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Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Highlights from the Original Cast Recording)

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Highlights from the Original Cast Recording)

October 29, 2013
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Label: Ghostlight Records
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  • Total Length: 1:00:45
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  • ASIN: B00G008Z06
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,191 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Steven Valenti on December 31, 2013
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Dave Malloy's "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812" is easily one of the best musical scores of the year. This is my first experience with the composer, but I'm already eagerly waiting to see what he'll do next. This "electro pop opera" based on a small portion of "War and Peace" is, to use the lofty words bandied about with emotional abandon by its nineteenth century Russian characters, completely "intoxicating."

In a way, the term "electro pop" (which I've seen used to describe the show in several places) is both accurate and reductive. This is not your usual "pop opera" in the way that say, "Les Miserables" and other period pop shows, mainly from Europe and from the 1980s, are usually described. There are surely pop sounds and also electronica, used to thrilling effect as the aristocratic Natasha (Phillipa Soo) falls under the erotic spell of the superficial Anatole (Lucas Steele), despite being engaged to Andrey, who remains mainly offstage fighting the French. But there is, just as much I'd say, influences of classical and traditional Broadway, as well as (of course!) Russian folk music. The score is eclectic, surprising, and quite brilliant--as the best musicals are--in illustrating and amplifying the characters' emotions.

Another key element to "Great Comet"s originality are the lyrics. Purists will notice right away the absence of consistent rhyme schemes. Now I would not ordinarily advocate that musical composers shun rhymes, but based on the evidence here, maybe it's not always as important as it seems. Somehow it has enabled Malloy to dig deep into the characters' emotional states in ways that seem truer than you sometimes get when lyricists are trying to cover plot and character and also contrive a perfect rhyme.
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Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is original, accessible and gorgeous. It's a masterpiece of storytelling, folding in several hundred pages of Tolstoy without a stumble. The bland pop-opera style is perfectly suited to the callow flirtations of the early scenes, but when matters become more serious, an ominous disco beat is equally apt. As emotions deepen the music imperceptibly prunes itself. Natasha and Pierre's final scene is rendered with breathtaking simplicity, only to be topped by Pierre's earnest non-proposal of marriage, spoken softly with no musical accompaniment. Warning: these final scenes can bring tears on repeated listening.
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Having seen the show in NYC twice now, I am delighted to write this review. In short, just get it. NAO.

The artistry that these incredible musicians possess is unparalleled. Not only are they incredible singers, but they often play instrumental parts within the context of the show -- bells, accordion, piano, drums, violin... it's amazing! And all in the round to boot!

The score is just divine -- a thrilling mix of classical timbres and modern electronic influences, Russian folk songs and singer-songwriter aesthetic. This is what rock opera can be! I have never been so overjoyed to hear chromatic scales and halfstep harmonies (executed with sniper-like precision).

If you can't see the show live, I am deeply sorry. Crank up this album in a dimly lit room and drink a shot of vodka every time someone sings "Natasha".
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Saw this show in NYC and we were thoroughly entertained. I had no idea what to expect. Loved the music including the concert in Bryant Park on YOUTUBE. I was very excited to finally get my CD!!!
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There is a reason Ben Brantley and Isherwood listed Natasha in their top theater picks of the year. I listed to this CD over and over again. Very creative and great voices!
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The recording captures the wild joy of this very fun romp. I saw the production in downtown NYC in a "pop-up" theater. It's a largely excellent score, and it manages to capture the energy of its youthful cast, who were uniformly excellent.
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By WK on December 27, 2013
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Very powerful , joyful and beautiful . I'm enjoin it and will buy another disk for my friends. Highly recommend .
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An electro-popera that deals with love, faith, and the loss of innocence with phenomenal performances. Great to listen to even without seeing as it's one of those musical in which everything is sung. Totally recommended.
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