Beauty And The Beast (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [2 CD][Deluxe Edition]
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The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle s father; Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Audra McDonald as Madame De Garderobe, the wardrobe; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast is written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky and Bill Condon and produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
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As a huge musical theatre fan, I don’t believe it is fair or realistic to expect that a revival or touring production sound exactly like the original company, nor is it fair to compare the vocalists that followed in the various theatre companies over the years to the likes of Jerry Orbach, Richard White, and Angela Lansbury. Therefore, in judging this cast on its own merits, I find that they, as a whole, while not quite as excellent as the 1991 film, are certainly worth a listen.
I won’t go into minute detail about every little change and tweak to the lyrics and the score, but I will say that Alan Menken has given a fresh sound to his 26-year-old work that fans new and old can enjoy, including a gorgeous, golden-age-of-Broadway-sounding overture that ties everything together. It’s also nice to hear some old-is-new unused lyrics by the brilliant Howard Ashman. The three new songs with lyrics by Tim Rice lack the punch and panache of those he wrote with Ashman, though the Beast’s aria “Evermore” comes close, whether sung by Dan Stevens in the film or over the credits by Josh Groban, and has been on repeat ever since I got the CD.
As to the quality of the vocalists, most of them, most notably Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Audra McDonald, and Emma Thompson, have stage experience, and it shows in their performances. Even those who haven’t sung professionally before like Emma Watson and Dan Stevens have surprisingly good voices, and do justice to the music while giving their own takes on their characters rather than merely copying from the original. That being said, as mainly film actors, they all take an actor’s approach to the songs, and act-first-sing-later on some passages a la Rex Harrison or the cast from the 2012 film version of Les Miserables, which is enhanced by the fact that the recordings are a combination of studio and live-recorded vocals. As a film musical, this isn't entirely a bad thing.
I find it laughable the complaints that people are expressing about the singing of some of the cast, particularly the “autotuning” of Emma Watson’s voice. As a singer myself, I’m familiar with a vocal technique that involves keeping the voice in the mask or nose of the face to produce a bright, open sound and allow the singer’s vocal range to remain as large as possible. This does result in a more nasally sound, which I can hear in Emma Watson’s voice and Josh Gad’s, but it is NOT from Autotuning! Emma’s voice, while light, does have more of a pop edge than Paige O'Hara's in the original film, but it isn’t dreadful as other reviews will have you believe. For a young girl without years of singing experience behind her, she does wonderfully.
All in all, this soundtrack has made me even more excited for the upcoming film. While I still prefer the original film’s cast, this fresh take is a worthy and enjoyable effort.
As I'm writing this review, I haven't yet seen the movie so I can't comment on how the music fits in with the movie. I can only write about the soundtrack itself. That being said, I love this soundtrack, even though it's different from the soundtrack for the animated movie. Alan Menken, composer for some of the songs in the animated version, is back and has composed a beautiful score, which I've listened to a number of times since receiving this. I think the easiest way to enjoy this soundtrack for what it is, is to expect that it's going to sound different from the animated movie's soundtrack, which is what I tried my best to do.
The deluxe edition contains two discs full of music. Disc one consists of 19 songs by various artists plus 5 demo songs by Alan Menken. Disc two has 28 songs that make up the score. The songs on disc one are entertaining and a joy to listen to. I really enjoy the song "Belle" performed by Emma Watson, Luke Evans and the rest of the villagers of Belle's provincial French town. I don't think singing is one of Emma Watson's specialties but I still feel she did a good job singing for this movie. I also like "Be Our Guest," "Something There," "Beauty and the Beast," "Evermore," and "How Does a Moment Last Forever." While listening to the song "Beauty and the Beast" performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend, it's hard not to compare it to the version sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson from the animated movie. I like this version and it's beautiful in its own way. I love that Celine Dion has returned to beautifully sing "How Does a Moment Last Forever" and Josh Groban's powerful voice is amazing in "Evermore."
The score is definitely my favorite part of this soundtrack! I love the instrumentals and could listen to them all day, when we aren't listening to Moana, that is. Some of the songs also sound like beautiful French music, which is appropriate considering the movie is set in France.
Overall, I'm very impressed with how beautiful this soundtrack is. It's a beautiful masterpiece and it makes me even more excited to see the movie! If you purchase the audio CD version, the music is on two separate discs and the booklet contains the lyrics for all of the songs. The one thing I was disappointed in is that there wasn't auto-rip for the CD version so keep that in mind when you are purchasing this soundtrack. Luckily, we still have a couple CD players around. If you love instrumental music in addition to the songs, I highly recommend this deluxe edition. I haven't even seen the movie yet and I'm beyond excited to see it, just from listening to the music!