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Disney's Der Gloeckner Von Notre Dame (1999 German Stage Version) Cast Recording, Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Import
  • Label: Stell
  • ASIN: B00002DFMR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Wow! Contrary to popular opinion, I always believed that "Hunchback" was one of Disney's finest soundtracks. Sure, the songs weren't as catchy as Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King, but the score was so rich and had such a dark, medieval edge to it, it sent shivers up the spine.
Now Disney's richest score has just got richer! Thanks to a 50 piece orchestra, the sound from this stage production is phenomenal! All of the old songs have been improved and added upon except for "Court of Miracles," the only song I DIDN'T like from the movie, which has been trashed - yippee!) and the new songs are all fitting as well. In particular, I love the "Hoch Uber Der Welt" song ("Top of the World") and the Act I finale, "Esmeralda."
Menken has done it again! If you even half enjoyed the music to the Hunchback movie, you must own this! Now we just have to wait for an English version so that we can understand what on Earth these people are singing! (It's not that bad, most of the time you can guess) As it is currently though, I'm learning quite a bit of German from it.
The whole tone of the show seems much darker than the movie. The gargoyles are more than just comic relief - in fact, I'm not sure if they're comic relief at all anymore.
And the ending! In the movie, where Esmeralda died, and... came back to life... followed by when Frollo... fell... off of the cathedral... the stage show has Esmeralda STAYING dead (the music is beautifully tragic) and Quasimodo going beserk and hurling Frollo from the tower, just like in the book! Thus, the stage show has a much darker, gloomier ending than the movie, which works wonders! It fits the tone of the story much better! I'm just stunned by this C.D.
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I can't express how much I love this special soundtrack. I even burnt 2 copies just to avoid overusing the original. And I absolutely think the price is more than appropriate for this astounding classic. Anyway, here's my review:

The Bells of Notre Dame(Die Glocken Notre Dames) *****
- This piece was amazing to begin with and, with the extended dialogue, still remains perfect. The choir is very powerful.

Sanctuary(Zuflucht) ***
- An extended version of Frollo's part in Outhere. The lyrics are amazing and the melody is equally astounding (the gargoyles are a welcome addition, too) but there's a minor piece in the melody that oddly sounds 'happy' in contrast to the rest. Just a minor quip, though.

Out There(Draussen) *****
- Identical in every way to the original. Still excellent.

Rest And Recreation(Ein Bisschen Freude) ***
- Phoebus' theme now with sharp and witty lyrics! Fits perfectly for his character and fairly catchy, especially the end. Sadly, its a bit short.

Balancing Act(Tanz Auf Dem Seil) ****
- Intersting at first, but it grows on you. The intgration of Esmeralda's theme is seamsless and adds an amazing touch. Once again, the choral ending and the chorus is the highlight.

Topsy Turvy(Drunter Druber) ****
- The biggest improvement among the original songs! The addition of Quasimodod's 'Outhere' and the new ethnicized dance theme of Esmeralda are fantastic and the whole song now feels more upbeat and alive.

God Help The Outcasts(Helf Den Verstoss'nen) *****
- Minor additions, notably Quasimodo's duet with Esmeralda in the middle. Otherwise, identical to the original.

Top Of The World(Hoch Uber Der Welt) ****
- A great new song for Esmeralda and the Gargoyles.
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If I could give this album ten stars I would. Starting with the bias that "Hunchback" is my favorite Disney film which my wife and I saw many times in the theater years ago, I was expecting the best. We had pre-purchased the soundtrack to the film back in 1996 before seeing the film and loved Menken's score immediately. How it was overlooked for the Oscar then was a joke. I assume the string of victories was getting tedious to Academy voters who have since snubbed Menken for a variety of great scores. Like others, we were holding out hope that the German stage production would be brought to the US eventually but that only now appears ready to materialize in the next couple years. The score itself here is not only true in every sense to the original film score with amazing vocals and instrumentation, but the added songs and extension of existing songs from the film are astounding. All the main characters are so much more fleshed out in music here including Phoebus who is basically non-musical in the film. While some songs are a direct replication of the film, most involve more use of character melodies like "Out There" or "Esmeralda" which interweave the score. What was already Menken's greatest score is even greater here and if you don't speak German have no worries it will captivate you nonetheless. Here is to hoping when this gets to Broadway that most of this score is intact and Menken & Schwarz get the long overdue recognition for this brilliant music. I should add I probably paid as much for this individual CD as I have ever paid for a CD and consider still the best bargain I have made on Amazon, even having to wait nearly three weeks for its delivery from Germany.
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