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South Pacific (Royal National Theatre Production - 2001 London Cast) [Import, Soundtrack]

Richard Rodgers , Philip Quast , Lauren Kennedy Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Philip Quast, Lauren Kennedy
  • Composer: Richard Rodgers
  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: First Night Records
  • ASIN: B000063CKY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Bloody Mary
3. There Is Nothin' Like a Dame
4. Bali Ha'i
5. Cock-eyed Optimist
6. Twin Soliloquies
7. Unspoken Thoughts
8. Some Enchanted Evening
9. Dites-Moi
10. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
11. Reprise: Some Enchanted Evening
12. A Wonderful Guy
13. French Reprise of Bali Ha'i
14. Younger Than Springtime
15. This is How it Feels
16. Act 1. Finale
17. Act 2. Opening
18. Happy Talk
19. Honey Bun
20. My Girl Back Home
See all 27 tracks on this disc

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Doesn't Get Any Better Than This! April 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This 67 minute recording of "South Pacific" is of the London Royal National Theatre production which ran from 12 December 2001 to 27 April 2002 in the Olivier Theatre.
And if you've already got six recordings of the score sitting on your shelf (1949 OBC - Martin & Pinza; 1958 OFST - Gaynor & Tozzi; 1986 Studio - Kanewa & Carreras; 1988 London Revival Cast - Craven & Belcourt; 1997 Complete Studio - O'Hara & Diaz; 2001 TVST - Close & Connick Jr.) you could be asking why you need a seventh.
Well if you were lucky enough to actually see the stunning RNT production you will know that there are at least two good reasons for buying this one: Lauren Kennedy and Philip Quast. Lauren is simply her loveable, sparkling, effervescent self playing Nellie Forbush, singing and acting the part so naturally and to utter perfection - an absolute joy to listen to. As Emile de Becque, Philip produces another wonderful performance as we have come to expect following "Les Miserables" and "The Secret Garden" - as one newspaper critic said, 'he has a superb baritone which he uses like a master'. But everyone shines here: Sheila Francisco as Bloody Mary, Nick Holder as Luther Billis and John Shrapnel as Captain Brackett in particular.
And there's more. Director Trevor Nunn, Matthew Bourne and their team have given the work a subtle overhaul - the 'in/out' number "My Girl Back Home" is most definitely in, and is beautifully sung by Lauren and Edward Baker Duly as Lt. Cable, and for the very first time a lost vocal version (duet for Emile and Lt. Cable) of the "Operation Alligator" music (featured on the 1997 Studio Recording) is also included, entitled "Now Is The Time".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands easily in two worlds April 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Could hardly disagree more with the previous review (sorry, A Music Fan !)
Well, I definitely agree that Philip Quast is spectacular in this cast. He achieves a convincing, gentle French accent without once being caricatured, and strikes a wonderful balance between shy charm and determination in a time of need.
But that's where we part in opinion. I liked this CD, a lot ! The overall recording captures well both the ingenuousness and desperation of a time when the US's world was being jolted shockingly out of its innocence. And Trevor Nunn's liner notes point out the value of the text and score's optimistic stance to a world this side of the attack on the WTC.
Simply, the cast and production are great. The orchestrations are rich and clear, and lush where they need to be. Lauren Kennedy has a great voice and makes a spunky, feisty and fallible Nellie Forbush; Sheila Francisco is quite moving, and captures well the pluck and learned opportunism of Bloody Mary; and Edward Baker-Duly soars as Joseph Cable.
Strongly recommended. For me, the most satisfying recording of South Pacific I've yet heard.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!! June 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When searching for recordings of South Pacific, I first got the Original Broadway Cast with Mary Martin and Ezio Panza. While the two are outstanding, the recording itself is wornout, fuzzy, and limp. I next bought the 2-disc 1997 Studio Cast recording, which is complete and expertly done. I thought that was enough, untill I heard the rave reviews over this recording. It indeed surpasses every expectation. The book is restructured to make the story flow better and become much more powerful. And this comes out on the recording. The two added songs, cut from the original, "My Girl Back Home" and the superb "Now is the Time", make the recording priceless. But the shining glory of the CD has to be Philip Quast and the fresh invigorating Lauren Kennedy. Lauren has turned the already amazing, complex, and just plain fun Character of Nellie into a fresh new woman filled with spirit and joy beyond belief. No matter how many recordings of South Pacific you have, no matter how many times you've been in or seen the show, this recording will bring you to a new perspective on an newly amazing masterpiece of musical theatre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE ***KNOCKOUT*** OF A PRODUCTION!!! April 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've grown up with, loved and completely memorized SOUTH PACIFIC's Original Broadway Cast 78 RPM Master Recording ... ah, but I've always secretly yearned for a magnificently full-spectrum frequency, high fidelity recording-- the cast of which would also capture the complexly layered performances, and profound spirit of the original cast's performance.

This Royal National Theatre production more than satisfied my lifelong yearning, both for a superbly orchestrated, sound-spaced and balanced digital recording-- and a UK cast that brilliantly interprets World War II Americans more perceptively than born Americans ever could.

Each singing voice is wonderfully cast, and they are drop-dead superb, both technically and charactologically. Lauren Kennedy's Nellie Forbush is hilariously and heartbreakingly panoramic, and Philip Quast's Emile de Becque is richly, warmly stunning. The balance of the cast ranks equally-- tight, precise and panoramic.

And the digital recording accomplishes something extraordinarily powerful which has never been captured before: the acoustic vastness of the show's setting and plot. The singers are very realistically audiotronically embedded within the consistent context of an infinity soundscape, which stretches off "beyond the horizon" both channel left and right. Within this soundscape, the charactars' voices effortlessly track and move precisely as they did onstage, in performance-- a complex technical demon of detail that places you, the listener, right onstage with the cast. And when that huge audience of sound-cued GI's suddenly starts whooping and whistling, ***you are there.*** The hair on the back of my neck, and arms goosebumped up, the effect was so sudden, and so powerful.

An absolute knockout of a production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars South Pacific excellence
Love this CD! Philip Quast is just amazing! I bought this because I think his rendition of Javert in Les Mis was one of the best ever, and am not disappointed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bonnie Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!!!!
I got it because Philip Quast was one of the casts here! His voice is FANTASTIC!!!! I am fall in love with his voice~~~~
Published 14 months ago by chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Two words: Philip Quast
I was sceptical about this to begin with....all those heavily-aria-ed old standards which have been done to death. What could there be that is fresh?
Well.... Read more
Published 22 months ago by littleboot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cast for a Classic Musical!
I've got two words that will make you want to buy this: PHILIP QUAST! He's the reason why I bought this version of South Pacific, and it was a great decision! Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Phanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack!
I got this as a present for my Dad for his birthday. He loves listening to music by the lead male. Good buy!
Published on May 27, 2010 by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Philip Quast is amazing
Philip Quast is possibly the greatest actor working today. His smooth voice and on point acting make this a treasure to listen to. Read more
Published on June 22, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars buy another version
This is a recording of the very disappointing recent London production. The singing is smooth but lacks depth and, as can be heard in the dialogue sections, the interpretations... Read more
Published on October 14, 2002
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