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Carousel - 1993 London Cast Recording [Cast Recording]

Joanna Riding, Michael Hayden, Katrina Murphy, Clive Rowe, Meg Johnson, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Carousel (Related Recordings)Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 15, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000003FO6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue - Orch
2. Mister Snow - Katrina Murphy/Joanna Riding
3. If I Loved You - Joanna Riding/Michael Hayden
4. June Is Bustin' Out All Over - Meg Johnson/Katrina/Murphy/Katrina Murphy/Joanna Riding/Meg Davies/Michael Hayden/Charle Shirvell...
5. Mister Snow (Reprise) - Katrina Murphy/Clive Rowe
6. When The Children Are Asleep - Katrina Murphy/Clive Rowe
7. Blow High, Blow Low - Phil Daniels/Michael Hayden/Charles Shirvell/Leon Greene/Ross Ferguson/Clive Rowe/David Obinyan...
8. Soliloquy - Michael Hayden
9. A Real Nice Clambake - Katrina Murphy/Joanna Riding/Meg Davies/Michael Hayden/Charle Shirvell/Leon Greene/Meg Johnson...
10. Geraniums In The Winder/Stonecutters Cut It On Stone - Phil Daniels/Michael Hayden/Charles Shirvell/Leon Greene/Ross Ferguson/Clive Rowe/David Obinyan...
11. What's The Use Of Wond'rin' - Joanna Riding
12. You'll Never Walk Alone - Meg Johnson
13. Ballet - Orch
14. If I Loved You (Reprise) - Michael Hayden
15. You'll Never Walk Alone (Reprise) - Katrina Murphy/Joanna Riding/Meg Davies/Michael Hayden/Charle Shirvell/Leon Greene/Meg Johnson...

Editorial Reviews

This marvelous 1993 London revival breathes new life into an old warhorse, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Carousel. The voices of Joanna Riding as Julie Jordan and Michael Hayden as Billy Bigelow (a role he reprised in the 1994 Broadway production) might not have the sheer beauty of Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae on the movie soundtrack, but they sound younger, thereby making this story of doomed romance more poignant and believable. This is especially true in "If I Loved You," which unfolds over a mesmerizing 11 and a half minutes as the pair tries in vain to convince themselves that they are not in love. This generous 79-minute recording includes all the other gems of the score, including the fabulous prologue ("The Carousel Waltz"), Billy's ode to his impending parenthood ("Soliloquy"), the inspiring anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone," and even the second-act ballet music and bits of connecting dialogue. In fact, listening to this CD is like spending a night at the theater. What else could you ask from a cast recording? --David Horiuchi

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great American Musical July 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Carousel" is the great American musical. There's just no denying it. Nothing that came before and nothing that has come since can hold a candle to this show. It is Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpiece and it is America's masterpiece. Although I can't say much that Arne Andersen and Tommy Peter haven't already said in their reviews, I'll sure try!
I was fortunate enough to see this phenomenal production of "Carousel" at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End in January of 1994 and no theatre-going experience has been so powerful or memorable. Although Michael Hayden had already left the production to open the show on Broadway, the rest of the cast was the same as is heard here. Personally, I have no qualm with Meg Johnson's rendition of either "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" or "You'll Never Walk Alone." In her defense, I can assure you that her voice rang with more purity on stage than it does on this recording.
While I am actually a bigger fan of the original cast of this show (1945), I am not a fan of that recording. I do believe John Raitt and Jan Clayton could sing circles around Michael Hayden and Joanna Riding any day of the week, but the score as preserved on this disc is far more pleasing than the truncated 1945 recording debacle.
Here at last is the entire "If I Loved You" scene (almost 12 minutes). Here is the entire "Carousel Waltz" and the full second act ballet. Here is the incredibly necessary "If I Loved You (Reprise)" -- the most important scene in the show.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Hypoxy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...and I'd have missed the most poignant, exuberant performance of this great musical I've ever seen or heard.

(And I've seen probably a dozen live performances of Carousel since my first one in Dallas in the late '40s. I own the orig. cast, the remastered orig. cast, the movie sound track, the Barbara Cook/Samuel Ramey, the John Raitt/Eileen Christy Lincoln Center recordings.)

I've been a voice coach and choral director for ~40 years. I know what great voices sound like. I also know when vocal virtuosity is secondary to a singer-actor's ability to draw an audience into his character and the story that's being told.

Clive Rowe isn't Eric Mattson, but he IS the love-besotted fisherman-with-big-dreams Enoch Snow. Jigger's gravelly voice is predictively sinister, Julie sounds like a sweet unsophisticated teenage girl. Meg Johnson's "You'll Never Walk Alone" is not the operatic aria it is in some hands; it's exactly what it was written to be: a tender attempt to comfort a grief-stricken youngster.

Michael Hayden's "Soliloquy" lacks the vocal grandeur of Raitt's, but it lacks nothing in its expression of the agony of a hooligan carny kid wrestling with utterly alien emotions.

Katrina Murphy is impeccable by any standard and that's as it should be. If I were a female singer with Broadway aspirations, the role of Carrie would be my ultimate dream.

The marvelous chorus is always attuned to the moment, the orchestra is exhilarating, the orchestration is simply inspired. The music is so perfectly integrated into the dialogue and action that you are unaware of any synapse.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Leads a Revelation in Superb revival of classic. August 19, 1998
Format:Audio CD
If this London revival of CAROUSEL had only had the brilliant stage and set designs and the enthusiasm of the young cast, it would have been a stunner but it is a revelation in for the first time casting a YOUNG Billy and a YOUNG Julie. For the first time the plot makes sense - these are abused and confused youngsters grappling at love. The acting by Michael Hayden and Joanna Riding in the leads is superb and their singing is full of beauty and emotional insight. This is the best interpretation of the leading roles ever recorded - poignant and full of feeling. Around them musically there are some hits and some misses. The CAROUSEL WALTZ is reorchestrated, slightly cut and too subdued and leisurely for my enjoyment. Katrina Murphy as Carrie is wonderful in MR. SNOW, superbly orchestrated by William Brohm and she and Ms. Riding fine in JULIE JORDAN. IF I LOVED YOU is nothing short of extraordinary - musically and dramatically. Meg Johnson disappoints as Nettie in JUNE IS BUSTIN OUT ALL OVER but the chorus is fine and this is the first recording of the dance music following the number (total time: 5:12). The MR. SNOW reprise is mixed - Clive Rowe is totally miscast as Snow and overprojects and overacts badly. Murphy is fine in this and in WHEN THE CHILDREN ARE ASLEEP and Rowe again disappoints. BLOW HIGH is done well with Phil Daniels providing the raspiest singing voice probably ever recorded. Hayden again is wonderful in the SOLILOQUY - acting full of joy, wonder and sensitivity. A REAL NICE CLAMBAKE is fine - again except for Rowe, who is only competent in GERANIUMS IN THE WINDER (only the third time this number has been recorded). STONECUTTERS CUT IT ON STONE is well done but the women's chorus reprise is not included. Ms. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Carousel- 1993 London Cast
There are many different cast rcordings of Carousel. This is one o f the best versions of all of them.
Published 9 months ago by Stephen M. Feldman
4.0 out of 5 stars 1993 Re-Do of "Carousel"
It is lovely to have a more encyclopedic performance of the "Carousel" score than was possible at the time of the Original Cast Recording. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carol A. Aronoff
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT!!!
My parents were HUGE musical theatre fans, Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals at the top of the list. Carousel was their particular favorite and believe me, was played most... Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by My Two Cents,and some change...
2.0 out of 5 stars Has this cast been vocally trained at all?
The title to this review pretty much sums up my view of this recording. Joanna Riding is a wonderful actress, but her New England accent, like that of most of this British cast,... Read more
Published on December 25, 2008 by Grant Hugh Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars music
The recording is fine. The case however, arrived cracked and we had to find a new one for the CD. I called Amazon and was told that if all was fine they would refund a portion... Read more
Published on June 28, 2008 by Sylvia G. Hildebrandt
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
Compare Raitt's "Soliquoy" on the Decca "Selections" CD to Hayden's on the London cast recording. Raitt's operatic majesty, masculinity laced with self-hatred, and charismatic... Read more
Published on April 19, 2006 by Jazz Baby
5.0 out of 5 stars SENTIMENTAL??? Nah!
ALMOST a 'method' recording of this treasure ~ Michael Hayden and Joanna Riding are PERFECTLY matched as the 'star-crossed' young'uns .... Read more
Published on June 8, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait to get off this carousel
I am a big fan of Carousel and consider it to be the best of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Next to Showboat, it is my favorite of all American musicals. Read more
Published on November 15, 2002 by Robert E. Simanski
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice orchestra. Shame about the cast, though...
In my opinion, Carousel is the best R&H play written (I usually find their work to be overly fluffy). As such, I really did not like this recording. Read more
Published on November 4, 2002 by Brandon Langeland
2.0 out of 5 stars A musician tells it like it is..Rodgers rolling in his grave
Unfortunately, I read the other reviews posted here and bought this recording based on the glowing sentiments expressed. Hmph. Read more
Published on April 11, 2002 by "amelia22"
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