on January 11, 2013
Despite some of the more plodding moments early in the second act, a quality score. story (and recording). After wearing out my first copy of the CD after a dozen or so years, many of the songs remain favorites--Working On the Land, Welcome Home, The Imposters, and Land of the Fathers--to name just a few. Some powerful performances on here. A must-have for Boublil/Schonberg fans. (Don't waste your money on the American recording)
on April 28, 2012
This never made it out of its original London run. Despite the richness of the score and the thoughtful book, it never survived the work of the focus group mob and hence never made it to America. I saw it in London and thought it was unforgettable, by far the best work of Schönberg and Boublil, better than either Les Miserables or Miss Saigon.
on September 18, 1999
The 1996 version of Matrin Guerre is far superior to the new 1999 version. The music is fantastic and the story contains the right balance of drama, romance, and humor. Why on earth they tampered with it to make the new version is beyond me. This is the REAL Martin Guerre!!!
on July 31, 1999
This 1996 London recording of "Martin Guerre" (a show which seems to be undergoing about as many revisions as "The Scarlet Pimpernel" -- it must be something about these French musicals!) provides listeners with much that is worthwhile, with some extraneous material sprinkled throughout. The vocal performances by the three leads Iaian Glen, Rebecca Lock, and Matt Rawle are not exceptional. Glen and Rawle sound so similar that is hard to tell which one is performing. Lock sings sweetly, but her vibrato is, at times, awfully wide and seemingly forced. The recording has a strong beginning with a gorgeous "Prologue" followed by two more colorful numbers "Working on the Land" and "Where's the Child." "Martin Guerre" is satisfactory, but not overly stirring. "Sleeping On Our Own" is the album's first and most significant pitfall. While the number might be more enjoyable when performed live and within the context of the show, it is utterly irritating to listen to -- conjuring images of three third-rate aged Edith Piaf impersonators struggling to sing despite some kind of throat problem. "When Will Someone Hear" and "Tell Me To Go" are attractive love themes, but the highlight of the first act is definitely Michael Matus' "Louison." The album's most successful selection is without question "The Impostors" which is haunting and colorful. Much of what is present here is well-done, and with further revisions, recasting, and restructuring, "Martin Guerre" should be poised to become a successful fixture -- much like its cousins "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon" -- when it arrives on Broadway in the Spring of 2000.
on March 27, 1999
Being a fan of Boublil and Schonberg's other triumphs, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, I was very interested in Martin Guerre. And after buying the CD, I was not disappointed! This show has a beautiful score, singable lyrics, and a compelling story. While the performers on this recording may not be the best(with the exception of Jerome Pradon's excellent Guillaume and Michael Matus' perfectly foolish and touching Benoit), the quality of the show shines through, and I sincerely hope that Martin Guerre, in however many revisions it's been through now, manages to stay with us for many years!
on February 24, 1999
I got to see this wonderful peice of work in Londons West end, just before it closed in 1998. I was very greatful to have been able to see it performed. The score is wonderful, and the lyrics are equally imoressive. Count yourself lucky if you get this CD. I have seen many shows ans heared many others. But this one will forever be one of my favorites. It's perfectly written. A true masterpiece for the modern age.
on April 16, 1999
This CD is so brilliant, the music in some places is haunting. The prologue is beautiful the music seems as if a new day is beggining. If you don't know the story of Martin Guerre don't worry after lisening to this recording you will. This is Boublil and Schonbergs best work yet, if you like the CD check outh the video THE MAKING OF MARTIN GUERRE. I can't wait to see what they have for us next.