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


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 13 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Live
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0002E5O9G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Product Description

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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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. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23 2004
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 By Brad Harper on 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 By Byron Kolln on 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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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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