Evita (The Motion Picture Music Soundtrack) Soundtrack
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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's ground-breaking musical Evita finally makes it to the big screen. Starring Madonna as Eva Peron, Antonio Banderas as Che Guevara and Jonathan Pryce as Juan Peron, the film, which was directed by Alan Parker. Evita--The Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack is a two-CD/cassette package containing all the music from the film.
Evita was finally filmed in 1996, 20 years after its initial incarnation as a studio-bound rock opera. In between, of course, it was one of the most successful and long-running musicals on either side of the Atlantic. Given such a long history, the film might easily have been a stale anticlimax, fatally holed by our overfamiliarity with songs such as the ubiquitous "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina." On the contrary, it was an impressive and immensely satisfying production. The numbers, augmented by a new song for Eva ("You Must Love Me"), sound fresh and the singing is excellent. Coming from Jonathan Pryce (Peron) and Jimmy Nail (Magaldi), this is hardly a surprise. The real revelation is Antonio Banderas as Che, a kind of one-man Greek chorus commenting on Eva's rise and the price she must pay. His warm tenor dispels memories of previous, rougher interpretations from such singers as David Essex and Colm Wilkinson. Ultimately, though, the star is Madonna. She is totally immersed in the role of Eva from start to finish, her singing ranging from girlish delicacy to a hard-edged stridence as the dictator's wife achieves her goals. Rarely has a film so successfully given a stage show such a new lease on life. --Piers Ford
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Even though this is the soundtrack, her singing is by far her best.
When listening to this soundtrack, one can almost visualize the storyline.
There are several disappointments re this recording. The first are the voices. Madonna is a brilliant pop singer, but she lacks the range for this particular role, and the score had to be rewritten for her; Banderas and Price are merely so-so. The material has been considerably softened from the super-tough stage show about the power-hungry and bombastic Eva Peron, and the result is a considerably less interesting "poor little me" Eva who--as sung by Madonna--is less inclined to eat up those who oppose her than to sigh and be sad. The result is very, very mild cheese indeed. One day Madonna will find a film that truly explores her obvious talent. Regretfully, EVITA was not it. And the soundtrack merely reflects the failure of the film itself.
GFT, Amazon reviewer
Madonna also, not surprisingly, dominates this soundtrack. She sings some parts, including the sad ballad "Another Suitcase In Another Hall," that weren't written for the role of Eva Peron; and Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who won a slew of Tony Awards for the 1979 Broadway version of "Evita," have given her a new ballad, "You Must Love Me," that works equally well as an anthem for either Madonna or Peron. Actor Antonio Banderas, following up his small singing role in the movie "Desperado," proves a more-than-capable Che Guevara.
Madonna steals the show, of course, but she destroys it in the process. This is not completely her fault: she is neither an untalented actress nor an unskilled singer. However, someone decided that her Eva Peron--the most famous female fascist of the twentieth century--should be portrayed merely as a martyr, saint, and tragic heroine.
The only criticism Eva receives is from Che Guevara (Antonio Banderas: looks, 10; voice, 3). Unlike the real Che Guevara, Banderas retains a cynical detachment and rarely sings with the passionate intensity of Mandy Patinkin (who played Che on Broadway). Banderas' Che even kisses Evita's coffin at the end of the movie, an action insultingly out-of-character for a confirmed communist revolutionary. Moreover, Jonathan Pryce, normally a wonderful performer, is strangely staid as Juan Peron. Perhaps he was asked not to draw too much focus from the real star of the movie.
The Original Broadway Cast remains the essential recording of Evita. Banderas' awkward warblings can't approach Mandy Patinkin's Tony-award-winning performance (perhaps the finest of his distinguished career), and Bob Gunton brings life and fervor to a role that for Jonathan Pryce (I'm sorry to say) is dull and lifeless. Madonna's voice is less full-bodied than LuPone's, and she doesn't belt a single note.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
OK, HERE'S THE DEAL. THIS CD IS NOT VERY GOOD AT ALL. I LIKED THE ORIGINAL PATTIE LuPONE VERSION MUCH BETTER. Read morePublished on June 26 2004
I've watched the movie so many times over the years, so when I got the soundtrack I was a little disappointed. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Faith Mitchell
I am a big Madonna fan and all , but this album is just plain horrible all the songs are really horid and resemble "Phantom of the Opera" or some other Broadway... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Ky Connell
I love this soundtrack and I am not a big Madonna fan, okay I am, but in this soudtrack she is outstanding. I only wish it had the entire movie on it, but that is unrealistic. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Guenevere
It did well, and I have even bought it, for some strange reason I just dont not want it.. But I heard its nice to own, At 5x platinum, peak at # 2..Published on Nov. 7 2003 by RICO
Francamente es una lastima que en esta grabacion, hecha a mayor gloria de MADONNA, que proporciona una 'Evita' muy bien cantada pero que peca de distante por momentos, se hayan... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Annio mozartiano ;)
Not sure if people here are completely honest. Madonna's vocal performance on this amazing EVITA score was not much to be desired. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2003
Madonna sounds amazing. Her voice is expressive and has awesome power and range. She easily carries the soundtrack. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by LouBeOH
Madonna sounds amazing. Her voice is expressive, has power and range. She easily carries the soundtrack. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by LouBeOH