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|Susan Jane Tanner||Vocals|
|Les Misérables Cast Ensemble||Choir, Chorus|
|Les Misérables Pit Orchestra||Performing Ensemble|
|Sheridan Morley||Liner Notes|
|Alain Boublil||Producer, Text|
|Claude-Michel Schönberg||Composer, Producer|
|Martin Koch||Music Direction|
|Trevor Nunn||Adaptation, Stage Direction|
|John Caird||Adaptation, Stage Direction|
Posted March 12, 2013
This is likely the best recording of the Les Miserables soundtrack that there ever will be. Colm Wilkinson is a phenomenal Jean Valjean, Patti LuPone captures Fantine's fury, misery, and exhaustion flawlessly in "I Dreamed a Dream," and Roger Allam's Javert was stern and impassable in his tone alone.
Admittedly, there are a few flaws, although they are all quite minor. Eponine is quite dreadful on this recording. She is a strong, tough character, but her singer has a high and whiny voice that makes her positively grating. I have yet to sit through an entire performance of "On My Own." "A Little Fall of Rain'" is tolerable only because I know Eponine is dying. The arrangement of "Javert's Suicide" is weaker here than it is in future recordings, and I strongly, strongly dislike that Eponine appears in the finale along with Fantine. It makes very little since, as she and Jean Valjean have only one brief interaction. I prefer what the 2012 movie did, with having only Fantine (and later the Bishop of Digne) escorting Valjean to heaven.
Other than that, this is a phenomenal recording and one that is a necessity for any diehard Les Miserables fan. It is truly lovely.
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Posted January 13, 2013
Posted June 16, 2013
By far the best Les Miserables Soundtrack out of all of them. Beats the Original Broadway Cast, the 25th Anniversary Cast, ALL of them.
Especially the Movie Cast, that was probably the worst.