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Where's the Latin Passion?!
on 16 August 2007
I LOVE West Side Story, its one of my favourite musicals, but this recording did nothing for me.
Westenra's voice, although technically excellent, is bland, there was just no 'spark', no real 'ooomph'!
Griggolo has an outstanding voice, and is much better matched to the part of Tony than Westenra is to Maria. But i still couldnt help feeling a little underwhelmed by his performance.
Overall, i just didnt feel the passion in this recording. To my ears, it sounded cold and impersonal, and the voices of Westenra and Griggolo never blended fully. Maybe too many mikes were used - it sounds very much like each performer sang their part in a different location, both to each other and to the orchestra. Not a winner for me im afraid
However, the AMAZING score hasnt aged a day!