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Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording [Cast Recording, Box set, Enhanced]

Les Miserables Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Prologue
2. Valjean's Soliloquy (What Have I Done?)
3. At the End of the Day
4. I Dreamed a Dream
5. Lovely Ladies
6. Fantine's Arrest
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Eponine's Errand
2. ABC Cafe/Red and Black
3. Do You Hear the People Sing?
4. Rue Plumet-In My Life
5. Heart Full of Love
6. Attack on Rue Plumet
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Disc: 3
1. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
2. Every Day (Marius and Cosette)
3. Valjean's Confession
4. Wedding Chorale/Beggars at the Feast
5. Epilogue (Finale)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful July 9 2004
By Alicia
Format:Audio CD
This is the best production of Les Miz there is. Maybe I'm jaded because I've grown up with this particular recording, but it is absolutely gorgeous. The chemistry of this cast is so incredibly evident...it gets me every time. Michael Ball is a perfect Marius, and Debbie Byrne's interpretation of Fantine is unsurpassable. However, the highlight of this production is Kaho Shimada as Eponine. She is exquisite. Her voice is so powerful and Eponine's spirit comes through so magnificently. Eponine is my hero, and Kaho Shimada plays her perfectly in my own, extremely critical opinion. The CD is wonderful. I'd give it 10 stars if the scale went that high.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WARLOW!!!! June 20 2004
By Mysta
Format:Audio CD
Ok, i wrote a review for this soundtrack already, but I left out one very important person -- Anthony Warlow as Enjolras. I meant to put him under the highlights list. He has a powerful voice which is what I love about him in this recording. I had first thought that no one could ever compare with Michael Maguire on the TAC, but, as the notes seem a bit too high for him, he can make one cringe from time to time. Maguire has the power, fire, and spunk, Warlow has the voice and strength.
Ok, now that that's out of me . . . if you haven't already, buy this album. If you're a newbie to the Miz, go with the Tenth anniversary concert. If you're hungry for more, buy this one next. It *is* worth it, I assure you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cast ever Dec 30 2012
Format:Audio CD
I received a copy of this 12 years ago when I was teenager. I have never heard a better ensemble perform this musical. Probably one of the best broadway musicals of all time! Definitely a must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete, as it says, and very good July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is little I can say here that hasn't already been said, other than giving objective opinion. This is the only recording in English that doesn't cut numbers to reduce running time, and that alone is enough to make it essential for an obsessive like me. There are songs here that are beautiful and, occasionally, quite important to understanding the whole plot that aren't featured on any other recordings (particularly "The Runaway Cart" and "Another Brawl"). There is also a lot of dialogue and filler that is not completely neccessary, but is nice nonetheless if you have the patience for it. The cast itself is wonderful, though not without its flaws. As has been mentioned, Gary Morris provides a long-awaited second interpretation of Jean Valjean (Colm Wilkinson is wonderful, but I don't always agree with his characterization choices). Morris is a wonderful performer, and I'm not sure who I prefer between him in this recording and Wilkinson in his first outing in London, but I believe Wilkison's performances on Broadway and in the Tenth Anniversery Concert are superior to Morris's. Michael Ball is great, as always, and I like that his portrayal of Marius changes with each recording. I don't personally think this was the best performance he gave, but there are parts of it that I certainly like better than in the London recording, and David Bryant, while talented, was miscast on Broadway. This was the first recording with Phillip Quast, and while I love Javert's character and am therefore very open to different interpretations of him, directors had to be smacking themselves and saying "Why didn't we find this guy earlier?" I like some things very much about Terrance Mann, and some things...not so much. I felt the same, only more strongly, about Roger Allam. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! That's all I can say! Feb. 4 2004
By Drew
Format:Audio CD
In spite of the complaints about Gary Morris, I must stand up for him. Yes, he did take some time getting used to. But I got used to him, and actually prefer this recording to the Broadway Version.
I agree, Colm is absolutely amazing. But am I the only person who notices a strange resemblance in his Jean Valjean towards Sean Connery? I've seen the 10th anniversary special, and his jaw is jutting forward, forcing him to create that voice. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing him, but Colm is not a god.
Yes, Colm has more power than Gary, but it's due to the fact that he originated the role. For what it's worth, I think that both men are amazing, and I love BOTH albums.
But due to the Completeness of this album, and the hilarity of the Thenardier's, I prefer this version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Aug. 5 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A Must Have! Beautiful vocals, though with synthesizer at times, but absolutely wonderful to have in your Les Mis repertoire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best March 30 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the best, complete copy of the musical, made even better by the HDCD encoding. Great performances, great sonics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your top choice, but . . . June 20 2004
By Mysta
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to Les Misérables, this soundtrack would not be my first choice for you (I would go with the 10th anniversary dream cast in concert), but actually, it would probably be the best, because, well, its COMPLETE. However, the voices aren't great to listen to, and the music sounds synthesized (that's why you see only four stars up there).
Highlights -- Kaho Shimada -- Yes, she is Japanese and didn't know the English lyrics at the time, but she is my favorite Eponine (sorry all Salonga and Ruffelle fans). She just seems to interpret Eponine as a stronger woman than Ruffelle does, but not quite as bitter as Salonga does.
-- Philip Quast -- He is also found on the TAC, and by far the best Javert i've heard. I must say though, that he makes this Javert sound older and tireder, and less authorative than he did on the other recording. Still great, but definitely not his best.
-- Michael Ball -- A wonderful Marius, also on the TAC. I dislike the character Marius, but the way Ball brings out the power and strength is captivating. However, he was better on the TAC.
-- Gavroche (the actor's name escapes me) -- You gotta love 'im! Adam Searles on the TAC is my favorite, but the one on this recording (Ross something, I believe) brings out more fire and spunk and rebellion that is desired in Gavroche. His voice isn't great, but his acting is, and don't forget the Cockney!:-)
Speaking of Cockney, Barry James is great as Thénardier. Alun Armstrong (on the TAC) is my favorite, but James is just as great.
The only real downside of this recording is Garry Morris as Jean Valjean. I've heard that he's a country singer, which is why I ponder why HE was chosen:-(. He seems to force is voice a tad too much, and . . . *shudders* . . .
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