Les Misérables [Original London Cast] [Highlights]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
First Night Records' single-CD "highlights" abridgement of Les Misérables' original London cast album cuts the score down from 31 tracks to 19 with a running time of 70 minutes. Of course, the selection includes the best-known numbers, among them "I Dreamed a Dream," as ably performed by Patti LuPone in the role of Fantine. Fans of Susan Boyle, who rocketed to fame singing the song on Britain's Got Talent, should be pleased by the presence of this and other power ballads. Yet the dated synthesizer arrangements still sound thin; the music remains derivative; the lyrics are still pedestrian; and the performers are still hammy. In their defense, it must be admitted that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
First Night Records' single-CD "highlights" abridgement of Les Misérables' original London cast album cuts the score down from 31 tracks to 19 with a running time of 70 minutes. Of course, the selection includes the best-known numbers, among them "I Dreamed a Dream," as ably performed by Patti LuPone in the role of Fantine. Fans of Susan Boyle, who rocketed to fame singing the song on Britain's Got Talent, should be pleased by the presence of this and other power ballads. Yet the dated synthesizer arrangements still sound thin; the music remains derivative; the lyrics are still pedestrian; and the performers are still hammy. In their defense, it must be admitted that there is no effective way to sing a power ballad subtly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: First Night (Red)
  • UPC: 766929946927
  • Catalog Number: 99469
  • Sales rank: 24,374

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti LuPone Vocals
Michael Ball Vocals
Frances Ruffelle Vocals
Colin Wilkinson Vocals
Dave Willetts Vocals
Colm Wilkinson Vocals
Keith Burns Vocals
Clive Carter Vocals
Ken Caswell Vocals
Zoe Hart Vocals
Gary Huddlestone Vocals
Sally Mates Vocals
Craig Pinder Vocals
Peter Polycarpou Vocals
Caroline Quentin Vocals
Siân Reeves Vocals
Roger Allam Vocals
Alun Armstrong Vocals
Jackie Marks Vocals
Jill Martin Vocals
Aline Mowat Vocals
Rebecca Caine Vocals
Beverly Klein Vocals
Ian Tucker Vocals
David Burt Vocals
Paul Leonard Vocals
Susan Jane Tanner Vocals
Ian Calvin Vocals
Liza Hayden Vocals
Colin Marsh Vocals
Les Misérables Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Christopher Beck Vocals
Abbé Paul Léonard Vocals
Alan Armstrong Vocals
Beverley Klein Vocals
Keith Burns Vocals
Paul Leonard Vocals
Alan Armstrong Vocals
Technical Credits
Sheridan Morley Liner Notes
Alain Boublil Producer, Text
Claude-Michel Schönberg Composer, Producer
David Hunt Engineer
Herbert Kretzmer Lyricist
Jean-Marc Natel Text
Trevor Nunn Adaptation, Stage Direction
John Caird Adaptation, Stage Direction
John Cameron Orchestration, Musical Supervision
James Fenton Text
Claude-Michel Schoenberg Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Just the High Points

    I already had the complete recording having seen the play twice. This recording is the best numbers. You do not get lost in the play but the performance is perfect for ripping after you buy it to your MP3. I listen to it while I am at the pc at work all the time.

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