The Phantom of the Opera (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Andrew Lloyd Webber
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The soundtrack is a first-class citizen; the Phantom doesn't cut it vocally
First: There's an extended 2-disc set of this album floating around. It's the literal movie soundtrack - the entire 90-minute film but with your eyes closed (and some sound effects omitted). Dialogue and all. With this cut, there's less "filler" music between songs and it's overall tightened up. Listening to this, then, it becomes apparent that they didn't make a film. They made a film and a soundtrack. This soundtrack is a first-class citizen, unlike the original cast recording of the musical (which is, of course, secondary to the musical). Just by dint of not being an afterthought, it's a worthwhile listen. Christine (Emmy Rossum) has a great voice and she's well-cast. She's not as "pure" a soprano as Sarah Brightman and therefore much more suited to the grimy land of film. She's a pleasure to listen to, she has a great range, and she makes it sound so easy. Raoul (Patrick Wilson) sounds good too. He's a good match to Christine and he holds his own. However, the Phantom (Gerard Butler) doesn't cut it vocally. For those who haven't seen the film, let me assure you that he's an awesome actor. The Phantom is a big acting role and if it's not done right, there's a huge gap. Gerard Butler fills it nicely. The problem is that, by definition, the Phantom needs the greatest voice in the cast. Not only is he the Angel of Music who teaches Christine her craft, he needs an incredible voice to make us love him, to tug our emotions apart, since we're otherwise supposed to hate him. He has his vocal moments, and it's not a lost cause. But it's a blip. And fortunately for us Aussies, there's a simple solution: see Anthony Warlow in the 2007-08 Australian production. I will.
oh my gosh! we watched this in class at first i'm like....opera?!...but then i watched it and was well.....i love the phantoms voice its SO POWERFUL! but yet so cool n gentle! BUY THE ALBUM!!! the mirror(angel of music) is a great song so is "The point of no return!" <its a very powerful song
I am totally obsessed this this movie! i watch it and skip all the acting and listen to the songs. the mirror (angel of music) is a totally awsome song and so is music of the night (even though the phantom is a freaky stalker) This album rocks!!!
Born: 22 March 1948 in London, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s