Les Misérables Live! (The 2010 Cast Album) [Music from the Musical]
Les Misérables 2010 Cast
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This is definitely my favourite recording of the show!
Wonderful, saw it live and this is the best cast performance l have heard
The best cast in a long time
This is a fresh and lively recording made all the more energised due to the fact that it was recorded live.
Owning most recordings of Les Miserables around I must admit to favouring this version, especially finally having John Owen Jones captured in one of the finest interpretations of Jean Valjean since Colm Wilkinson and Peter Karrie, His voice captures every emotion and has you hanging off his every word.
Also Earl Carpenter as Javert has finally convinced me that Phillip Quast can be at least equalled. His pleasing baritone voice and his understated but no less engaging characterisation makes him an equal to JOJ and helps create a strong backbone to the show and the ensamble.
Now living in Australia I am no longer able to pop to the West End to see the production live (having seen it 50 times to date) and am content that with this recording I have the next best thing.
As a PS! I am pleasantly amazed at Gareth Gates as Marius. Not being a fan of pop stars in musicals and the disaster that was Nick Jonas at the 25th Anniv. concert I was sceptical but had i been at the theatre he would have warrented a standing ovation from me.