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Songs From Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera, With Bonus Songs From Sunset Boulevard (1993 Studio Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
This 1993 recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera is an interesting item. It stars Claire Moore, who took over the Christine role from Sarah Brightman in the London production, and Ethan Freeman, who played... more »
This 1993 recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera is an interesting item. It stars Claire Moore, who took over the Christine role from Sarah Brightman in the London production, and Ethan Freeman, who played the title role in Vienna in 1988, joined the London cast as M. Andre in 1991, then took over as the Phantom in 1994 and played opposite Moore for a time. Popular Scottish singer John Barrowman plays Raoul, a role he has played on stage. It's a good recording for fans of the singers, especially after having seen them in a live production, but it's not as useful for a general listening experience. Moore's voice is heavier and more operatic than we're used to for Christine (and she has a slight lisp), and there's only 44 minutes of Phantom songs. More enjoyable are the four bonus songs from Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, featuring Kim Criswell, Graham Bickley, and Catherine Porter ("With One Look," the title tune, "As if We Never Said Goodbye," and "Too Much in Love to Care." --David Horiuchi
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A great recording of ''Phantom''
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 07/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This studio-cast album of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA features a brilliant cast, accompanied by the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Owen Jones as well as the National Symphony under the direction of Martin Yates.Claire Moore gives a thrilling performance as Christine. Moore was the first replacement for Sarah Brightman in the London production, where she played opposite the Phantom's of both Michael Crawford and Ethan Freeman. Moore is especially wonderful in "Think of Me" and "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again", and her erotically-charged duet with Graham Bickley (as the Phantom) in "The Point of No Return" is another highlight.John Barrowman's beautiful voice is well-suited to the role of Christine's dashing suitor Raoul. His duet with Claire Moore in "All I Ask of You" is heartbreaking.Rounding out the cast are Gay Soper as Madame Giry, Megan Kelly as Meg, Sandra Dugdale as Carlotta, Mark Wynter as Andre, Michael Bauer as Firmin and Ramon Remedios as Piangi.A good recording for completists and Claire Moore fans."
Far exceeds Michael and Sarah
Taylor Matthews | Florida | 12/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...and that's saying something. I was a die-hard Crawford/Brightman fan until I heard this. Claire Moore showed me what true passion and strength is (Sarah's voice tends to lean toward cottony and light, losing much of that passion that's needed for these remarkable songs), and Barrowman knocked me off my feet with his voice. I thought Crawford was fantastic, but Barrowman is just phenomenal.
I especially like the lilting British intonations. :D"