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Lloyd Webber, Maazel
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
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All Artists: Lloyd Webber, Maazel
Title: Variations
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Instruments, Strings, Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 076731108926

CD Reviews

Funky variations for Cello and Rock Band
Gontroppo | Bathurst, NSW Australia | 06/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is a crime that this CD is not generally available, as it is one of Lloyd-Webber's best works. It features terrific performances from Julian Lloyd-Webber on cello, Gary Moore on guitar, Barbara Dickson on saxophone and alto flute, and Don Airey and Rod Argent on keyboards, Jon Hiseman, percussion, as well as cameo appearances from Andrew Lloyd-Webber on synth and Phil Collins on drums.It begins as a set of variations on the famous Paganini 24th Caprice in A minor, but eventually becomes a set of great tunes, which do not obviously relate to the original tune, though they do have affinity with one another.Some of the band also existed as a group called Coliseum for a short time, which you may also want to investigate.Barbara Dickson and husband, Jon Hiseman were the two musicians who created the music for the first few "Touch of Frost" series, including the theme music.If you don't really dig Lloyd-Webber's musicals and operas, you may be pleasantly surprised by this enjoyable work.I think those who are already fans of Phantom of the Opera would enjoy this work, but bear in mind that it is entirely instrumental. It is closer to the music in Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph than later A L-W. ...Stand out tracks:
The first 2, based on the A minor Caprice.
The lovely tune shared by alto flute and cello in Track 3.
Track 10 has some groovy guitar and bass unison playing.
The last 2 tracks feature a terrific piano piece and a sizzling cello finale, in which the cello plays through most of its range.Highly recommended."
The most beautiful thing ever written!
Hope Abramson | Monmouth, Oregon United States | 09/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've loved this recording ever since the first time I heard it on Christmas Eve years ago. It may not have words, but I've always been able to see the story of a princess falling in love. The instruments are played so well, that it's easy to feel the emotion of each song. It's able to transport you to a world more real than you could ever visit by watching a movie. Everyone will see something different, making it special, and unique to everyone.
I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I do!"
The best of both worlds
L. Olano | 02/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best melding of rock and classical that I have ever heard. Unlike some modern attempts this never seems forced. The performances are fantastic. I can honestly say that it does not get old even after years of listening.

I was lucky enough to grow up with this album on vinyl and happy to find it on cd years later. Its worth the price of an import."