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Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording Cast Recording, Box set, Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (June 1 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Cast Recording, Box set, Enhanced
  • Label: First Night (Red)
  • Run Time: 168.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002E5L62
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Prologue
2. Valjean's Soliloquy (What Have I Done?)
3. At the End of the Day
4. I Dreamed a Dream
5. Lovely Ladies
6. Fantine's Arrest
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Eponine's Errand
2. ABC Cafe/Red and Black
3. Do You Hear the People Sing?
4. Rue Plumet-In My Life
5. Heart Full of Love
6. Attack on Rue Plumet
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
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)

Product Description

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, i wrote a review for this soundtrack already, but I left out one very important person -- Anthony Warlow as Enjolras. I meant to put him under the highlights list. He has a powerful voice which is what I love about him in this recording. I had first thought that no one could ever compare with Michael Maguire on the TAC, but, as the notes seem a bit too high for him, he can make one cringe from time to time. Maguire has the power, fire, and spunk, Warlow has the voice and strength.
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.
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This is the best production of Les Miz there is. Maybe I'm jaded because I've grown up with this particular recording, but it is absolutely gorgeous. The chemistry of this cast is so incredibly evident...it gets me every time. Michael Ball is a perfect Marius, and Debbie Byrne's interpretation of Fantine is unsurpassable. However, the highlight of this production is Kaho Shimada as Eponine. She is exquisite. Her voice is so powerful and Eponine's spirit comes through so magnificently. Eponine is my hero, and Kaho Shimada plays her perfectly in my own, extremely critical opinion. The CD is wonderful. I'd give it 10 stars if the scale went that high.
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There is little I can say here that hasn't already been said, other than giving objective opinion. This is the only recording in English that doesn't cut numbers to reduce running time, and that alone is enough to make it essential for an obsessive like me. There are songs here that are beautiful and, occasionally, quite important to understanding the whole plot that aren't featured on any other recordings (particularly "The Runaway Cart" and "Another Brawl"). There is also a lot of dialogue and filler that is not completely neccessary, but is nice nonetheless if you have the patience for it. The cast itself is wonderful, though not without its flaws. As has been mentioned, Gary Morris provides a long-awaited second interpretation of Jean Valjean (Colm Wilkinson is wonderful, but I don't always agree with his characterization choices). Morris is a wonderful performer, and I'm not sure who I prefer between him in this recording and Wilkinson in his first outing in London, but I believe Wilkison's performances on Broadway and in the Tenth Anniversery Concert are superior to Morris's. Michael Ball is great, as always, and I like that his portrayal of Marius changes with each recording. I don't personally think this was the best performance he gave, but there are parts of it that I certainly like better than in the London recording, and David Bryant, while talented, was miscast on Broadway. This was the first recording with Phillip Quast, and while I love Javert's character and am therefore very open to different interpretations of him, directors had to be smacking themselves and saying "Why didn't we find this guy earlier?" I like some things very much about Terrance Mann, and some things...not so much. I felt the same, only more strongly, about Roger Allam.Read more ›
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One can quibble with the musical version of LES MISERABLES, certainly the opening night critics did! Yet the musical has entertained and moved millions of people in productions around the world. The biggest fans return to see it over and over.
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.
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If you are a Les Miz enthusiast, then this 3CD set is definitely for you. This set contains all songs being played in current English productions around the world, including all the musical interludes. The cast is made up of performers from the various Les Miz production, including Kaho Shimada, the girl who played 'Eponine' in the Japanese production. Note that she only sung the role in Japanese before recording for the CD set was done.
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.
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