Lloyd Webber: Phantasia/The Woman In White Suite

March 28, 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 30, 2005
  • Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:00:42
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  • ASIN: B000S530NG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,477 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Desiree Russo on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Finally a recording that suits ALW's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! All these years it has been hindered by small Broadway orchestras, and is now dominated by the legendary London Symphony! It gives The Phantom of the Opera the sound it deserves with its broad sound and lower brass section which makes your speakers shake. To start off with the wonderful duet: a match made in heaven. What an amazing way of portraying Christine as a violin and the Phantom as a cello. The violin represents Christine's innocence as well her tone of a soprano, which makes it dramatic as well. The cello represents the Phantom as a dark, mysterious man who can become furious as well with its dark, clashing sounds. Not only that, the cello is a heavier in sound, which surrounds the delicate sound of the violin; just as the Phantom would do with Christine. From the bittersweet sounds in the beginning to The Music of Night, it is superb! The transistions from each unforgettable tune are Webber's renowned style. Even if the play didn't exist, I would still be happy, just listening to this recording. Although, the movie was a fiasco, it did lend some other tunes that are also enjoyable. Anyway, it is a must for all Phantom fans! Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Jr on January 24, 2006
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The wonder of this CD is that the two artists are able to use a violin and a cello to sound like vocal duets between Christine and the Phantom - the violin is Christine and the cello, the Phantom. The symphony orchestra gives the music a depth impossible with a theater orchestra. This is a don't miss for anyone who loves beautiful music.

In addition there is a suite of "Woman in White" music. This score is not thrilling on the cast album, but on this recording, it is extremely beautiful. It restores ALW to the position of the master theatrical composer.

This CD is a real treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikicellist1975 on November 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a CD that is very special to me and I wanted to write something about it, but after reading the previous reviews there isn't much else I can add about this fabulous album, other than, perhaps, you may think this is crossover music. It is not.
It is a very well written, very enjoyable double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. Whether you are familiar with Phantom of the Opera or not, you will enjoy it. If you are familiar with the musical, you will recognise all the main songs from the musical and you may even find yourself singing along to the music!
The way the 'songs' are arranged for cello and violin and the way they are linked together is fantastic and the pace is just right, it keeps you hooked for the whole half an hour (or just over), from the dramatic opening (which must be exceptionally difficult to play for both the cellist and the violinist!!) to the bitter-sweet ending.
Both Julian Lloyd Webber and Sarah Chang give a flawless performance here and prove the world class musicians they are.
Really hope to be able to hear it performed live again.
You often hear that classical music is a form of art that can express human feelings, from fear to love, from anger to joy, from sadness to hope .....well, you will find all of these feelings in here. Enjoy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marijan Bosnar on August 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As most people know by now, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" is a musical phenomenon. Since it premiered in October 1986 in London and a year after that on Broadway, it became one of the best and most beloved musicals of all time. The gothic love story of Gaston Leroux's novel proved for ALW to be a perfect match of the artist and the subject matter. Add to that the beautiful and sweeping melodies ALW composed, the monumental staging directed by the master of musical direction Hal Prince, the excellent original cast of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman and it's no wonder the Phantom quickly conquered the West End, Broadway (it is currently still playing on both locations as a second longest-running musical in history), after which it has been presented in theaters all over the world, thus becoming the most successful musical in terms of financial gain and the original cast album sold in more than 25 million copies.

When ALW was working on the score in the second part of the 80-is, he envisaged a concert version for the orchestra, violin and cello, in which the cello would take the role of the Phantom and the violin of Christine Daae, his love interest. It took almost 20 years for ALW and his cellist brother Julian to actually make it happen and this recording is the final result. It contains two orchestral suits: the selections from the Phantom score, called Phantasia and the other is from ALW's latest West End musical "The Woman in White", which is about to be transferred to Broadway in November this year.

Julian Lloyd Webber joined forces in Phantasia with one of the world's leading classical artists, the violinist Sarah Chang.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Jackson on September 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful listen for any fan of Phantom or someone who just loves classical music. Jullian Lloyd Webber breathes new life into his brother's famous music, so even though the tune is familiar...it's like nothing you've ever heard before
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