Evita [2006 London Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist/librettist Tim Rice's musical Evita has gone through several permutations since premiering as a double-LP studio cast album in 1976, with successful stage productions in the West End (1978) and on Broadway (1979), and, eventually, a movie adaptation (1996). All of those versions produced albums, and so does the 2006 London revival, which arrived on June 21 -- twenty-eight years to the day after the first London opening. (It later announced a closing date of May 26, 2007, for a run of 11 months.) The original London cast LP, unlike the original studio cast recording, the original Broadway cast recording, and the original ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist/librettist Tim Rice's musical Evita has gone through several permutations since premiering as a double-LP studio cast album in 1976, with successful stage productions in the West End (1978) and on Broadway (1979), and, eventually, a movie adaptation (1996). All of those versions produced albums, and so does the 2006 London revival, which arrived on June 21 -- twenty-eight years to the day after the first London opening. (It later announced a closing date of May 26, 2007, for a run of 11 months.) The original London cast LP, unlike the original studio cast recording, the original Broadway cast recording, and the original soundtrack, was a single-disc affair, and so is this one. Lloyd Webber, who runs his own label, Really Useful Records, tends to opt for full-length treatments of his shows on record, nearly every one sprawling across two CDs, the better to reflect his sung-through scores. Here, he has trimmed the music from the usual 100 minutes to 70 by eliminating minor songs, instrumental passages, and sound effects. That is an appropriate decision for a score that also sounds scaled down otherwise, with a smaller orchestra and cast. To address the downsizing, the composer has also revised his orchestrations and given them more of an Argentine flavor; the listener may think less often of Puccini and occasionally of Astor Piazzolla. If that gives a slightly more Argentine feel to a show set in Argentina, a major casting decision accentuates this change. In the title role is Argentine singer/actress Elena Roger. The appeal of casting an actual countrywoman of Eva Peron's to play her is undeniable, but it is equally undeniable that Roger sings in English with a heavy accent. Lloyd Webber and Rice may have felt that most of those attending the show would already know the lyrics so well that it wouldn't matter. But when Philip Quast, as Juan Peron sings to Roger's Eva in "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You," "I can understand you perfectly," the listener may be tempted to disagree. Still, this is a better treatment of the score than that heard on the original soundtrack. Roger, for all her flaws of enunciation, makes more of the part than Madonna did, and Matt Rawle is certainly a superior Che to that of Antonio Banderas (who had his own pronunciation problems). Also, even though Lloyd Webber and Rice have unnecessarily retained "You Must Love Me," the new song they wrote for the movie, they have wisely restored "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" to the minor character of the mistress played here by Lorna Want. (Against any sense, Madonna claimed the song in the film.) Still, the 2006 London Evita comes in a poor third to the original studio cast album and the original Broadway cast album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602498559758
  • Catalog Number: 000786702
  • Sales rank: 321,313

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Edwards Trombone
Ann Morfee Violin
Andy Pask Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Peter Walton Guitar
Kate Wilkinson Viola
Gary Milner Vocals
Jonathan Snowden Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo
Andrew Crowley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Philip Quast Vocals
Julian Trafford Violin
Elena Roggero Vocals
Richard Addison Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Simon Lee Conductor
Julian Poole Percussion
Dave Lee Horn
Jeff Leach Keyboards
Toby Coles Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Matt Rawle Vocals
Andrew Pask Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Elena Roger Vocals
Chris Baron Drums
Sonya Fairbairn Violin
James McKeon Keyboards
Abbie Osmon Vocals
Julia Graham Cello
Dave Lee Horn
Lorna Want Vocals
Gary Milner Vocals
Evita Cast Ensemble cast
Mark Bousie Accordion, Keyboards
Katie Wilkinson Viola
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
David Chase Dance Arrangement
Andy Findon Contributor
Ann Morfee Orchestra Leader
Phil Mulford Contributor
Robin Sellars Engineering
Nick Webb Mastering
Pat White Contributor
Neal Wilkinson Contributor
Nigel Wright Producer
Tim Rice Lyricist, Executive Producer
Gillian Findlay Contributor
Neil Wilkinson Contributor
Marcus Tilt Contributor
Ian Rathbone Contributor
Simon Lee Musical Supervision
Nick Barr Contributor
Duncan Ashby Contributor
Richard George Contributor
Tonya Robb Contributor
Jonathan Atkinson Contributor
Tony Robb Contributor
Tom Rees-Roberts Contributor
Michael Grandage Liner Notes
Pat White Contributor
Yann McCullough Digital Editing
Patrick Jones Contributor
Gordon Campbell Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SO BAD!!

    EVITA is one of my all time favorite shows in musical theatre. I bought this last month when I saw that there was a new cast recording of the show that included the song YOU MUST LOVE ME from the movie version. I was so diappointed with everything about this cd. The music is just like the movies soundtrack and the singing is just plain horrible. The woman who sings Evita can't carry a not to save her life and the same goes for Che. I would not reccomend this cd for anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a new Argentina for a new generation

    How could you not love this cd. the music is great. the voice's are amazing. even if you did not like the original you will love this vertion

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