Misérables [Original London Cast Recording]

Misérables [Original London Cast Recording]

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

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Originally conceived as a simple recording production, Les Misérables evolved quickly into one of the premiere theater events of the 1980s. Theatrically on par with The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miz is drawn from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The story chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, a simple Frenchman who was 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, Valjean 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 Misérables 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." The original London cast recording is considered by many to be superior to various other releases of Les Miz, including the Broadway cast. Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle originate here the roles they played in the Broadway cast, joined by Patti LuPone and Michael Ball. An important addition to a collection for those who want a nearly complete version but who don't need the full symphonic version.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2012
Label:
First Night (Red)
UPC:
0766930003329
catalogNumber:
33
Rank:
6396

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Prologue. Work Song
  2. Prologue. Valjean Arrested / Valjean Forgiven
  3. Prologue. What Have I Done?
  4. At the End of the Day
  5. I Dreamed a Dream
  6. Lovely Ladies
  7. Who Am I?
  8. Fantine's Death. Come to Me
  9. Fantine's Death. Confrontation
  10. Castle in a Cloud
  11. Master of the House
  12. Thénardier Waltz
  13. Stars
  14. Look Down
  15. Little People
  16. Red & Black
  17. Do You Hear the People Sing?

Disc 2

  1. Love Montage. I Saw Him Once / In My Life / A Heart Full of Love
  2. The Attack on Rue Plumet
  3. One Day More
  4. On My Own
  5. The First Attack
  6. A Little Fall of Rain
  7. Drink With Me
  8. Bring Him Home
  9. Dog Eats Dog
  10. Javert's Suicide: Soliloquy
  11. Turning
  12. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  13. Wedding Chorale / Beggars at The Feast
  14. Finale. Do You Hear the People Sing? (Reprise)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti LuPone   Vocals
Michael Ball   Vocals
Frances Ruffelle   Vocals
Dave Willetts   Vocals
Colm Wilkinson   Vocals
Keith Burns   Vocals
Clive Carter   Vocals
Martin Koch   Conductor
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
Ian Tucker   Vocals
David Burt   Vocals
Paul Leonard   Vocals
Susan Jane Tanner   Vocals
Ian Calvin   Vocals
Misérables Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Liza Hayden   Vocals
Colin Marsh   Vocals
Misérables Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Christopher Beck   Vocals
Beverley Klein   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sheridan Morley   Liner Notes
Alain Boublil   Producer,Text
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer,Producer
Martin Koch   Music Direction
David Hunt   Engineer
Herbert Kretzmer   Lyricist
Jean-Marc Natel   Text
Trevor Nunn   Adaptation,Stage Direction
John Caird   Adaptation,Stage Direction
John Cameron   Orchestration
James Fenton   Material

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