Scarlet Pimpernel, the Cast Recording
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|5. Prayer - Percy|
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|7. Falcon In The Dive - Chauvelin|
|8. When I Look At You - Marguerite|
|9. The Scarlet Pimpernel - Percy, Company|
|10. Where's The Girl - Chavelin|
|11. When I Look At You - Percy|
|12. The Creation Of Man - Percy, Prince Of Wales, Percy's Men|
|13. Instrumental: Marguerites Dilemma - Orchestra|
|14. The Riddle - Chauvelin, Marguerite, Percy, Company|
|15. Instrumental: Entr' Acte - Orchestra|
|16. They Seek Him Here - Percy, Prince Of Wales, Ladies Llewellyn, Digby, Company|
|17. Only Love - Marguerite|
|18. She Was There - Percy|
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Top Customer Reviews
Cast in the lead as the Pimpernel (known publicly as Sir Percy Blakeney), Douglas Sills manages to convey both the silly fop and the dashing hero with a mere change of vocal pattern. I did not ever see him in the role, but I can tell why he was popular. He seems to be having the time of his life.
Christine Andreas has a lovely voice as Marguerite, but she seemed to lack warmth in the love songs. However, she totally conveys a feeling of isolation in her powerful rendition of "When I Look At You".
The only other recording I ever heard Terrence Mann on was "Beauty and the Beast". He's got a pretty good voice, though perhaps a tad heavy for the part of Chauvelin. I much prefer the Chauvelin on the "Encore" recording.
I throughly recommend this recording.Read more ›
I am sorry to say that I was terribly let down. I was unimpressed by the first listen. I listened over and over again hoping to be moved by it. Despite these attempts, I kept coming up empty. Empty is the most appropriate expression for it... Simply unremarkable. No big deal. Nothing to it.
To me, the music was very reminiscent of the scores in modern Disney animation. I felt I was listening to The Little Mermaid with the sea-faring nature of one of the tunes. The ballads were just sappy in my opinion. The "big" numbers others have referred to may have been more tolerable, but they did not stand out as beautiful and moving. Even the best of the songs were just okay - not bad, but nothing I would yearn to hear again.
Whereas I am sure Christine Andreas is a lovely woman, her voice really, really turned me off. I could not enjoy any of the songs she sang due to the vibrato in her voice as mentioned by several other reviewers. Her tone and pitch were great, but any sustained note was just uncomfortable for me to listen to. Beyond her voice, I did not feel for any of the characters. I did not sense the drama that should have been present. There was nothing about this CD that made me want to recommend it to anyone.
For Wildhorn's best, check out Jekyll and Hyde (particularly the concept recording - phenomenal). I would not encourage you to spend your money on this recording. Just watch the next animated Disney blockbuster.
If you like a cd that has wonderful orchestrations and magnificent voices with amazing songs (with the music being quite bombastic at times) you will love this cd. There are fiery songs sung out of hate, or betrayed love; tender songs that speak of a love lost and a love found; as well as inspiring songs that could convince anyone that they could sail the high seas to defeat their foes! I give it the best rating possible and it is definitely my favorite cd. (my house hears it at least 3 times a week and when I play it it plays all day!) Definitely order it!
Most recent customer reviews
This recording would be of interest to musical theatre history buffs. I am a fan of the original book and the many movie adaptations and wondered if the story could be successful... Read morePublished on March 9 2010 by Elle Cee
I have never had the pleasure of seeing this show on Broadway, but simply listening to this soundtrack gives me at least some idea of how awesome the show was when performed... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Robert Torres
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL made history as the first Broadway musical to be re-tooled and re-cast during its run, following scathing reviews and waning box-office. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Byron Kolln
Dearest Christine Andreas,
If you ruin another show with your stupid vibrato, I will personally send a large, dead fish to your home in the care of a large Italian-Polish man... Read more
Ah! I simple loved this CD! I've read the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy and I loved it (all three times ^^)! Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Megsy
30 seconds were enough to buy the CD altough I have never heard of the Broadwayplay. It was pretty brethtaking to hear all the songs. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003
I must first say that I love this CD very much, but the music is not very good.
They lyrics are very symbolic and powerful, but the music does not match them at all. Read more
I really wanted to like this this recording. It wasn't as bad as a 2, but they don't have 1/2 star to hit the 2.5 I would give it. Read morePublished on May 10 2003 by AnthonyWrites