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The Phantom of the Opera: Canadian Cast [Cast Recording, Soundtrack]

Various (Orig Canadian Cast Re , Rebecca Caine Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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1. Prologue-The Stage Of The Paris Opera House, 1911
2. Overture
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...
11. Entr'acte
12. Masquerade
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

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best There Is Dec 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have never believed in products/ people that have to bash their competitors to sell their products yet I find myself doing the same in response to the bashing of the Canadian Cast. I first saw the Phantom when I was 10 and I fell in love with the music, the story and the atmosphere. I went back three years later and I have been itching to go again ever since. I purchased the London recording because it was all that was immediately available and it was good - but that's all. When I heard my friend's copy of the Canadian recording I knew it was the CD I had been looking for. Colm Wilkinson portrays the Phantom as exactly what he is - a passionate, misguided, desperate, and tortured man. He does not force the emotions he portrays them as somebody in the Phantom's position would. I found the London version flat and lacking in this department - completely unable to convey the depth of emotion that any true fan clings to. Rebecca Cain is also absolutely wonderful. Her voice is often wrought with emotion yet still beautifully carried. I love this CD because it makes me feel like I'm back in the theatre, participating in the magical atmosphere that is unique to the Phantom, not sitting in my den. If you are looking for an emotional masterpiece this is the CD for you. However, if you saw the performance with the same flat tone as the London recording it would probably do for you what the Canadian recording does for me. I suggest you carefully sample both CDs before you make your choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best English-Language Cast By Far Jan. 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
I own both the original London cast recording (the double CD) and this one and I've listened to a friend's copy of the London cast highlights CD and I have to say that I think this recording is the best I've ever heard. I have yet to hear any of the foreign-language recordings, although I understand some of them are fantastic. The only thing that keeps me from recommending this recording above all others is that this CD is, after all, only a highlights recording (which is why I'm only giving it four stars) and the original London cast double CD does contain most -- but not all -- of the music in the show (it's also a very good recording, just not nearly as good as this one). But the performers on this recording far outshine the performers on the original London cast recording. The London cast highlights recording isn't even worth considering. It's an abbreviated selection of songs performed by an inferior cast. You'd do well to forget it even exists.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional...yet totally different April 20 2007
By ttlgrl
Format:Audio CD
I struggled for the longest time on whether to buy the Original recording or this one, but having listened to them both, they each have their strong points & weaknesses. Colm Wilkinson is certainly a very strong performer & one could even say a better phantom than Michael Crawford; however Mr. Crawford's voice has a charm all it's own & one ends up appreciating his performance on it's own merit. For Ms. Caine though, the matter is a little different. After being subject to the sonorous sound that is Ms Brightman's voice, Rebecca Caine comes across as rather shrill. Notwithstanding, the style of music on this disc is more technical than on the original & certainly as enjoyable if not more. I do miss the numbers included on the original that are missing here & vice versa.

If you can, get both because they are two different listening experiences & you stand to gain more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recording! May 16 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A real musical treat - so glad to have this dc in our music collection and Rebecca Cain is amazing!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!!! May 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. I just got the Canadian soundtrack and had to admit it just was not as good as the OLC, but still is great! It was just a little weak and seemed a bit rushed. Here's what I think:
Colm Wilkinson(The Phantom)had a great voice, but when he sang quietly or deeply it sounded strange. It sounded like he had something in his mouth, or was at least jutting his jaw out really far. He was more frightening during his threats and rages, and was very heartbreaking at the sad songs. Michael Crawford had a more smooth, hypnotic and tender voice, but was not has emotional as Colm.
What really disappointed me was that they didn't have him do his trademark laugh after "I Gave You My Music"! That was one of my favorite parts!
Rebecca Caine(Christine)...she has been called many things, from "amazing" to "breathtaking" to even "a vibrating train wreck". I don't think she is a vibrating train wreck, but I don't think she's the best Christine on the planet, either. It was very hard for her to hit that high A at the end of the theme song. She squeaked that note instead of singing it loud and clear like Sarah Brightman. But she is very understandable, unlike Sarah. She does have a good voice. She is also more emotional than Sarah.
Byron Nease(Raoul)has been called "boring" by many reviewers, but I don't think he's that bad. His voice is too operatic, though, when it should be just normal. He would of made a great Piangi, but not a Raoul.
Carlotta, Piangi, the managers and the other actors were also nice, Carlotta was wonderfully irritating, and I like that she didn't roll her "Rs" all the time like Rosemary Ashe. Piangi was also good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice CD
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 more
Published on June 29 2012 by dufferingirl
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice
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 more
Published on July 3 2007 by S. Graves
5.0 out of 5 stars No Wonder
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 more
Published on Jan. 20 2007 by V. Cheung
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Measure Up
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 more
Published on March 6 2004 by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what you like, I guess...
I have just bought this version of Phantom and frankly, I'm a little disappointed. Personally, I feel that the Origional London Cast is much better then the Canadian one. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Canadian or London? Colm or Michael? Rebecca or Sarah?
I have read many reviews from this site about this CD. Since there are lots of arguement whether this is better or worse than the OLC. I decided to buy it and try listening to it. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003 by Karn R.
2.0 out of 5 stars the london orginal cast is much better
i like sarah and michael crawford more. they have a sweeter voice than caine and colm. Ms caine doesn't suit the role of christine. Her voice and skills are too old!!! Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by Christine Daae
5.0 out of 5 stars Colm Wilkinson is the Phantom
What can I say? The Canadian Cast is much better than the London cast. However, the orchestra itself sounds horrible compared to London, but I guess the principal vocals make up... Read more
Published on July 30 2003
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