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The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall: In Celebration of 25 Years

Andrew Lloyd Webber , Ramin Karimloo , Sierra Boggess Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Prologue - The Stage Of Paris Opera House, 1905 (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Overture (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 8:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Think Of Me (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 9:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Angel Of Music (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Little Lotte .../The Mirror ...(Angel Of Music) (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Phantom Of The Opera (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Music Of The Night 6:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Remember .../Stranger Than You Dreamt It ... (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Magical Lasso (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Notes .../Prima Donna (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011)12:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Why Have You Brought Me Here?/ Raoul, I've Been There (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. All I Ask Of You (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. All I Ask Of You (Reprise) (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Entr'acte - Act Two - Six Months Later 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Masquerade / Why So Silent? (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 8:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Notes .../Twisted Every Way (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011)10:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wandering Child .../Bravo Bravo (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 8:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Point Of No Return (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011) 6:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Down Once More .../Track Down This Murderer (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011)19:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Grand Finale (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/2011)17:57$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess
  • Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Audio CD (February 7, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • ASIN: B005M10VBA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

To celebrate its 25th Anniversary year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh present PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of London s Royal Albert Hal with a variety of very special stars and a supporting cast and orchestra of over 200. Participants include the original stars SARAH BRIGHTMAN and MICHAEL CRAWFORD and PHANTOM film star Gerrard Butler. An added treat will be composer Andrew Lloyd Webber accompanying his actors on the piano.

This spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime staging of the world s biggest musical, has been captured live for a must-have anniversary album release for fans everywhere. We have partnered with Universal Pictures to release both a DVD and a live 2 disc version of the show.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it. 100% worth it. March 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The longer a show runs, the more people are going to get protective of their favourite cast/company/performance. This is then amplified the more times that show is then recorded (officially recorded, ha). So that the next time ANOTHER version comes out you wonder, is it worth it? And the bottom line is, sometimes it is and sometimes it's not. So is this one? The short answer is yes. It is worth it 100%.

Why? 3 reasons: the cast, the orchestra, and the 4 Phantoms (no Sarah sadly, but I'll get to that). So, first orchestra. While this score would probably still sound good with a 10 piece, letting it blast with a 200 piece just sends it through the roof. And while some got irritated by the edition of a few modern sounding instruments (such as an electric guitar) I personally liked it. I think it gave it an edge it has never had before.

Next, the 4 Phantoms. To be completely fair Colm Wilkinson was the only one I personally recognized as a Phantom Past but the four sounded so beautiful together it made me wish I had seen them all. And yes, the CD only features "Music of the Night" and not the duet with Sarah Brightman. Why? I have no idea. But it, and some editing choices are the only bad things to say about this recording.

Lastly, the cast. Even characters beyond the 3 central seem more in dept and more thought out than I've ever seen before (and I've seen the movie and various live productions). I don't mean to short change them in this review but I've probably lost most of you already so I'll just jump to the central 3 after a brief mention that everyone sounds fantastic. First, Hadley Fraser as Raoul. I have to admit, Raoul as a character has always irritated me. I'm not really sure why, but he has...until now.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recording of Phantom by far February 11, 2012
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First I must fully disclose that I am not an Andrew Lloyd Webber fan but that said, I do think Phantom is a very good work and theatrical piece. I saw the show in London during previews and later in New York when it just opened and both times I was never completely satisfied by the original production however in the theater. Nor did I warm to the original CD recording. Michael Crawford certainly did an admirable job with the part but something just struck me as wrong about his casting. First, his choir-boy voice was just not up to the musical requirements of this part, some of his darker high notes sounding disembodied and in performance I kept having the feeling that they were overdubbed. The current Phantom on this new recording Ramin Karimloo is a highly accomplished singer and sings the part with ease. He also played the Phantom in the sequel Love Never Dies. His performance brings new life to this role and it's nice to hear the score sung beautifully by him. Sarah Brightman was well-suited for the histrionics of Christine's part but I never warmed to her tiny, strained voice. Sierra Boggess is a very accomplished singer who nicely compliments Ramin Karimloo. In addition to the fact that these performances are solid, there's more of the original score on this recording. The live quality of the performance also lends some excitement to the work.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance, can't say the same for the editing February 12, 2012
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When this concert was announced last year I was giddy with excitement - I was a big fan of Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess from Love Never Dies, and I've never been a Sarah Brightman fan, so for them to do a concert with these two in the leads was a dream come true. The performances all around are great. Like I said, Ramin and Sierra are a great pair as the Phantom and Christine, and I thoroughly enjoy hearing Hadley Fraser sing Raoul (as a fan of The Pirate Queen, I've always been eager to hear him in more cast recordings).

Originally this CD was set to me released in November, and I was disappointed to see it pushed back to February. I assumed they discovered after the performance that they needed more time to edit the audio before releasing it on disc. After listening to it, I can't help but wonder what they edited, if anything. There are several points where there are awkwardly long moments of silence or filler instrumental where all you hear are the actors breathing/sighing/grunting/what have you. I imagine that if I were watching the video of this, there would be something going on - not the case here! I wish they would have taken the time to edit out the few bits that kind of stop the audio performance dead.

Those are just minor annoyances if anything. The deciding factor between making this a 4 and a 5 was the omission of the four Phantoms quartet singing the title song. Now the second disc is absolutely packed, only a few seconds short of the 80-minute capacity of a CD. But at the end of "Down Once More," there are well over FOUR MINUTES of just applause, which could have been edited down with little effort.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Review from Adam Goldston...

When Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera debuted in 1986 one reviewer regarded it as " Masked Balls". Hardly a comment worth going wild about and one that would close a lot of shows within a short time. Thankfully, the public disagreed with the critics and Lloyd- Webber"s play is as timeless now as it was 25 years ago. There are only a few cd's of the score that have been recorded since the days of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. The original cast cd was an exellent performance but due to recording restrictions back then ( mostly the amount of space that could fit a cd/ cassette ) some music was left off of the recording.

The cd that accompanies the 25th year performance includes parts of the score missing from past performances and recordings. A notable inclusion is " I'm here, I'm here, I'm here," when the phantom is taunting the police as they plan his downfall. For me, this is a very welcomed part as it is very thrilling to watch during the live performance. It really ads to the feel that you are a part of the show and not just viewing it. In the US, for years since the 2004 Joel Schumacher film, Raoul's counterpoint line in " Wandering Child" was cut, turning the trio into a duet only. Thankfully it was brought back. There's just something about the three of them singing that adds to the richness of the music that somehow just the duet lacks.

My only quibble is the cd was obviously recorded at the time of the performance instead of in a studio, so there are sound effects through out. I wouldn't let that stop you from purchasing the cd though. Since its a new recording it sounds fresh and crisp. It feels like a brand new show all over again. Not many shows can do that after 25 years. This one can!
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So many extremely loud or extremely soft passages! Wish I had selected another CD.
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I own a couple of CD's of the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack and after seeing the Phantom again in person, I thought I would get another version. This cd was a great purchase. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mary ann coe
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE WORD...
AWESOME!!! I have the video downloaded onto my Nook HD & it's, literally, the audio for that performance. So, if I am in my car on the way to work, etc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Hammel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I wrote a glowing report before, just had to buy another for family. And they enjoyed it as well. Excellent.
Published 3 months ago by Theresa Stansbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recording of the Phantom of the Opera!!!
Because it's my husbands favorite recording of Phantom of the Opera and we love the cd! He was so excited to receive this for our anniversary!
Published 5 months ago by Ashley Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Phantom recording
This is very different than the original phantom recording and in most ways better! It is a live recording at the total Albert hall, so you are going to hear applause. Read more
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