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Les Miserables: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall [Cast Recording, Live]

Les Miserables Audio CD
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To celebrate 10 years as the world's most popular musical, the cast of Les Misérables threw a phenomenal birthday party at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1995. A decade after Trevor Nunn directed its premiere at the Barbican Centre, and the subsequent move into what became a permanent home at the West End Palace Theatre, producer Cameron Macintosh felt the time had come for a little outing for "the miserables." Conductor David Charles Abell, having climbed out of the cluttered Palace pit, for one glorious night has the entire Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at his disposal and there are appearances from over 150 singers--birthday celebs from Les Mis stagings worldwide--who flocked to the grandiose venue. Hosts for the night are the 1995 London cast: Colm Wilkinson's Valjean has power and beauty in "Who Am I?" and "Bring Him Home," and Michael Ball is a charming Marius. Miss Saigon herself, Lea Salonga, gets the crowd-pleasing favorite "On My Own." The Albert Hall sounds filled to the brim with an appreciative audience that contributes to the festive atmosphere. The result is a real treat for fans and lovers of Boubil and Schönberg's greatest musical--this double CD is an obligatory item in every collection of Les Mis memorabilia. --Yngvil V.G.

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To celebrate 10 years as the world's most popular musical, the cast of Les Mis‚rables threw a phenomenal birthday party at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1995. A decade after Trevor Nunn directed its premiere at the Barbican Centre, and the subsequent move into what became a permanent home at the West End Palace Theatre, producer Cameron Macintosh felt the time had come for a little outing for "the miserables." Conductor David Charles Abell, having climbed out of the cluttered Palace pit, for one glorious night has the entire Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at his disposal and there are appearances from over 150 singers--birthday celebs from Les Mis stagings worldwide--who flocked to the grandiose venue. Hosts for the night are the 1995 London cast: Colm Wilkinson's Valjean has power and beauty in "Who Am I?" and "Bring Him Home," and Michael Ball is a charming Marius. Miss Saigon herself, Lea Salonga, gets the crowd-pleasing favorite "On My Own." The Albert Hall sounds filled to the brim with an appreciative audience that contributes to the festive atmosphere. The result is a real treat for fans and lovers of Boubil and Sch”nberg's greatest musical--this double CD is an obligatory item in every collection of Les Mis memorabilia.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album! June 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely the best of all Les Miserables recordings. The live performances are exciting and very dynamic.
Miss Salonga's interpretation of Eponine is particularly impressive - very empathetic and appropriate (given all that Eponine has experienced, the right degree of bitterness interspersed with the frustrated love that permeates through the character 'shines' through), and her voice is just so amazing!
The other members of the cast are equally impressive.
Get this and the complete recording and you have all the Les Miserables CDs that you need for your lifetime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD - but a better video Jan. 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you've never heard a Les Miserables recording and are wondering if it's worth your hard-earned money to invest in a CD of the show, the answer is a very enthusiastic "yes". It's a very straightforward, honest, and compelling work that's very different from traditional broadway. The marches and waltzes that make up the meat of the music are simple and catchy, yet they burn with a fiery, operatic heart. The story pounds forward with a wonderful energy, and it's given life by some of the greatest voices in theatre history. It will move you, thrill you, and leave you with the feeling that you've just experienced something magical. I never dreamed that I could enjoy musical theatre - until I heard Les Miserables.
But which recording to buy? There, it gets a bit more complicated. Each of the four English-language recordings has its own strengths and weaknesses.
The first thing that must be said about this live concert double CD is that it's far inferior to the video. In fact, the sound is quieter for some reason on the CD than on the video. The video adds a lot in other ways as well, especially from the wonderfully expressive Phillip Quast (Javert) and dimpled, hilariously lovestruck Michael Ball (Marius). If you have an option, get the video.
That aside, this CD is a great addition to Les Mis lore and an excellent all-around performance. The music is splendid (although incomplete), and the vocalists are all very good - some are better than others. In a galaxy of theatre stars, Quast steals the night with a touching and complex portrayal of the police inspector who hounds Javert. His "Stars" shines so brightly that it eclipses the other dozen or so memorable ballads, even Colm Wilkinson's show-stopper "Bring Him Home".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruthie Henshall and the ''Dream Cast'' July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
The 10th Anniversary Gala performance of LES MISERABLES, presented in concert-style at the Royal Albert Hall, drew together a cast of performers from productions worldwide, and came to be known as the 'Dream Cast' for the musical. Colm Wilkinson again plays Valjean, with Javert played by Philip Quast (THE SECRET GARDEN). The lovely Ruthie Henshall (DIVORCE ME DARLING, MISS SAIGON) plays the tragic Fantine and belts out an impressive "I Dreamed a Dream". Lea Salonga (MISS SAIGON, FLOWER DRUM SONG) is a luminous Eponine and Michael Ball (CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG), the original Marius, returns to the role once again. Judy Kuhn, the original Broadway Cosette, also is in top voice. The comical Thenardier's are played by Jenny Galloway (OLIVER!) and Alun Armstrong (another original cast member). Also back from the original cast is Beverly Klein as the grasping old crone in the "Lovely Ladies" scene. This historic recording is a must-own for LES MIZ fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrating the musical that swept the world! July 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Recorded LIVE in 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate 10 years of marvelous success, this album showcases some of the best voices from the original London Cast (Wilkinson, Armstrong, Ball), Broadway Cast (Maguire, Salonga, Kuhn), and other marvelous voices from other casts (Ruthie Henshall from a later London cast and Phillip Quast from Australia!). What you will notice about this recording is the wonderful sound quality and the wonderful voice acting and singing. The orchestra is marvelous. The company is wonderful.
Colm Wilkinson is basically the only recorded Valjean besides Gary Morris, so Wilkinson is recognized as the best Valjean out there. Who knows, there may be a better voice out there, but the poor man isn't recorded! Just joking around. He has a strong voice and is convincing as a Valjean, You can hear his frustration, his anger, and his pain in his voice when he sings. Phillip Quast is marvelous as Javert. Mann is a good Javert, and so is the one on the London Cast (is his name Roger Alam or something like that?), but Quast just has an AMAZING voice! It is strong and has much expression in it. Javert sounds ticked off in some parts, and tortured in others. You really can feel for Quast's Javert. Ruthie Henshall is my favorite Fantine because of the quality of her voice. The young Cosette is very professional and adorable. The Thenardiers are perfect, both evil and hilarious at the same time! Adam Searles is a good Gavroche, but not my favorite. I prefer the Gavroche on the CSR. Kuhn is beautiful as Cosette, and Ball is a great Marius. Salonga is a great Eponine- she shows the desperation, anger, and hopelessness of Eponine. Maguire is an excellent Enjolras.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Music - Very worn and cracked exterior
Delivery took longer than expected. Actual CD was okay, but case was cracked and in bad shape, and book was worn. Barely acceptable, not a collectible due to bad condition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vic Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Mis just grows on you
A fascinating tale, a must for your collection. The very best in video entertainment. Sit back and let it happen.
Published 7 months ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowzers !
How could this be anything but fabulous !!!, i adore this stage show and the movie is superb. my only fault with it would be Russell crowes singing which leaves alot to be desired
Published 10 months ago by fiona thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best single choice for a Les Miz recording
With a stellar cast that includes the inimitable Colm Wilkinson as the definitive Jean Valjean, Philip Quast as the best ever Javert, Ruthie Henshall as the perfect Fantine, Lea... Read more
Published 13 months ago by aes
5.0 out of 5 stars Ineed vey good CDs
I bought this set of CDs because of all the good reviews on the website, and it was mentioned in the reviews of other Les Miserables CDs that this is the one to buy. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ahni
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This concert is just superb! The cast is truly the "dream" cast and the music simply fantastic! Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - just a few niggles.....
A few months ago I learnt the piano score for 'On My Own'. A little later, on the recommendation of my sister, I watched the DVD of the TAC and was blown away. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Hands-down the best recording ever made of this production. Great music, BEST CAST. Lea Salonga, who performs the most powerful and most captivating interpretation of Eponine, is... Read more
Published on June 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars My Miz!!!
If you have never seen Les Mis before, i must say that this is the performance to listen to first. It'll heighten you standards as to a good Les Mis production. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Mysta
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruthie-Tastic
The most enjoyable soundtrack ever!!! What a superb Cast but none as great as the maginifncant Ruthie Henshall what a jem!! She IS Fanitne!! she portrays her perfectly. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by "carolsmith63"
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