Les Misérables [Original London Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - Sarah Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sarah Erlewine
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: 766930003329
  • Catalog Number: 33
  • Sales rank: 9,520

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
Les Misérables Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Liza Hayden Vocals
Colin Marsh Vocals
Les 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    This is likely the best recording of the Les Miserables soundtra

    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

    simply great

    simply great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2013

    By far the best Les Miserables Soundtrack out of all of them. Be

    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.

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