The Pirate Queen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

July 3, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
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  • Total Length: 1:14:18
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  • ASIN: B00157PLU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,145 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Stephanie J. Block and Hadley Fraser are spellbinding.
Emilton Cardona Jr.
Celtic melodies are built on the Pentatonic Scale, but all the songs use modern scales and melodic intonations.
Merry Merryn
Anyone who loves musicals at all will enjoy this music.
MagikMelody

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Steven Valenti on July 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Since the ill-fated "Martin Guerre" in the 90's, I've been waiting for Boublil and Schonberg to make a comeback and recapture some of the glory they achieved with their blockbuster 80's musicals, "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon." Unfortunately, "The Pirate Queen" is more throwback than comeback. Despite some Irish folk stylings thrown in to fit this story about an Irish female pirate, the music is just too similar to their earlier works, never sounding sufficiently new or original. It's derivative, no question, but fortunately, it's derivative of shows I really like (well, not "Martin Guerre" so much, but I'm certainly a fan of "Les Miz" and "Saigon."). Schonberg has a talent for unabashed dramatics, and when he turns it on here in songs like "I'll Be There" and "A Day Beyond Belclare," I can't help but get lost in my nostalgia for the pop opera spectacles that introduced me to musicals and cast recordings. Unfortunately, even nostalgia can't do much about duds like "Boys'll Be Boys," a gratingly corny number that musically is sort of a cross between "Master of the House" from "Les Miz" and "What a Waste" from "Saigon." And don't even get me started on the depressingly banal lyrics throughout, which are never more than functional. But I like the performances of stars Stephanie J. Block and Hadley Fraser, who both have impressive voices that are a perfect fit for this style of musical. Overall, "The Pirate Queen" is the musical equivalent of a summer popcorn movie ("Pirates of the Carribean," perhaps?), and on that level, it works just well enough.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Whittington VINE VOICE on July 16, 2007
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The songs in this album were just not that great. The lyrics were not very singable (and indeed some of them didn't even scan properly.) The music also suffered quite a bit from a lack of Irish instrumntation. Most of the music seemed to be just standard, cookie cutter Broadway show tunes and not very memorable ones at that.

The cast did very well, though, considering the poor material it had to work with

All in all, it looks like this play was a lost opportunity. The story of Grace O'Malley is a compelling one and deserves to be told better than it was here.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Nichols on July 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing Pirate Queen both in Chicago 2006 and on Broadway in 2007. While I was disappointed that the cast album is only one CD long instead of two, I was quite surprised by the high quality of the recording and the amount of music packed onto the disc (25 tracks). This is a must-own for any fan of musical theatre, and the most exciting new musical to open in the past several years.

As a musician, I enjoy the chance to hear Schoenberg's musical style evolve through the years, starting with his solo French pop album, his first musical, La Revolution Francaise, and then the big three, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and Martin Guerre. Pirate Queen is a worthy addition to that impressive body of work. As I listen to PQ, I enjoy hearing moments where a little feature of his style reminds me of one of those other pieces. But I can also hear how his writing has evolved; PQ is full of action, but it's imbued in placed with a subtle hint of melancholy that rivals the most touching moments of the other big three shows (much of this is due to the use of a flatted 6th scale degree, which is a recurring musical motif of the show). I'll mention a few key points here:

1. Overture: much as in Miss Saigon, here local color is added to the score through various Irish instruments. The overture sounds very Irish, yet still evocative of the original slow introduction of Martin Guerre (London version).

2. Entracte: it's all instrumental, and when I saw it in the theatre audience members were sometimes talking over it, but this is the most exciting music in the score. It's in 5/4 time, with plenty of 4/4 and 2/4 measures thrown in to keep it sounding on-edge. Wild, tempestuous music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Kennedy on September 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"The Pirate Queen" - the Broadway show which premiered with success in Chicago, but then was gone all too soon, months later, from New York, was a fantastic treat of lush melodies, elaborate costumes, and remarkable vocals, including that of Stephanie J. Block, Hadley Fraser, Marcus Chait, Linda Balgord, Jeff McCarthy, William Youmans and others. This show was too wonderful to have been closed down so soon! Now the stirring melodies and glorious Celtic dances can no longer be enjoyed visually. Thank goodness, then, that the CD finally came out! It is spectacular! Thank goodness we can still enjoy the most vibrant part of the show, the brilliant musical score brought to us by renown team, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, who gifted those of us who adore musical theater with Broadway shows, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. After listening to the CD I purchased from Amazon.com, I later ordered 5 more CDs to give as gifts, not only because they will be excellent gifts, but also to show my admiration and support for the show itself, and those who toiled to create it and perform it.

Musically, I believe it is similar to Les Mis, as opposed to Miss Saigon (my personal favorite!), packed with gorgeous melodies and striking vocals, mixed with episodic comic relief. The Celtic tone of the entire work is such a fresh sound for a musical - attaining an upbeat Irish musicality whereby one can hear the dancers and simply imagine them doing the energetic Riverdance. The overture alone is breathtaking. For some, who may not have the time or inkling to listen to the full score in one sitting, the music is conveniently packaged in one disc, which allows for easy skipping straight to your favorite songs. Of course, I prefer to listen to the score in full.
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