Les Misérables Live! (The 2010 Cast Album)
Les Misérables Live! The 2010 Cast
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Really, Really, good, but missing one thing...
This is an awesome cd from an amazing book and play. I just saw this and it was incredible. Just one quick question where is Nick Jonas' recording? He was really good and I want to buy it, but I don't see it listed.
First, a quick note: do your research. Instead of griping about "where's Nick Jonas?" and giving the album 2 stars, note that this is the 25th Anniversary TOURING CAST and not the cast of the 25th anniversary CONCERT at the O2 (the one with Jonas, if you want him so bad.)
Rant over. Now the review.
The new orchestrations of “Les Miserables” are stunning. The Prologue attains a new aggressiveness that it never quite had before – and is a most excellent, raw punch of a beginning. Strings are more emphasized through Act I, and the brass during the barricades of Act II. Some songs are sped up, most notably “Confrontation” (Carpenter and JOJ have the showdown of the century!), but in most cases the slightly faster speed helps the punch of the song instead of harming it. A few lines are cut, but other than the CSR, this is the most complete Les Miserables CD – and the clapping at the end of some tracks isn’t intrusive. The entire cast (most notably JOJ, who brings rawness and anger to Valjean pre-forgiveness and a heartrending and marvelous performance throughout) is outstanding. I wasn’t too keen on the Thenerdier, but Alan Armstrong (10th anniversary) is my favorite and hard to beat. Earl Carpenter brings a lyric smoothness to Javert during “Stars” as well as a brilliantly half-mad “Soliloquy.” Rosalind James is an excellent Eponine – more cynical than usually played, which suits her and the part beautifully. Jon Robyns is an incredible Enjolras who never sounds strained or out of his range. Gareth Gates is good as Marius, and brings a fresh, very good voice. Madalena Alberto as the disenchanted Fantine is extremely bittersweet – “come to me” is her best song. Everybody is incredible. A truly five-star performance by the actors and the orchestra, and a wonderful addition to the multiple cast recordings of the show. The Epilogue should bring you to your feet. Tomorrow comes!
By far the best recording I've heard yet. This being my favorite musical, and seeing as how I own every version ever produced (save the original French), I am VERY picky about this show. This recording has won my "award" for favorite recording. Not only for the cast collectively, but individually. I can honestly say the only thing wrong with it is Earl Carpenter as Javert. He just seems so....unenthusiastic, for lack of a better word, so bland. Philip Quast is the epitomal Javert to me. As far as John-Owen Jones as Valjean, forget it. He's the best in my opinion. Colm is honestly not that great a singer, and Alfie Boe is TOO good. You almost need to hire an opera company to keep up with him. JOJ is the perfect compromise. I would HIGHLY reccomend this to anyone willing to buy it. It's worth the money.