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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful but incomplete!, 3 April 2012
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This review is from: Sweeney Todd: The 2012 London Cast Album (Audio CD)
My toungue was hanging out for this new recording. Saw the show last year at Chichester and definately the best production so far in the UK.

The recording is fine and beautifully sung and played but is incomplete. I would have thought that with Steve Sondheim co-producing this album it would have been a complete or semi-complete recording but it omits so much! No Pirelli, for example.

What is there is wonderful though, and essential listening for all Sondheim fans.

I suspect the entire production was in fact recorded and will be put out later as a special double album. I certainly hope so...
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2012 09:32:39 BDT
Thank you for advising this is a shortened version. I shall wait for the double album.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 10:14:14 BDT
This highlights album is the only album with this cast. They didn't record the full show unfortunately.
So it will this or nothing.

Posted on 6 Apr 2012 07:37:28 BDT
Sad news, but thanks for the information.

Posted on 8 Apr 2012 19:34:31 BDT
KJ says:
Just listened to the album and came on here to make the same point as you so won't duplicate, I obviously saw this was a single disc but am really surprised at the decisions on what to leave out, no Pirelli (as you say), no "Green Finch & Linnet Bird" &, for me & I believe the narrative, no "Poor Thing" - if you didn't already know the Sondheim version of the show the Beggar Woman character means nothing. Obviously targeted at Michael Ball fans first and foremost. Suppose I'm glad to have it as a souvenir of the production but ...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2012 14:04:33 BDT
Plom de Nume says:
Well, there's over an hour of music on this one disk, so something probably had to go. Of all the options, I miss Pirelli least; not because I don't like it, but because it's a clear pastiche of the Largo al Factotum and is thus less in sync with the rest of the score. Plus Sacha Baron Cohen nailed it for all time in the Depp movie! Also, this is very much a music album, rather than a narrative (for which you need an extended double package such as the Original Broadway recording). Yes, it's a shame about Green Finch and Linnet Bird, as this is beautifully sung by Lucy May Barker in this cast; generally, though, it can sound a bit shrill - so, again, I'm not overtly distressed by its absence. Over all, then: this is a splendid recording, with enough of the whole score and unbeatable performances and orchestration (the first run of the Ballad, when Sweeney comes in on the refrain, is magnificent) - certainly enough for me to consider it definitive, essential.

Posted on 7 May 2012 21:04:24 BDT
I am not very familiar with this production but my son is currently performing this with his local theatre group. He is playing the part of Tobias. He would really like to rehearse to a uk version performance of the songs. Could somebody please advise if any of Tobias' main songs are cut. Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2012 14:55:03 BDT
KJ says:
All that's left of Tobias's part is 'Not While I'm Around'. 'Ladies & Gentlemen Please' is not included. Hope he has fun
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