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Les Miserables Complete Symphonic Recording Cast Recording


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  • Performer: Various Artists, Michael Ball, Don Gallagher, Martin Smith, Bruce Winant, et al.
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Pit Orchestra
  • Conductor: Martin Koch
  • Composer: Claude-Michel Schoenberg
  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Red Ink
  • ASIN: B0002E5L62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

Customer Reviews

They have very similar voices because they sing from the back of their throats.
RJStuart
Gary Morris is the best ever Jaljean, Phillip Quast is the best ever Javert and Michael Ball is the best ever Marius.
Nick Wilson
I own the original London Cast recording and prefer this Complete Symphonic recording over it.
L. Kleinfeldt

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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful By RJStuart on April 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After viewing 'Les Miserables' in Sydney two years ago, Ibought the Original London Cast Recording of the musical. However, Inoticed that some things were missing. Consequently, I bought this album to fill in the gaps. I now have three recordings of 'Les Miserables'; the Original Broadway Cast including these other two, and the 10th Anniversary Concert VHS Tape. With a 65-strong orchestra this recording definately has the best sound quality out of all the other recordings I have heard. After listening to Colm Wilkinson perform Jean Valjean, on the OLC, incessantly for a year, it took some time getting used to Gary Morris' portrayal of the saintly criminal. However, after listening to Morris a few times he starts to grow on you. Although I prefer Colm, Morris still depicts Valjean extremely well. Listeners notice the great change in the character of Valjean from the beginning of the musical to the end. Notice the contrasts in Valjean's character in the songs; "What Have I Done?": Valjean: "Take an eye for an eye. Turn your heart into stone. This is all I have lived for. This is all I have known." and "Bring Him Home": Valjean: "If I die, Let me die! Let him live." The character of Valjean is extremely developed and Morris portrays him very well with deep emotion and passion, which serves to involve the listeners into the action of the musical. Javert is my all-time favourite character in literature, film, and music. The cold-hearted Police Inspector is brilliantly portrayed by Philip Quast in this album. Quast is the best Javert I have heard; his voice is so clear, deep and powerful, and it is a pleasure listening to him play the antagonist in 'Les Miserables'....Read more ›
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By burghtenor on October 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
THE SHOW:
In my opinion, Les Misérables is the best musical ever written. It is surprisingly faithful to its source, the excellent epic novel by Victor Hugo. True, many plot episodes have been dropped and some characters have been combined, but the only major change is that the character of Eponine has been ennobled. The main storyline is about Jean Valjean, a man embittered by an overzealous prison system but redeemed by the kindness of a bishop. He vows to live the remainder of his life as an upright man, which leads him to be a successful businessman and mayor, the guardian of an orphan, and eventually a fighter in the doomed Paris revolt of 1832. However, there are a multitude of characters who interact with Valjean and each other. The plot is complex, and the show runs about 3 hours, longer than the typical Broadway musical. Large portions of the show are serious, but it has its humorous moments, and other parts (including the finale) are extremely uplifting.

THE RECORDING:
This three-CD set is an excellent recording of the show -- this is one of my most prized possessions!

First of all, the use of a full symphony orchestra lends an extra dramatic flair apparent from the first chord onward.

Secondly, I recommend this recording because of its completeness. To me, many of the most inspiring parts of the score are where Valjean shows his Christ-like compassion: championing Fantine, claiming Cosette, freeing Javert, and pleading for Marius. None of these are included on the Broadway recording, nor are the bittersweet musical sequences following several of the deaths in the second act.

Third of all, the recording cast is drawn from members of several English-speaking productions, plus one member from a non-English-speaking production.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Gregory E. Foster VINE VOICE on August 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first became acquainted with this wonderful work before it was known of here in the USA through a copy I had ordered from England. Then, with the US Broadway production, the OBC release was added to my collection. Then, this one, and later, the dream cast version, and then the 10th anniversary edition. So, I have listened to a "few" versions of the work. I love them all. I love this one, perhaps, the most. I am heavily into opera and classical music, so I guess it is sort of natural that I would be drawn to the presentation of this great work with a complete orchestra behind it.

I feel that it is necessary, however, to own three versions of this wonderful musical play. First, the Original, London production. Second, the Original Broadway Edition, and lastly, This, the Symphonic Edition. They all three have their place, and, indeed, are all different, each begging for space on your shelves for very good reason.

If you are a purist, and can only have one, then, it must be the Original London Cast...period, end of discussion. But, if you are like me, and require different interpretations, etc., you will simply fall in love with all three of these recommended recordings.

When I state above that this is the greatest musical piece of theater ever, I certainly do, truly, believe this. Of all the dozens of plays I have seen on Broadway, of the hundreds I have listened to on LP and disc, watched on tape, LaserDics, and DVD, etc., NOTHING has EVER reached the Stratospheric Heights of this work. The only possible exception would be "Man of LaMancha" with Alan Jones, waaaay back, when I was a young man. It was my first Broadway Show, and this may be why I hold it so highly in my heart. (Everything gets held up to it for comparison, and most do not make the cut!)

Again, I urge you to add this recording to your collection...you will love it dearly. ~operabruin
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