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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 [Cast Recording]

Great Comet Original Cast , Dave Malloy Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 10, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • ASIN: B00G0RTYK4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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NATASHA PIERRE/GREAT COMET 1812 (OCR)

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Intoxicating" December 31, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Dave Malloy's "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812" is easily one of the best musical scores of the year. This is my first experience with the composer, but I'm already eagerly waiting to see what he'll do next. This "electro pop opera" based on a small portion of "War and Peace" is, to use the lofty words bandied about with emotional abandon by its nineteenth century Russian characters, completely "intoxicating."

In a way, the term "electro pop" (which I've seen used to describe the show in several places) is both accurate and reductive. This is not your usual "pop opera" in the way that say, "Les Miserables" and other period pop shows, mainly from Europe and from the 1980s, are usually described. There are surely pop sounds and also electronica, used to thrilling effect as the aristocratic Natasha (Phillipa Soo) falls under the erotic spell of the superficial Anatole (Lucas Steele), despite being engaged to Andrey, who remains mainly offstage fighting the French. But there is, just as much I'd say, influences of classical and traditional Broadway, as well as (of course!) Russian folk music. The score is eclectic, surprising, and quite brilliant--as the best musicals are--in illustrating and amplifying the characters' emotions.

Another key element to "Great Comet"s originality are the lyrics. Purists will notice right away the absence of consistent rhyme schemes. Now I would not ordinarily advocate that musical composers shun rhymes, but based on the evidence here, maybe it's not always as important as it seems. Somehow it has enabled Malloy to dig deep into the characters' emotional states in ways that seem truer than you sometimes get when lyricists are trying to cover plot and character and also contrive a perfect rhyme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to this cd over and over again, love it December 18, 2013
Format:Audio CD
There is a reason Ben Brantley and Isherwood listed Natasha in their top theater picks of the year. I listed to this CD over and over again. Very creative and great voices!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this show in NYC December 29, 2013
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Saw this show in NYC and we were thoroughly entertained. I had no idea what to expect. Loved the music including the concert in Bryant Park on YOUTUBE. I was very excited to finally get my CD!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! December 27, 2013
By WK
Format:Audio CD
Very powerful , joyful and beautiful . I'm enjoin it and will buy another disk for my friends. Highly recommend .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show. March 20, 2014
By TO
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A fantastic musical. Witty, inventive. Saw it last time I was in New York and this is a perfect memento.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! March 17, 2014
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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this show and this cast album is a must have for any lover of the American musical theatre.
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