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Wonderful interpretation of a magnificent score,
This review is from: Les Misérables Live! Dream the Dream 2010 Cast Album (25th Anniversary) (Audio CD)
I love this interpretation of the magnificent Les Miserables score. Having been to see the anniversary production several times I was delighted to learn that there was to be a recording of this very talented cast.
It's a live recording, but the quality is better than many studio versions and whoever did the mixing did a great jobt to ensure the applause only serves to invigorate the listening experience without interfering.
Les Miserables stalwarts John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter are excellent at Valjean and Javert, but the young cast also impresses. Gareth Gates is a delight as Marius, with a beautiful and wonderfully expressive voice, while Rosalind James is a remarkable Eponine, who gets to the core of her character, although I acknowledge her style is a bit "too modern" for some tastes.
BUT, If you want a recording that sounds exactly like the original, or the 10th anniversary recordings, then keep on listening to those, but if you love Les Miserables, or live theatre and want a great CD to add to your collection, this is a must have. If you weren't lucky enough to hear this live, the album is the very next best thing.
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Initial post: 20 Sep 2014 11:53:47 BDT
The moment I first listened to this Les Mis recording I found that it streaked past the pioneer versions to become my preferred choice. It literally screams conviction, commitment and grit in the performances. The minor cuts here and there annoy for a while, but they don't ruin this otherwise excellent new version of the musical. I loved Owen-Jones's portrayal of Valjean. He made you believe in the character and feel for him. I like how he tips his hat to Colm Wilkinson and I know that he is streets ahead of Gary Morris. I liked Earl Carpenter's Javert and was pleased with Madalena Alberto's different perspective on the role of Fantine. There isn't a weak link in the cast. This recording is everything that a Les Mis recording - or any musical cast recording, for that matter - should be.
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