservations for the score of "The Woman in White". This ALW's latest musical tried to match the Phantom both with its story and the musical form. The result on the original cast recording was not so satisfying, mainly because the score sounded similar to ALW's earlier shows, most notably "Aspects of Love", with slight echoes from "Cats" and "The Beautiful Game". Except for a few leitmotivs, it sounded too plain and dull, as did the cast, with the exception of Michael Crawford's supporting role. Still, "The Woman in White suite", as the second track of this CD is called, has his merits. The selected themes have been orchestrated in the same good manner as did Phantasia and they are played by the big orchestra alone. Again, music is primary here: no voices to distract your attention and even though this score is musically inferior to the Phantom, it does has some pretty moments, especially the spooky prologue when the orchestra takes the Woman in White leitmotiv in full blast. This concert version of the score is actually better, since it won't dull you while listening, like the original cast recording, giving you the main musical themes at the same time. As much as it is played impeccable by the orchestra, it doesn't bring much novelty to long-time fans of ALW's work.

The latter group will surly love this nicely made edition, which comes with a booklet containing some promotional notes, but those enjoying a well orchestrated symphonic tunes should also not be disappointed. The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is the art of its own kind and this recording is another proof of that fact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phantastic, 25 July 2005
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Essential listening for any Lloyd Webber of Phantom fan. The music is arranged masterfully and the Chang/Lloyd Webber coalition works perfectly.
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