The Phantom of the Opera: Canadian Cast Soundtrack, Cast Recording
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|1. Prologue-The Stage Of The Paris Opera House, 1911|
|3. The Dress Rehearsal Of Hannibal|
|4. Think Of Me|
|5. The Mirror... (Angel Of Music)|
|6. The Phantom Of The Opera|
|7. The Music Of The Night|
|8. Notes/Prima Donna|
|9. All I Ask Of You|
|10. I Gave You My Music...|
|13. The Graveyard|
|14. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again|
|15. Wandering Child.../Bravo Monsieur...|
|16. The Point Of No Return/Down Once More|
|17. The Phantom's Lair|
A few years after The Phantom of the Opera debuted in London, Harold Prince unveiled Andrew Lloyd Webber's gothic musical in Canada, in 1989. It was so good that this recording of highlights from the Canadian cast is--dare we say it?--more enjoyable than the equivalent London cast highlights album. No, it doesn't have the authenticity of London principals Sarah Brightman (for whom then-husband Lloyd Webber wrote the role of Christine) and Michael Crawford, but it doesn't have their idiosyncrasies, either, and it does have the richer voices of Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine (who played Jean Valjean and older Cosette, respectively, in the 1985 London cast of Les Misérables). At 69 minutes, the Canadian album is also 10 minutes longer than the London, allowing inclusion of the prologue and dress rehearsal for Hannibal. Of course, Lloyd Webber's melodies--"Angel of Music," "The Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again"--are scrumptious on any continent. --David Horiuchi
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By the way... As you may or may not know, Colm Wilkinson, who sings the role of the Phantom on this recording, was Andrew Lloyd Webber's first choice to play the Phantom on stage in London, but he was performing in another show and couldn't do it.
If you can, get both because they are two different listening experiences & you stand to gain more.
Let's start with the artists: Colm Wilkinson as the Phantom. He certainly has different interpretation from Michael Crawford and that makes lots of people dislike him. But I think he shows another side of Phantom fairly well. I really like him when I saw him performing at Hey, Mr. Producer! Though I dislike that he took too many breath.
Rebecca Caine as Christine. She's also very good and, same as Colm, she's different from Sarah Brightman. I find that her voice is much stronger and has more power than Brightman. I do agree with some comments that say that her voice sounds too mature for the role. But it's a beautiful voice to listen to though. The good thing about these two singers is that they are trying to express their feelings into the songs as well.
The rest of the cast aren't that outstanding. Byron Nease as Raoul is much far far away from Steve Barton's version. I think that his voice is much too operatic. Luckily, he appears only in a few songs and doesn't bother me that much.
The selection of the songs and the orchestra here is fairly good. The songs featuring in this CD are the more updated version with little change in lyrics in songs like Think of Me, Notes (with Piangi), and Masquerade. I really like it that they include Hannibal into this album because it's not on the complete album. My complaint goes to the last song (called here as The Phantom's Lair) that it's unreasonably too fast. I wonder why they are so hurried to sing it. Another complaint is that The Point of No Return sounds strange. I would much prefer Crawford for this song.Read more ›
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I love this CD. I only wish it was the full version instead of just highlights.Published 2 months ago by Joan DeJesus
A real musical treat - so glad to have this dc in our music collection and Rebecca Cain is amazing!Published 21 months ago by Ellen Kaine
This was to be a replacement for my 2 CD original Phantom CD (lost in a fire). It is a nice CD but I preferred the original full length version. Read morePublished on June 29 2012 by dufferingirl
I was lucky enough to see Colm Wilkinson perform when I was younger. Absolutely amazing. I have neither seen nor heard a comparative Phantom since. Read morePublished on July 3 2007 by S. Graves
I recently got a copy of the London's copy and also saw the movie. I loved this musical ever since I saw it when I was 10 (I am 24 now). Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2007 by V. Cheung
I started listening to Phantom when I was about 12, now I'm 14 and still am a Phantom nut! I first got the OLC soundtrack and loved it. Read morePublished on May 1 2004
Simply put, Michael Crawford is a god. Good old Colm can't measure up. Without even knowing the lyrics or the musical itself, you could tell the pain the Phantom was going through... Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by Dave