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Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert Cast Recording, Soundtrack
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Philip Quast has one of the most powerful voices that I have ever heard and it fits perfectly with Javert's character. "Stars" is my favorite song mainly for that reason.
Colm Wilkinson of course is the best Valjean out there. Sometimes his little rips at the end of a sustained note are annoying but his performance of "Bring Him Home" is the best.
And finally Lea Salonga is simply perfect as Eponine. She has a powerful yet very sweet voice that conveys Eponine's sadness without sounding whiny. Her performance of "On My Own" is nothing short of FANTASTIC and is giving Quast's performance of "Stars" a run for its money in my mind. Lea Salonga is quickly becoming one of my favorite singers and this recording is what first got my attention about her.
Overall, this recording is the best Les Mis recording out there. To get the whole story buy the Complete Symphonic Recording but for just pure enjoyment in listening, you MUST get this one!
And I would never ever forget that flute solo of 'Bring Him Home'... it will really touch your heart. Bravo to the flutist. And bravo to the cast that swept the world!
Colm Wilkinson: The one and only Valjean, being that he's on most of the album, cept the international cast.
Philip Quast: The best Javert! Much improved of the international cast
Ruthie Henshall: although I have partial regard to Debbie Byrn for she was the first Fantine i have heard, I think Ruthie Henshall is amazing!!! Much much much better than Randy Graff
Lea Salonga: better than the whiny Francis Rufelle (or whatever her name is) and on my own is one of my favorite songs thanx to her.
Micheal Ball: THE marius
Cosette: When I heard she was on Pochahontas I nearly flipped out of my chair. She is excellent!
Thenardiers: Better than any other. Alum Armstrong and Jenny Galloway make it funnier and Master of the House sounds so much better.
If you have to get one Les Mis recording this is!
Positives- Valjean (Colm Wilkenson) is great his range is strong and clear. Fantine (Ruthie Henshall) is my favorite character, she has so much emotion in her voice and Come to Me and I Dreamed a Dream have brought me to tears. I could keep going through everyone (except judy Kuhn-Cosette) in the cast because they all did so great. Gavroche (Adam Searles) is a doll he did great and had a passion for being in character. The Thenediers are performed perfectly. O and I cannot forget Lea Salonga she is WONDERFUL!!! I cry everytime I hear A Little Fall of Rain. You actually believe she is dying her voice is so clean in On Your Own but she adds a slight tremble to A little fall of rain.
Negative- I did not like Judy Kuhn at all her voice was not at all what I pictured Cosette being like. Also her pics make me positive apalled she is a beautiful women but does not have to youth to play Cosette. Also in Castle on a Cloud which was BEAUTIFULLY performed by Hannah Chick a balloon pops from the ceiling that was full of balloons for after the finale in the middle of a word. It is a slight destraction but Hannah did not miss a note and although in the movie you see she is shaken you would never know anywhere else.
Buy this CD and you will not be disapointed. It is awesome and if you love Les Mis then it is for you...Also Consider buying the movie which is great because the cast are in full costume and even with the lack of props they show so much emotion. This is a British musical that is not dependent on a stage set!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great version of Les Miserables! My wife's personal favorite version. Great quailty CD and brilliant talent of the performers.Published 2 months ago by Michael
Not all of the songs worked. I ended up buying many of them a second time on itunesPublished 3 months ago by Jesse Diamond
Getting the CD version is the next best thing to actually being at the concert. It comes with two cd's and a little description booklet with pictures. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bobw
This is a very good recording that allows me to close my eyes and envision the story as the music plays. I love it!Published 3 months ago by Eric H. Read
The CD tracks are not in the correct order and do not match the booklet inside on disc 2. This is clearly not factory published set and is very dissapointingPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is well worth watching on the DVD if you have access to it. Read more