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

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 26 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000072VS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Contains highlights from the Andrew Lloyd Webber brainchild performed in Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal & Calgary during April, 1991 through September, 1992. Stars Colm Wilkinson & Rebecca Caine in leading roles.

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 A Customer on Dec 16 2004
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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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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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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If you have seen the show, then this CD is for you. Simply turn down the lights, close your eyes, and you will be swept away in the fluidity, the passion, the heartache and heartbreak of a musical score which has yet to topped as the most romantic of its kind. To be honest, it is Rebecca Caine and Colm Wilkinson who truly make this recording worthwhile. The other leads are just going through the paces, singing the notes, sure, but there is no depth, no desire. The arrangements for the Original were well done, and I often wonder why Hal Prince allowed for the changes which took place in this version. This is not to demean either recording, but I'm here to talk about what is pleasing to the ear: Colm Wilkinson, while he doesn't sink into the depths of insanity as Crawford's interpretation, does have a better suited voice for this material. Moreover, when he sings, it's as if he's on stage, as opposed to a recording studio. (on a side note fans, Colm originated the role when Andrew Llyod Weber was shopping for producers - when he proved unavailable due to the Broadway opening of Les Miz, Weber went with Michael Crawford for production and BOOM! Instant sex symbol stardom.) Rebecca Caine is lovely. Her voice echos of pure beauty without a hint of a squeak. The actor who portrayed Raul from the Broadway version could sing circles around the stiffer than concrete Byron, but, of course dear people, understand that he is doing and we are listening. Overall, if you would like to hear a different version of Phantom, one where the Phantom isn't quite so, let's say Oscar Wilde-ish, where the feel is one of a theater and not a studio, then this CD is worth the money.
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