Misérables: 10th Anniversary Concert

Misérables: 10th Anniversary Concert

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Originally conceived as a simple recording production, Les Miserables evolved quickly into one of the premiere theater events of the 1980s. Theatrically on par with Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis is drawn from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The story chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, a simple Frenchman…  See more details below


Originally conceived as a simple recording production, Les Miserables evolved quickly into one of the premiere theater events of the 1980s. Theatrically on par with Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis is drawn from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The story chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, a simple Frenchman arrested as a youth for stealing a loaf of bread. After serving five years for that crime, as well as an additional 14 for attempted escape, Valjean is released on parole. Upon changing his name and eluding his parole officer, he becomes the surrogate father of a young girl and a Mayor as the French Revolution sets in. As the war rages, he finds that he cannot change the man he is. Les Miserables is typical of theater in the '80s, with extravagant effects and large, full-cast numbers. The beautiful score is full of emotion and humor, including such memorable and noteworthy songs as "Look Down," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "Bring Him Home," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," and the ubiquitous "On My Own." In 1995, a tenth anniversary concert was performed at Royal Albert Hall, combining members of the original cast, including Colm Wilkinson and Michael Ball, as well as Lea Salonga (the original Kim from Miss Saigon). Fully enjoyable, it may not be the best compilation of the music available, but it is definitely a worthwhile listen.

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Release Date:
First Night (Red)

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Disc 1

  1. Prologue
  2. On Parole/The Bishop
  3. Valjean's Soliloquy
  4. At the End of the Day
  5. I Dreamed a Dream
  6. Lovely Ladies
  7. Fantine's Arrest
  8. The Runaway Cart
  9. Who Am I? - The Trial
  10. Fantine's Death
  11. The Confrontation
  12. Castle on a Cloud
  13. Master of the House
  14. The Bargain - Waltz of Treachery
  15. Look Down
  16. Stars
  17. ABC Café/Red and Black
  18. Do You Hear the People Sing?
  19. Rue Plumet - In My Life
  20. A Heart Full of Love

Disc 2

  1. The Attack on Rue Plumet
  2. One Day More!
  3. Building the Barricade/On My Own
  4. Back at the Barricade
  5. Javert's Arrival/Little People
  6. A Little Fall of Rain
  7. Night of Anguish
  8. First Attack
  9. Drink with Me
  10. Bring Him Home
  11. Second Attack/The Final Battle
  12. The Sewers
  13. Dog Eats Dog
  14. Javert's Suicide
  15. Turning
  16. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  17. Every Day/A Heart Full of Love (Reprise)
  18. The Wedding Chorale/Beggars at the Feast
  19. Epilogue (Finale)
  20. Encore 1: Speeches/Do You Hear the People Sing?
  21. Encore 2: One Day More

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Geoffrey Palmer   Violin
Juliet Alderdice   cast
Chris Beck   cast
Jeffrey Bryant   Horn
Julian Cummings   Violin
Mike Dolan   Violin
Kathleen Dyson   Choir, Chorus
Michelle Fine   Choir, Chorus
Colin Green   Guitar
Jeania Harris   Choir, Chorus
Ellen Jackson   Choir, Chorus
Alison Jiear   cast
Terrance Kelly   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Körberg   cast
Ken Lawrence   Violin
Steve Pearce   Bass
Andy Reiss   cast
Francois Rive   Cello
Andrew Robbins   Choir, Chorus
Lea Salonga   cast
David Towse   Violin
Peter Vel   Cello
Neil Watson   Double Bass
Judy Kuhn   cast
Marion Morgan   Choir, Chorus
Prudence Whittaker   Clarinet
Michael Ball   cast
David Alder   Choir, Chorus
Geoffrey Browne   Oboe,Cor anglais
Nigel Pinkett   Cello
Gerry Ruddock   Trumpet
Anthony Crivello   cast
Mike Baker   Timpani
John Barr   Choir, Chorus
James Warburton   Horn
Don Thompson Quartet   Viola
Steve Ellis & The Starfires   cast
Colm Wilkinson   cast
Keith Burns   cast
Jonathan Carney   Violin,Leader
Michael Burgess   cast
Ben Evans   cast
Leila Ward   Oboe
David Charles Abell   Conductor
Rosemary Ashe   cast
David Bardsley   cast
Guy Bebb   Violin
Charles Beldom   Violin
Ulrika Butt   Choir, Chorus
Ken Caswell   Staging
Martin Chivers   Viola
Joseph Lloyd Collatin   Choir, Chorus
Neil Couperthwaite   Choir, Chorus
Tricia Deighton   Choir, Chorus
Julian Fairbank   Drums
Susie Fenwick   Choir, Chorus
Paul Gardham   Horn
Paul Heggarty   Choir, Chorus
Peter Hetherington   Double Bass
Gary Huddlestone   cast
Glynn Kerslake   cast
Andrew Klee   Violin
Darryl Knock   cast
Peter Ledbury   Choir, Chorus
Sally Mates   cast
David Newland   Viola
Peter Nutting   Violin
Raymond Ovens   Violin
Craig Pinder   cast
Wendy Pollock   Choir, Chorus
Peter Polycarpou   cast
Anthony Protheroe   Violin
Philip Quast   cast
Stephen Quigley   Percussion
Andrew Sippings   Viola
Gareth Snook   cast
Dorothy Vernon   Choir, Chorus
Julia Worsley   Choir, Chorus
Annette Yeo   Choir, Chorus
Nick Holder   cast
Richard Layton   Violin
Andy Williamson   Choir, Chorus
Robert Winn   Flute
Gareth Wood   Double Bass
Kate Young   Keyboards
Myra Sands   Choir, Chorus
Karen Broughton   Choir, Chorus
James Head   Choir, Chorus
Tammi Jacobs   Choir, Chorus
Michael McCarthy   cast
Michael Strassen   Choir, Chorus
James Wren   Choir, Chorus
Carolyn Allen   Choir, Chorus
Alun Armstrong   cast
Joe Atkins   Trumpet
Jackie Marks   cast
Jo-Anna Lee   Choir, Chorus
Roy Benson   Double Bass
Nigel Richards   cast
Jill Martin   cast
Anthony Clegg   Choir, Chorus
Aidan Cook   Choir, Chorus
Albert Dennis   Double Bass
Aline Mowat   cast
Alain Petitclerc   Violin
Adam Searles   cast
Marc Joseph   Choir, Chorus
Dave Greer   Choir, Chorus
Peter Bruce   Choir, Chorus
Michael McLean   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Leyton   cast
Jack McCormack   Double Bass
Mike Sterling   cast
Charles Nolan   Violin
Russell Gilbert   Violin
Colin Huber   Violin
Kevin Duffy   Violin
Christopher Lydon   Violin
Stephen Kear   Violin
David Herd   Violin
Steve Merson   Violin
Robin del Mar   Viola
Christopher Irby   Cello
Roger Argente   Trombone
John Dulieu   Choir, Chorus
Derek Richards   Choir, Chorus
Richard Addison   Clarinet,Saxophone
Philip Cox   Choir, Chorus
Rebecca Thornhill   Choir, Chorus
Mary-Louise Clark   cast
David Delve   Choir, Chorus
Leon Ferguson   Choir, Chorus
Deidre Forrest   Choir, Chorus
Graham Gill   cast
James Francis Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Grace Kinirons   Choir, Chorus
Beverly Klein   cast
Becky Norman   Choir, Chorus
Paula Simpson   Choir, Chorus
Mandy Travis   Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Watts   Choir, Chorus
Mai Huggins   Choir, Chorus
Ruthie Henshall   cast
Lucianne Evans   cast
James Barron   Choir, Chorus
Jenny Galloway   cast
David Shannon   Choir, Chorus
James Daley   cast
Steve Balsamo   Choir, Chorus
Matthew Cammelle   cast
Lisa Peace   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Williams   Viola
Seann Alderking   Keyboards
Fento Gray   Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Hart   cast
Sarah-Jane Hassell   cast
William Heggart   Cello
Derek James   Trombone
Mario Frangoulis   Choir, Chorus
Matt Dean   Choir, Chorus
David Arneil   Choir, Chorus
Caroline Tatlow   Choir, Chorus
James Staddon   cast
John Bimson   Horn
Clive Dobbins   Violin
Peter Sermon   Viola
Paul Ringham   Trumpet
Sara West   Choir, Chorus
Mary Samuel   Viola
Daniel Lee   cast
Sally Bourne   cast
Phil Cavill   cast
Chris Coleman   Choir, Chorus
Lindsey Danvers   cast
Frances Fry   Choir, Chorus
Kimberley Partridge   Choir, Chorus
Emma Kershaw   Choir, Chorus
Rachel Spry   cast
Tony Timberlake   cast
Zoe Tyler   Choir, Chorus
Grania Renihan   Choir, Chorus
Glenn Carter   Choir, Chorus
Norma Atallah   Choir, Chorus
Valda Aviks   cast
Paul Baker   Choir, Chorus
Julie Balfour   Choir, Chorus
Adrian Beaumont   Choir, Chorus
Annalene Beechey   Choir, Chorus
Stephanie Benavente   Choir, Chorus
Sally Bentley   Choir, Chorus
Claudia Bradley   Choir, Chorus
Cliff Brayshaw   Choir, Chorus
Cathy Breeze   cast
Linda Mae Brewer   Choir, Chorus
Reinhard Brussmann   cast
Richard Burman   Choir, Chorus
Clare Burt   Choir, Chorus
Amanda Chennell   Choir, Chorus
Hannah Chick   cast
Danny Coll   Choir, Chorus
Hilary Cromie   Choir, Chorus
Laurence Cromwell   Cello
Jody Crosier   Choir, Chorus
Amanda Dainty   Choir, Chorus
Emma Dears   Choir, Chorus
Hadrian Delacey   Choir, Chorus
Carl Donohue   Choir, Chorus
Lynden Edwards   Choir, Chorus
Julia Farino   Choir, Chorus
David Fawcett   Choir, Chorus
Susan Fay   Choir, Chorus
Barry Findleton   cast
Matthew Gould   Choir, Chorus
Halcro Johnston   cast
Helen Hobson   Choir, Chorus
Samantha Grant   Choir, Chorus
Jonathon Greatorex   Choir, Chorus
Vikdal Gyula   cast
Lindsey Hamilton   Choir, Chorus
David Hampshire   Choir, Chorus
Allan Hardman   Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Hart   Choir, Chorus
Alasdair Harvey   Choir, Chorus
Sarah Hay   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Hesker   Choir, Chorus
Richard Garth   Choir, Chorus
Martin George   Choir, Chorus
Christopher Holt   Choir, Chorus
Christopher Howard   cast
Julia Howson   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Hull   cast
Linda Jarvis   Choir, Chorus
Jerzy Jeske   cast
John Owen-Jones   Choir, Chorus
Takeshi Kaga   cast
Shaun Kerrison   cast
Samantha Lavender   Choir, Chorus
Gerard Leighton   Choir, Chorus
Jeremy Levitsky   cast
Anthony Lyn   Choir, Chorus
Claire Machin   Choir, Chorus
Michael William Magee   Choir, Chorus
Michael Maguire   cast
David Malek   Choir, Chorus
Robert Marien   cast
Deborah McHardy   Choir, Chorus
Mark McKerracher   cast
Stewart McLlwham   Flute
Jill Nalder   Choir, Chorus
Sarah Naughton   Choir, Chorus
James Powell   cast
Gilbert White   Violin
Øystein Wiik   cast
Rob Guest   cast
Michael Cantwell   Choir, Chorus
Michael Chapman   Bassoon
Andrew Fuller   Cello

Technical Credits

Victor Hugo   Contributor
Alain Boublil   Composer,Liner Notes,Text
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer,Liner Notes
Nick Gomm   Engineer
Barry Barnes   Stage Manager
Martin Koch   Musical Supervision
Nicholas Allott   Executive Producer
David Hunt   Engineer
David Charles Abell   Director
Andy Bruce   Sound Design
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer,Liner Notes
Jean-Marc Natel   Text
Cameron Mackintosh   Liner Notes
Trevor Nunn   Director,Liner Notes
John Caird   Director,Liner Notes
Alan Boyd   Producer
Andreane Neofitou   Costume Design
John Cameron   Score
Martin McCallum   Managing Director
Kate Salberg   Company Manager
Edward Behr   Liner Notes
James Fenton   Material
Paul Findlay   Managing Director
Richard Lienard   Sound Design

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Les Misérables: 10th Anniversary Concert 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
“Les Miserables” is a marvelous musical a stunningly faithful interpretation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, with an inspiring storyline and unforgettable characters. There are 2 reasons for buying a Les Mis CD – (1) you’ve seen a performance and want ONE CD to remind you of it or (2) you’ve become a les Mis junkie (like me) and want multiple versions so you too can hold forth on the rival merits of Andy Warlow vs Michael Maguire, Patty LuPone vs Ruthie Henshaw, Frances Ruffelle vs Kaho Shimada vs Lea Solonga. Whichever category you are in, you really, REALLY want the Tenth Anniversary Concert. The TAC has the complete storyline (albeit slightly abridged), it was recorded live (so there’s an unique intensity and chemistry between performers), and from top to bottom it has BY FAR the best cast. I have all 4 full-length, English- language versions (Original London Cast, Original Broadway Cast and Complete Symphonic Recording in addition), but this is the one I listen to over and over. Colm Wilkinson (OLC, OBC and TAC) is and will always be THE definitive Jean Valjean. OK, he has a unique singing style, but such heart. Not always perfect, but so powerful and emotional. All his solos just stop me dead in my tracks. The sweetness and purity of his “Bring Him Home” and “Epilogue” move me to tears. Remember that Jean Valjean is in his 50’s and 60’s for most of the action. Wilkinson still has the voice, but manages to convey the authority, experiences and suffering of a lifetime. Gary Morris (CSR) sounds too young (and petulant). Finally, a Javert (Philip Quast) who can hold his own with Wilkinson in “Confrontation”. Quast‘s Javert is the implacable Angel of Justice -the evil of self- righteousness, but yet more complex under the surface. “Stars” and “Javert’s suicide” soar. Roger Allam (OLC) has a fine voice, but is not nearly as powerful (or sinister). Terrance Mann (OBC) is overmatched by Wilkinson in “Confrontation” (as Morris is by Quast on the CSR) and struggles with his solos. Michael Ball (also on the OLC and CSR) is an outstanding Marius. Emotional without melodrama, he makes that naïve, lovelorn man believable, passionate and sympathetic. “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables” is powerful and moving. The less said about Davis Bryant the better. Each of the 4 versions of Les Mis has its own Fantine, leaving lots of room for debate. Personally, I love Ruthie Henshall’s portrayal. Her voice is rich and beautiful. Her Fantine is a woman who has suffered a great deal, but is still undefeated. A case can definitely be made for Patty LuPone (OLC) who created the role and sings it with great sadness and power. Debra Bryne’s (CSR) Fantine is fragile and poignant, but not the sort of woman who could fight back when Bamatabois abused her or spit in the face of the Mayor. Randy Graff (OBC) just wails. A lively debate also rages about the character of Eponine. Frances Ruffelle created the role and did a credible job with the OLC, but for some reason decided to whine and shriek on the OBC. I know that Eponine is described as having a harsh (not shrill) voice by Hugo, but that doesn’t mean concert goers should be tortured. I find Kaho Shimada (CSR) uneven and unremarkable. Lea Solonga towers over both of them her voice is lovely, pure and soaring, with an edge of anger and bitterness. This is an Eponine capable of facing down an entire band of cutthroats, and of tricking the man she loves to his death at the barricade because she can’t have him. I don’t understand why she has to be shot by accident instead of being allowed to die saving Marius’s life. Andy Warlow (CSR) is widely acclaimed as the b
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly the dream cast! It is almost perfect. Hearing the London and Broadway recordings I can honestly say this is the best. We all know Colm Wilkinson is great. Philip Quast is the ultimate Javert! The Thenardiers are awesome. Michael Ball is THE ONLY Marius in my opinion. Lea Solonga is an awesome Eponine, second to Sutton Foster. Judy Kuhn sounded better 10 years sgo, they should have gone with Rebecca Caine. But Judy still ROCKS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST interpretation of Les Miserables that I have ever seen/heard! Michael Ball was superb(As usual)!!!! His interpretation of Marius is wonderful!And his voice, WOW! Colm Wilkinson did an excelent Valjean, the best that I have heard. Philip Quast is absolutely awesome as Javert. After watching the movie of Les Mis I realy disliked Javert, but watching/listening to this has given me a deep respect for him. Michael Maguire did very well as Enjolras. I have heard many people say that Anthony Warlow did a much better job, so I listened to him sing it and Nobody could have done better than Michael Maguire. Lea Solonga was a very good Eponine. And Ruthie Henshall as Fantine was Wonderful! It was a job well done. I would listen to it 24/7 is possible. They all did a Wonderful Job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi,Im Hannah Chick(I played little cossette). I absolutely adore the musical and that night it was a dream come true. Working with all those famous people was amazing. Michael Ball will never be beaten in the role of Marius,hi voice is incredible. Its so warm I personally could listen to him all day everyday.Colm Wilkinson is not my favourite Valjean but he certainly knows his character.Ruthie Henshall well what can I say,TREMENDOUS!Lea Salonga is sooo lovely and her voice is gorgeous. All these people are so nice to work with and I was honoured to be a part of it. Im looking forward to the 20th anniversary at Wembley!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am only 15 years old, I am an avid Les Miserables fan! This CD was introduced to me by my wonderful parents and I have been listening to it ever since I can remember. I absolutely love Colm Wilkinson! He is the best Jean Valjean I have ever heard. I think Lea Salonga did a wonderful job as Eponine (my favorite character). I also love how Philip Quast portrayed Javert! I have read the unabridged version of the book, seen this movie a thousand times, listened to the CD, and had the wonderful opportunity of seeing it on Broadway! I definately recommend this CD to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a musical theater geek, and I've wanted this CD forever... it was worth waiting for... The voices on this recording are amazing... Val Jean especailly... definatly get this recording
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 10th anniversary is by far my favorites version of les miserables. The first song i ever heard was "on my own" from the origonal broadway cast, and that got me hooked. After that i read the book and listened to various songs from the broadway cast which i had on a tape. Then i bought the 10th anniversary cd. at first i didn't like it as much, but i listened to it more and really started liking it. I think all the charactors in the 10th anniversary are a lot better than any of the other versions, except eponine. I think Lea Salonga has too strong of a voice and portrays more of a strong charactor, not the feeling the real charactor needs. Frances Rufelle plays the best Eponine. Other than that, i think Javert is great! he has a great voice and it gives me chills whenever i hear him sing "stars" and his suicide song. Of courtse Colm Wilkenson is the best Jean Vonjean ever, great voice. Ruthie Henshall (Fantine) has a great voice, she does a good job of making her look miserable and yet a loving charactor, especailly the line "if theres a god above, he'd let me die instead".... gives me chills everytime.... Not to forget Michael Ball--- great job with marius, so much feeling-- now Judy Kuhn is great, she does a good job with Cosette, even though im not that fond of the charactor. But over all this is the best cast i've heard, the only thing to make it better is to change Lea Salonga to Frances Rufelle. I highly recommend anyone to buy this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the TAC it is the best. Everyone is great in it.......Michael Maguire....sigh...I LOVE HIM! he is the BEST!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Les Miserables, I have read the unabridged book and seen three of the movie version, but I haven't been able to see the musical live, which is sad, but I have listen to the CDs and the tape at least a million times. I have listen to the Broadway cast, and the London cast but this one is my favorite. All the singers did a superb job, especially Colm Wilkinson, wow! he is amazing. I highly recomend buying this CD. I would just like to say that I love Javert, I know he is mean and everything but he is not really evil. He beleives in ablsolute and strct obedience to the law, and is a absolutly fasinating character, he is really not a evil, just demented. Please buy this, you won't be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fisrt saw Les Miserables on the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert VHS. It knocked me OFF my feet!!!!! I watched it over and over again. Now that I've found the CD, I will not rest until it's mine. I only wish I had more money to do it with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals. My friends all have the Broadway and London cast. But after hearing their recordings and mine. This is the BEST recording out there. It's cast perfectly and I have 1 complaint that I dismissed. The clapping can get annoying! BUT I LOVE THIS CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This rendition of Les Mis is just wonderful. I have seen the play many times and own most of the albums. Of all the soundtracks, this one is the best. It is just so powerful. Javert really speaks to the heart and Valjean does a wondeful job. But wait till the final tracks on CD2, it will make you cry...it did me. Les Mis has always been very special in my life, this CD helps me relive every moment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This just about the best interpretation I've heard of Les Miz. It has the BEST cast. Every single one of them did a fantastic job. I especially love Ruthie Henshall, Philip Quast,Micheal Ball and Micheal Magiure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording is simply incredible. Colm Wilkinson gives a stunning performance in the role he created. Philip Quast is sensational as Javert, especially singing "Stars". Michael Ball sings "Empty Chairs at Empty tables" in a way that no other person could. The cast is definitely the Dream Cast! OWN IT NOW!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cast on this particular recording are superb and fit well in the parts. They have imbued the songs with such feeling, even those who do not like musicals or do not know the original story will be swept away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Les Miserables in Concert is spectacular and I highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of age (the first time I saw it I was six and fell in love with it instantly). First of all, let me say that Ruthie Henshall was amazing. Buy the CD simply for her, she's fantastic. And of all the other recordings I've listened to, she is the best Fantine and the cast truly is ideal. For me, the BEST parts are (although, nothing about this performance is anything less than wonderful): I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More, Do You Hear the People Sing, Master of the House, and A Little Fall of Rain. Listen to this recording. Believe me, it's unbelievable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TAC can be put into 1 word: WOW! My Personal favorites for the cast are Michael Maguire (Enjolras)and Philip Quast (Javert). TAC is a real treat. If you've never heard of Les Mis before, this a great CD to start out with. The only problem is that they didn't have the full version of "Little People" or one of the barricade scenes. The best songs in this are "Do You Hear the People Sing?" "Lovely Ladies" "Red and Black" "Little People" "A Little Fall of Rain" all the barricade songs "Stars" "On My Own" "Drink With Me" and much more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the TAC was great! Lea S. is the best Eponine, Ruthie Henshall is a very good Fantine and Michael Ball did a great job also. Also Kudos to the kids who played Little Cosette and Gavorche. They did a great job! The only reason it didn't get all five stars is because all of Little People is not in this version and they cut part of Cosette's song and all of Eponine's errand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well the title pretty much describes how I thought. I love this CD and I play it over and over a lot. This is really a CD worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Les Miserables ever since our school put on the show. This CD allowed me to listen to the show whenever I wanted to. It excluded some parts of the show, but otherwise, I really enjoyed it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
About year ago my aunt took me to see this in Chicago and it changed me for life. I wnet from listening to metal to musicals overnight. I ran out the next day and bought this 10th aniversery CD and it got me hooked for life. Van Jon, Mariouse, Eponine, and Fantine all have beautiful voices and put so much passion in their singing. It sounds like they are actually experiencing this and bringing it to life. Although I love it all my favorite song is On My Own. Any girl whose ever been in love and unable to tell the guy will be crying. The best part of the song that could hold all the pain of this story is,"In the rain the pavmentt shines like silver, all the lights are misty in the river, in the darkness the trees are full of starlight and all i see is him and me forever and foever.. But I know it's only in my mind, that I'm talking to myself and not to him. And although o know that he is blind, still I say therrs's a way for us, I love him but whe the night is over, he is gone, the river is just a river." Yes I'm weird but belive me this wil change your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best of the best of any musicals I've seen or heard. They got the best of the best actors and actresses too. This really is a "Dream Cast".
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've seen les mis live before, but it just doesn't compare to the dream cast version. the people they picked to portray the characters are AMAZING, and i can't imagine them played by anyone else now. the voices of the actors and actresses are simply angelic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK--for just about everyone on the planet who likes Les Mis, or even thinks they like Les Mis, this is the recording to own. The cast is truly outstanding. Colm Wilkinson is in splended voice for Valjean as is Philip Quast as Javert. Ruthie Henshall (HOTTIE!!!) puts on a how-to-be-a-great-singing-actor clinic and Lea Salonga is simply the most finely sung Eponine on record. My only problem with this particular incarnation of the show is that Anthony Warlow is NOT singing Enjolras. The music with the students is BY FAR the most interesting in the show and much is cut. The singing from the boys is leaps and bounds better on the CSR. Warlow was battling cancer at the time this was made and it is a shame he was not well. Michael Maguire is mainly fine, until he sings above E. Then his voice gets tremendously nasal and lacks the power and richness of Warlow's tone. Enjolras needs to inspire with his voice alone, and Maguire simply does not....but, Lord! is he handsome!! Michael Ball chews the musical scenery throughout (as is his trademark), but makes some wonderful noise. Judy Kuhn is a bland Cosette, but sounds nice--Rebecca Caine is better. The orchestra is top-notch and the recorded sound is flawless, right down to the musket misfire during "Castle on a Cloud." All in all, this is a tremendous recording and a great one to own. But if you want the whole shmear, get the CSR and listen to the student music...you don't know what you're missing!
tob2007 More than 1 year ago
Okay, so Les Miserables has a record of recordings with a bunch of horrible singers with a few gems hidden behind the voices of not so great singers (the Broadway Cast Recording). This is not the case with the 10th Anniversary Dream Cast. Listening to the CD, I realized that not only is this the best CD of Les Miserables, but that the singers on it sound better live (and most of the singers have been on a CD of Les Miz before). Though not all the songs are performed, it is still the much better than the Complete Symphonic Recording (which was awful except for Michael Ball and Philip Quast, and you can hear them at their prime on the 10th Anniversary CD). My only problem with this CD is the fact the people who mixed the audio on the CD sucked at what they did (for instance, the part where the soldier is warning the student that they don't have to throw their lives away sounds echoe-ey, which is all fine and dandy, but then Enjolas starts singing, and as he's singing his voice switches from echoe-ey to normal-ey). I can't reccomend this enough if you are a Les Miz fan (and it so happens, I AM!)