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Andrew Lloyd Webber Divas Cast Recording

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ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER DIVAS is a collection of his best songs performed by a wide range of celebrated actresses and singers, including Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Sarah Brightman, Betty Buckley, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone and more. Many of these featured artists became international stars after recording Lloyd Webber works. This collection pays tribute to the great composer by showcasing the great performers and the songs they made famous. ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER DIVAS is different from the recent European release, and has been created specifically for the U.S. market. The singers have been selected based upon their popularity and high profile with American fans. Released to coincide with Barbra Streisand's highly anticipated national tour!

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This compilation of previously released material gathers the best-known tunes sung by women in Andrew Lloyd Webber's repertoire. Do all the singers here count as divas? A surprisingly high number certainly does. A few offer both outsize personality and outsize pipes: Betty Buckley ("Memory"), Patti LuPone ("Buenos Aires"), Barbra Streisand ("As If We Never Said Goodbye"). Some don't have as much name recognition but still offer blistering readings of famous songs (Yvonne Elliman's vintage version of "I Don't Know How to Love Him," from Jesus Christ Superstar). Others go for nuance, like Marti Webb and her lovely "Tell Me on a Sunday" or Barbara Dickson's "Another Suitcase in Another Hall." And then there are the ones who pull through on sheer bravado: Madonna and her vibrato-laden "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," Glenn Close's harsh "With One Look"--both of them making you long for La LuPone. (In which universe Minnie Driver counts as a diva is anybody's guess.) The overall track selection offers a fairly standard overview of Sir Andrew’s career, though it does include Kiri Te Kanawa's "The Heart Is Slow to Learn," from the aborted sequel to Phantom. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Memory (From Cats) - Betty Buckley
  2. Music Of The Night (From The Phantom Of The Opera) - Katherine Jenkins
  3.  Don't Cry For Me, Argentina (from Evita) - Madonna
  4. All I Ask Of You (From The Phantom Of The Opera) - Shirley Bassey
  5. Surrender (From Sunset Boulevard) - Sarah Brightman
  6. With One Look (from Sunset Boulevard) - Glenn Close
  7. Learn To Be Lonely (From The Phantom Of The Opera) - Minnie Driver
  8. The Perfect Year (From Sunset Boulevard) - Dina Carroll
  9. I Don't Know How To Love Him (From Jesus Christ Superstar) – Yvonne Elliman
  10. Buenos Aires (From Evita) – Patti Lupone
  11. As If We Never Said Goodbye (From Sunset Boulevard) – Barbra Streisand
  12. Rainbow High (From Evita) - Elaine Paige
  13. Tell Me On A Sunday (From Song And Dance) - Marti Webb
  14. The Heart Is Slow To Learn - Kiri Te Kanawa
  15. Another Suitcase Another Hall (From Evita) - Barbara Dickson


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000E1NWXC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For those of us who do not collect Broadway Soundtracks, this compilation can be a good addtion to your CD collection. It features many very well known songs written or co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Broadway stage.

For me this collection is at it's best when it features the "Divas" who also stared in the Broadway productions that these songs came from. Betty Buckley with Memory, Patti Lu Pone with Buenos Aires, and Yvonne Ellerman with I Don't Know How To Love Him, all feature the "Divas" who would actually sing these songs to a live audience night after night.
Yvonne Ellerman deserves a special note here, as she is best known for her Disco hit, If I Can't Have You, yet Broadway is where she got her start with her role as Mary Magdeline in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Pop and Cabaret "Divas" provide their take on these Broadway gems with
All I Ask of You, As If We Never Said Goodbye, and Another Suitcase From Hell, being the best.

An interesting track is The Heart Is Slow To Learn, this is from the Phantom Sequel that as of yet has not made it to the stage (Broadway, or otherwise).

For this reviewer my all time favorite Broadway song is Don't Cry For me Argentina, and why Madonna's read was chosen is beyond me. This timeless song has been recorded by such great vocalists as Karen Carpenter, Donna Summer,and others, not to mention Patti LuPone. This song deserved better representation on this collection.

Ken
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Love him or loathe him, there's no denying Andrew Lloyd Webber's enormous success. Judging from the record-setting London and Broadway musicals he's been writing and producing for four decades, it's easy to figure out that many more people are in love with his work than not. If you want to look at it from another point of view, just take a look at who has performed his Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning songs over the years. Just because they haven't played a part in one of Webber's musicals doesn't mean any one of these fifteen divas didn't want to sing his praises. Most of this disc is comprised of the actual divas who did partake in his extravaganzas, while the others just couldn't resist adding his songs to their famous repertoires. The disc opens with one of the most recognized songs in Broadway and popular history - the dramatic and haunting "Memory," performed lusciously by the Broadway baby who sang her way to a Tony Award for Best Actress from the musical Cats, Betty Buckley. From there, this album is a who's who of the theatre and music world. On one hand, he recruits Shirley Bassey, who ranks as the most successful female recording artist in U.K. history, singing superbly on "All I Ask Of You" from the musical Phantom Of The Opera, while the most successful female recording artist in U.S. history, Barbra Streisand, takes the honors performing a sensational rendition of "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard, as she knocks it out of the ballpark for a grand slam homerun. In between these three musicals, four others are heralded on this disc, including selections from Evita, Aspects Of Love, Song And Dance and Jesus Christ Superstar. The CD is "Phantom," "Sunset" and "Evita" heavy, but that doesn't mean the selections are any less worthy.Read more ›
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I got this CD for my sixteenth birthday, since all my friends know exactly how much I love Andrew Lloyd Webber, especially "Phantom." And before I listened to it I was a little scared, since I'm being trained professionally in voice and am therefore picky when it comes to music. But I wasn't dissapointed at all! Aside from Shirley Bassey's massacre of "All I Ask of You" (she BELTED it... *shudders*) all the singers were amazing, and I loved all the songs. Many of them I did not know before, and already, after having it for a day and a half, if that, I have a good deal of them stuck in my head. "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" really surprised me - I'd heard OF it for years, but never actually heard it, and when I saw that Madonna was singing it, I was skeptical, but she proved me wrong! Katherine Jenkins' version of "The Music of the Night" surprised me as well - it was very well done, if somewhat lacking in the nuances that a male singer can add to it. "Buenos Aires" and "Rainbow High" add a nice balance of upbeat songs into it as well. "The Heart Is Slow To Learn," performed by Kiri Te Kawana, was a tad overly operatic, and sounded exactly like "Un bel di" from Madama Butterfly, but it was pretty.

All in all, this was an excellent CD, and I suggest that if you know anyone who loves Andrew Lloyd Webber (or simply musicals in general) that you get this for THEIR birthday.
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Song No. 14...."The Heart is Slow to Learn" is the reason I got this. The tune was not available anywhere else. I love it beyond measure and it is the only tune on this that I listen to regularly. It should be released by itself on mp3. Kiri Tekanawa is the rapturous voice that draws me in.
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I loved this album..the songs that are sung have taken me back as to when I saw them in the theatre. The only problem I have is when Patti LuPone was not singing ' Don't Cry for me Argentina ' I felt it was a song she created on Broadway and was always destined to sing..that was my only downside..very minor..otherwise I love ' THE DIVA'S '.
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