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The Secret Garden [Import, Cast Recording]

Secret Garden Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Cast Recording
  • Label: First Night Records
  • ASIN: B00005BCD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act 1. Prologue. Journey from India to Yorkshire
2. Act 1. A Fine White Horse
3. Act 1. Garden Suite I
4. Act 1. A Girl in the Valley
5. Act 1. The Girl I Mean to Be
6. Act 1. Winter's on the Wing
7. Act 1. A Bit of Earth
8. Act 1. The Storm
9. Act 1. Round Shouldered Man
10. Act 2. Lily's Eyes
11. Act 2. Race You to the Top of the Morning
12. Act 2. Wick
13. Act 2. Come to My Garden
14. Act 2. Garden Suite
15. Act 2. A Bit of Earth (Reprise)
16. Act 2. Hold On
17. Act 2. The Letter Song
18. Act 2. Where in the World
19. Act 2. How Could I Ever Know
20. Act 2. Spring Music
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Changes From Broadway Lose the Show's Identity July 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are good arguments for whether the London recording of this show is worse or better than it's Broadway counterpart. But it all comes down to what works best for you. Because these are two very, very different shows.
The basic plot, music and characters are the same, but the style and tone of the two recordings are polar opposites. Broadway presents us with a much more mature and spiritual look, and a less faithful adaptation. It is more haunting, serious and has a stronger impact when you reach the end. It's a more stirring version, because it dares to take liberties with the book. This helps to create the musical as its own story, more than a copy.
The London version has been changed to be closer to the book. While it still retains parts of the Lily/Archibald story, but it has lost it's prominance. This is a musical version of the book, and doesn't really rise above that at all. It doesn't bring any truly new elements but only partial ones. It's still fantastic music and very well performed, but the powerful identity is lost.
Performance wise, you could make your case either way. Someone who detests Mandy Patinkin would have trouble with Broadway, and Phillip Quast is of course excellent. But Quast is better as Javert, a role where he is forceful. He lacks the innocence and vulnerability that is a part of Archie's character. He is simply too strong for the role. Mary is owned by Daisy Eagen, and while London's Mary is decidedly more British, she simply cannot carry the show the way Eagen did.
And there's no argument that Lily here is simply por. Rebecca Luker gave a stunning performance, where London's Lily sounds about 15 and doesn't work well at all. But her role is decidedly less important, so it's a trade-off as well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quast is great November 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
EDIT: It seems like they've corrected the track listing over the years, so I revised the title.

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Original review:

The track listing above is for the Original Broadway Recording, not this version. One of the major differences between the 2 versions, besides the different cast and song rewrites, is the track order. Simon & Norman made changes there to tell the story a different way. Here is the actual track listing:

1. Prologue: Journey From India To Yorkshire
2. A Fine White Horse
3. Garden Suite 1
4. A Girl In The Valley
5. The Girl I Mean To Be
6. Winter's On The Wing
7. A Bit Of Earth

8. The Storm
9. Round Shouldered Man
10. Lily's Eyes
11. Race You To The Top Of The Morning
12. Wick
13. Come To My Garden
14. Garden Suite 2
15. A Bit Of Earth (Reprise)
16. Hold On
17. The Letter Song
18. Where In The World
19. How Could I Ever Know
20. Spring Music
21. Come To My Garden (Reprise)

My review of the disc: I am not a fan of the changes made to the original. I like Philip Quast's portrayal of Archie -- he feels more accessible than Patinkin (whom I admire, but in this version Quast moves me more) -- 'Where in the World' is stunning with Quast. Lily is an inappropriate voice here -- perhaps I am too enamored with Rebecca Luker's floating voice -- a belting Lily just feels wrong to me. The song tweaks and re-ordering may make the story more accessible to British audiences, but the reduction of the Dreamers presence moves the story to a different location -- very external rather than hints of internal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Broadway February 16, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I must respectfully disagree with one of the above reviewers and say that this is the best recording of this marvelous show to date.
When Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman brought their musical "The Secret Garden" (which was written and originally premiered in America) to London, they *knew* they had to rework the story. Why? The American version of "The Secret Garden" strayed too far from the book upon which it was based, and in England, the book is considered a national treasure, the way we view, say, Tom Sawyer and the like.
They felt that audiences on the other side of the pond would not appreciate the meddling with the story, so they decided to change their work. This also allowed them to clean up a lot of the overwrought emotionality of the American version (which was something Marsha Norman (book and lyrics) was very keen to do).
They eliminated the ghosts (the play refers to them as "the dreamers" -- ostensibly people who died of cholera in India), which brought the vision of the musical much closer to what Norman and Simon had originally intended (according to an interview with the authors in the London program of the show, the idea of the "dreamers" was a suggestion made by producers in America who were unhappy with the idea of portraying "servants" on stage). However, Mary's parents, Albert and Rose (the lone holdovers from the original set of "dreamers") make an appearance here to sing a song along with Lily.
Some superfluous musical numbers were cut, many songs were expanded, and the song order jockeyed around a bit (i.e., "The Girl I Mean to Be" is now the song Mary sings to the Robin, instead of "Show Me the Key").
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Recording of the show.
The Original Broadway Cast is wonderful -- the performances clear and sharp; the score brooding and well-played. (DIckon is amazing!) But the singing here is almost better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars a biased review by a fan of Meredith Braun
An excellent recording of the perfect Meredith Braun, with a photo of Meredith as Lily. Philip Quast also made a good Archibald.
Published on August 13, 2012 by Outsatiable
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!
Philip Quast makes this worth buying!!! It's a fantastic little musical that is very quaint and has memorable songs such as "Lily's Eyes" and "Race You to the Top of the Morning. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Phanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Where in the World
I learned of this show from the Philip Quast website and bought the CD to hear him, but instantly fell in love with the whole score. Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by C. G. King
5.0 out of 5 stars For any Philip Quast fan, you simply must check out this CD
Or at least, the songs that feature him.

A Girl in the Valley
A Bit of Earth
Lily's Eyes
Where in the World
How Could I Ever Know? Read more
Published on February 18, 2011 by Lady Javert
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh I Can Tell If A Thing Is Wick!
I had the privilege of preforming in The Secret Garden in my high school in March of 2008! I must say this is the most amazing musical I have ever been part of! Read more
Published on January 25, 2009 by Jane F. Nester
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the broadway version
If Dickon's vocal inflections was a steak, it would even be too overdone for my dog to eat. Mary seems to follow suit in her duets with Dickon, but produces well when she is paired... Read more
Published on December 10, 2008 by R. Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Cast
I am very familiar with three different casts for Lucy Simon's "Secret Garden", the Original Broadway Cast, with Daisy Eagan and Patinkin; the Aussie Cast, with Anthony Warlow and... Read more
Published on November 11, 2008 by Jennifer L. Tilden
1.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garden
This is not the one I had hoped to get. I had a Secret Garden cassette years ago that I have misplaced and was hoping this was it. It was not.
So... Read more
Published on October 2, 2007 by Judith C. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Did nothing for me
A friend lent me this recording of "The Secret Garden," and I have to say I was very underwhelmed. Phillip Quast, who I loved on the "Les Miserables" Symphonic Recording, just... Read more
Published on July 24, 2007 by rko281
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