I bought this CD after falling in love with the concept recording of Jekyll and Hyde. I felt J&H had some of the most beautiful and emotive music in all of musical theater and so I had to hear anything else by Frank Wildhorn. I could not wait to hear The Scarlet Pimpernal.
I am sorry to say that I was terribly let down. I was unimpressed by the first listen. I listened over and over again hoping to be moved by it. Despite these attempts, I kept coming up empty. Empty is the most appropriate expression for it... Simply unremarkable. No big deal. Nothing to it.
To me, the music was very reminiscent of the scores in modern Disney animation. I felt I was listening to The Little Mermaid with the sea-faring nature of one of the tunes. The ballads were just sappy in my opinion. The "big" numbers others have referred to may have been more tolerable, but they did not stand out as beautiful and moving. Even the best of the songs were just okay - not bad, but nothing I would yearn to hear again.
Whereas I am sure Christine Andreas is a lovely woman, her voice really, really turned me off. I could not enjoy any of the songs she sang due to the vibrato in her voice as mentioned by several other reviewers. Her tone and pitch were great, but any sustained note was just uncomfortable for me to listen to. Beyond her voice, I did not feel for any of the characters. I did not sense the drama that should have been present. There was nothing about this CD that made me want to recommend it to anyone.
For Wildhorn's best, check out Jekyll and Hyde (particularly the concept recording - phenomenal). I would not encourage you to spend your money on this recording. Just watch the next animated Disney blockbuster.