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The Phantom of the Opera (Highlights from the 1989 Original Canadian Cast) [Cast Recording]

Andrew Lloyd Webber , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Theatre Orchestra , Peter Cormican , Rebecca Caine , Colm Wilkinson , Gregory Cross Audio CD
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  • Performer: Peter Cormican, Rebecca Caine, Colm Wilkinson, Gregory Cross
  • Orchestra: Theatre Orchestra
  • Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000072VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A few years after The Phantom of the Opera debuted in London, Harold Prince unveiled Andrew Lloyd Webber's gothic musical in Canada, in 1989. It was so good that this recording of highlights from the Canadian cast is--dare we say it?--more enjoyable than the equivalent London cast highlights album. No, it doesn't have the authenticity of London principals Sarah Brightman (for whom then-husband Lloyd Webber wrote the role of Christine) and Michael Crawford, but it doesn't have their idiosyncrasies, either, and it does have the richer voices of Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine (who played Jean Valjean and older Cosette, respectively, in the 1985 London cast of Les Misérables). At 69 minutes, the Canadian album is also 10 minutes longer than the London, allowing inclusion of the prologue and dress rehearsal for Hannibal. Of course, Lloyd Webber's melodies--"Angel of Music," "The Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again"--are scrumptious on any continent. --David Horiuchi

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Contains highlights from the Andrew Lloyd Webber brainchild performed in Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal & Calgary during April, 1991 through September, 1992. Stars Colm Wilkinson & Rebecca Caine in leading roles.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly flawless March 22, 2006
By Emilia
Format:Audio CD
The first thing you have to know is that this recording is not the entire musical. A few songs have been omitted. However, it's still worth a purchase, as the cast is absolutely fantastic.

Okay, first off is Rebecca Caine as Christine. While other women have attempted to play the awkward, timid teenager that Christine is, Caine takes a different approach. Her vocals are smooth and confident, and while it's impossible to believe that she's a teenager, she sings like an angel. Her voice is also very controlled--it doesn't quiver, like Sarah Brightman's, or croak unexpectedly, like Emmy Rossum's. She's a fantastic Christine.

Colm Wilkinson as the Phantom was a pleasant surprise. Of course, imagining Jean Valjean seducing Cosette is more than a bit disturbing, but Wilkinson and Caine play off each other superbly, and it's particularly evident during "Wandering Child." But the real highlight of Wilkinson's performance is "The Music of the Night." His vocals are indescribably gorgeous, and he brings a passion to the role that will make even the most hardcore Raoul sympathizer see the Phantom in a different light. Maybe it's just me, but I found Wilkinson's performance more believable than that of the original London Phantom, Michael Crawford. While Crawford's voice is thin, feminine and nearly emotionless, Wilkinson sings the role with a hypnotic intensity that is truly beyond compare. There's so much emotion in every line he sings--if you loved him in Les Miserables, you'll be swooning here.

Byron Nease plays RAOUL! The main problem with HIM is that EVERY LINE is so OVEREMPHASIZED that ALL HIS VOCALS end up SOUNDING LIKE THIS!!!

Okay, enough of that.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing to the ear April 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I had owned the London cast recording of Phantom for some 7 years before I bought this one, and it is very hard to say which one is better. As with all different cast recordings of musicals, both have their strong and weak points.
The Canadian cast is headed up by Colm Wilkinson, who is a superb singer but often sounds like he has something in his mouth. However, he certainly brings a new depth to the role of the phantom, and one can easily imagine his strange enunciation being caused by disfiguring scars or the mask that hides them.
Caine is very easy on the ear as Christine, and many prefer her voice to Sarah Brightman's. However, at the end of the title song "Phantom of the Opera" when she sings along to the Phantom's exhortations, she sounds to me as if she is struggling for the breath to reach the notes. She pauses a split second too long for breath between each phrase. This gives the impression that she's struggling.
The Carlotta of this recording is exquisite. She sounds like a real opera singer, and not like a musical performer trying to sound like a diva.
The only real fault with this particular recording is the fact that they have left out the duet between Meg & Christine, "Angel of Music". That's the only reason I took away the final star.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but... February 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I would've given this five stars, but a few songs are omitted. Other than that, though, it's absolutely excellent. Colm Wilkinson plays a terrific Phantom--worlds better than Michael Crawford could ever be. His voice positively soars, and "Music of the Night" is truly breathtaking.

For this Canadian version of Phantom, the role of Christine is played by the incredibly talented Rebecca Caine. Unlike Sarah Brightman, she is able to control her voice to the point that her vibrato isn't annoying. "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," a song that has traditionally bored me to death, was suddenly more interesting when I heard Rebecca sing it. My one problem was that during "The Phantom's Lair" (as "Down Once More" and "Track Down this Murderer" are dubbed on this CD), she seemed to forget herself, and her vocals often turned to strangled gasps.

Byron Nease is one of the best Raouls I've ever heard. His voice is positively angelic, and "All I Ask of You" was a delight. The role is played very well.

Perhaps my favorite vocalist here, however, is the fantastic Lyse Guerin, who played a splendid Carlotta. Her voice is absolutely gorgeous, and she totally nailed her self-absorbed, irritable character. I can't even begin to prase her performance in "Prima Donna"--it is simply something you must experience yourself. She also tends to speed up passages that Rosemary Ashe, the original Carlotta, sang rather slowly. This may sound like it would be annoying, but it actually adds some more flavor to the songs.

Our dear managers, Firmin and Andre, left me a bit speechless. During the first act, they had clear Canadian accents...which promptly disappeared by the second act. During "Notes!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Phantom to be Cherished December 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
From the opening moments of this CD, it is clear that everyone listening is in for a big treat. With tighter and clearer orchestrations, fine vocals, and a lovely booklet, this is a real winner for Phantom of the Opera fans. But why not just give you a track by track review?

1. Prologue- This is a rather boring, and unexplained track. The Auctioneer is too loud and boisterous for my liking, and only a short portion of the scene is included. This is the only track on the CD which should have been left off.

2. Overture- The thunderous Organ overture will leave chills running down your spine, with it's beautiful melody, and haunting beat. A wonderful beginning to the show, and if you close your eyes you can almost see the majestic chandelier rising up above your head.

3. Dress Rehearsal of Hannibal- It's so nice to have this song on the CD at all, much less done so nicely. The actor portraying Piangi is especially good. This song is not included on the Original London Cast Recording, so that makes it an even bigger bonus.

4. Think of Me- Rebecca Caine's gorgeous soprano lifts through the song, although her Raoul is a little too over the top, even for the stage. Still her cadanza saves the ending, and makes her a welcome break from Sarah Brightman.

5. The Mirror- I find it odd that Angel of Music was not included on the CD, as it is one of the key numbers, but no matter. Here's the first time we hear Colm Wilkinson as the Phantom, and he does a very nice job. He doesn't try to sound like Michael Crawford, and gives the Phantom a fresh, deeper voice, which is quite welcome, and works well with Rebecca Caine.

6. The Phantom of the Opera- One word- GORGEOUS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Fast delivery & would buy from this seller ...
This cd has Colm Wilkinson as the phantom instead of Michael Crawford & he knocks the ball out of the park! Fantastic! Fast delivery & would buy from this seller again.
Published 28 days ago by Frank V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to sing Colm!
My daughter found this so I could listen to Colm perform his Phantom. (and gave this to me as a present!) As usual, Colm W singing leaves me speechless.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Stinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have heard many versions of these songs with different casts and this is by far my favorite. I originally bought this CD in Pantages theater, Canada about 20 years ago, the first... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert L. Bowlin Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars I had lost my original
If you love the show, and are cognizant of the nuances of fine singing, this is for you! Colm is the master acting/singer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AMO
5.0 out of 5 stars There is none better
All i can say is that this has to be the best music ever. I went to this opera in Toronto in the early 90's and fell in love with the music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joseph Castiglione
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The music is great what I thought.
Specially, the voice of Phantom was so touched. I strongly recommand the CD.
Published 13 months ago by Lim jaehyun
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love the sound of Colm's voice as the Phantom. It's beautiful and soothing music to relax by and enjoy.
Published 15 months ago by Susan Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Colm Wilkinson
This is a remarkable CD. If you have ever seen Phantom of the Opera, I suggest you purchase this CD. Colm Wilkinson is far better than any other that has performed in this play.
Published 16 months ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of 'The Phantom of the Opera' CD
Absolutely love this CD. Have waited a long time to find it. It is everything I expected it to be. Thank you.
Published 18 months ago by Susan Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars phantom
a great cd.....any phanton fan would love it. Colin and Rebecca are great......you will always remember seeing the phanton at the theater
Published 19 months ago by jeff butya
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