Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording Cast Recording, Box set, Enhanced
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|1. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables|
|2. Every Day (Marius and Cosette)|
|3. Valjean's Confession|
|4. Wedding Chorale/Beggars at the Feast|
|5. Epilogue (Finale)|
Originally Available as a Box Set, Les Miserables: The Complete Symphonic Recordings, Has Now Been Reformatted in Triple CD Jewel Case and features an Enhanced CD with Video Images!
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Ok, now that that's out of me . . . if you haven't already, buy this album. If you're a newbie to the Miz, go with the Tenth anniversary concert. If you're hungry for more, buy this one next. It *is* worth it, I assure you.
For those who want the whole show, this Complete Symphonic recording is the set to get. One could argue that some of the casting isn't as perfect as the original productions, but the gain is made by having a symphonic orchstra of 70 players and the best cast members from productions around the world when this set was made in 1988. Too bad Michael Burges didn't get to record his performance from the original Toronto cast, but Gary Morris (who was Wilkinson's replacement on Broadway) is just fine. Side by side playings of Valejean's key arias reveal not a lot of difference... Morris' voice is a little lighter and displays more vibratto on some of the high notes but it is not objectionable. Philip Quast (Javert); Debbie Byrne (Fantine); Tracy Shayne (Cosette); Anthony Warlow (Enjolras) and especially Kaho Shimada (Eponine) all sing the roles perfectly. Michael Ball of the original London cast repeats as Marius and is also on the Concert recording. The weakest links here are Gay Soper and Barry James as the Thenardiers who are not as perfectly cast as the originals but they get by and do no ruin an otherwise finely sung recording.
It's sad that neither the original London nor Broadway cast were taped complete. Instead both productions were given rather unsastisfactory recordings of highlights filling two not-very-full Cds and leaving gaping holes in the continuity. You could understand this for the London recording since the show's long term success was still a question mark at the time of the premiere.Read more ›
I've read that Gary Morris is a famous country singer in the US and I thought that his rendition of Valjean might not be as good as Colm Wilkinson (which at that time was the only 'Jean Valjean' for me). But when I heard him, I thought that he was really good. Of course, Michael Ball, as Marius, was great, 'though I would have wanted somebody other than him to play Marius in this recording since he already appeared in the Les Miz London cast recording.
Other notable performances are that of Philip Quast and Anthony Warlowe. The rest of cast was equally good, complementing each other with their superb performances.
Overall, the 3CD set is technically superior. The instrumentation was very rich considering that there more than 50 instrumentalists in this recording. I can just imagine the difficulty of the musical director in splicing all the vocals together as though they were all singing in front of each other.
Most recent customer reviews
If you are a hardcore Les Mis fan or maybe a fan discovering this musical for the first time you will not be disappointed. Read morePublished on March 10 2014 by Michael Ondevilla
A Must Have! Beautiful vocals, though with synthesizer at times, but absolutely wonderful to have in your Les Mis repertoire.Published on Aug. 5 2013 by Lydia Liao
This is the best, complete copy of the musical, made even better by the HDCD encoding. Great performances, great sonics.Published on March 30 2013 by Hilary J. Chase
I received a copy of this 12 years ago when I was teenager. I have never heard a better ensemble perform this musical. Probably one of the best broadway musicals of all time! Read morePublished on Dec 30 2012 by L. Gordon
This is a great recording, but is not, by any means, the best. Valjean, Cosette, and Eponine do not quite measure up to previous or subsequent recordings, but they are talented,... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2012 by Bradley McDermid
If you are new to Les Misérables, this soundtrack would not be my first choice for you (I would go with the 10th anniversary dream cast in concert), but actually, it would... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Mysta
My first Les Miz experience was in high school. in choir we were doing a choral medley from the show. While we were learning this we studdied the musical. Read morePublished on June 7 2004
An album that any Les Miserables fan should have, especially since this recording is complete. There are better performances in the 10th Anniversary Recording, however... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by aisha
But if you're an Eponine fan, it's best to go for the 10th Anniversary Concert version. Lea Salonga not only shows that one doesn't have to whine her way through the songs (refer... Read morePublished on April 29 2004
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