Phantasia

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
On the one hand, Phantasia is an arrangement of tunes from Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Phantom of the Opera. On the other, it's a romantic double concerto for virtuoso violin and cello with orchestra. What's surprising is how completely it succeeds on both levels. Although Phantom fans are probably the target audience here, you don't need to know -- or even to like -- Lloyd Webber's work to be swept away by this colorful, passionate, and dramatic score. The triumph of Phantasia owes much to the skill of arranger Geoff Alexander, who brilliantly translates not only Lloyd Webber's melodies but also the arch of the show's drama into a half hour of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
On the one hand, Phantasia is an arrangement of tunes from Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Phantom of the Opera. On the other, it's a romantic double concerto for virtuoso violin and cello with orchestra. What's surprising is how completely it succeeds on both levels. Although Phantom fans are probably the target audience here, you don't need to know -- or even to like -- Lloyd Webber's work to be swept away by this colorful, passionate, and dramatic score. The triumph of Phantasia owes much to the skill of arranger Geoff Alexander, who brilliantly translates not only Lloyd Webber's melodies but also the arch of the show's drama into a half hour of instrumental music. Cleverly, the solo cello impersonates the Phantom, while the violin takes the part of Christine, and the performers here are as eloquent in the roles as anyone who has performed them on stage: Sarah Chang, known to classical music fans as one of the finest violinists of her generation, and Julian Lloyd Webber, not only the composer's brother but also among the world's leading cellists. The Woman in White, a more recent Andrew Lloyd Webber show, is the source for the other orchestral suite recorded here. Since the tunes aren't yet as well known, and the strong emotional presence of the soloists is absent, it isn't quite as mesmerizing as Phantasia, yet it's a sophisticated score that offers much to enjoy and proves that Lloyd Webber is still at the top of the musical theater heap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724355804327
  • Catalog Number: 58043

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julian Lloyd Webber Primary Artist, Cello
Sarah Chang Violin
Simon Lee Conductor
London Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Producer
Julian Lloyd Webber Liner Notes
Arne Akselberg Engineer
Geoffrey Alexander Arranger, Concept
John Fraser Producer
Peter Manning Orchestra Leader
Kathryn Enticott Executive Producer
Tris Penna Executive Producer
Andrew Stewart Liner Notes
Lawrence Roman Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good choice

    I love this CD. I enjoy having it on in the background while I study. I typically have to have complete silence when working or studying because of distractions, however this Cd is not overpowering to listen to at all. I have the Phantom of the Opera CD as well and am very glad I purchased Phantasia. Highly recommend if you appreciate the arts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely amazing!

    Throughout this entire medley of Phantom of the Opera, a duet of virtuosity plays the entire time- a Cello and a Violin capture the feeling of the broadway play. This is definitely a must for all fans of classical.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Prepare to be swept into the Paris Opera House, ladies and gentlemen!

    This is a truly amazing find for Phantom of the Opera fans. A fully orchestrated bit of music that seamlessly brings all the classic Phantom songs into one brilliantly mastered score. Emphasis on the cello and the violin brings the Phantom’s and Christine’s voices to an exceptionally “musical” level. This piece haunts while it soothes, and it takes you into the very vaults of the Paris Opera House with a little imagination. :^) The Woman in White Suite has its gothic overtones as well, and though I had never heard it’s music before I bought this CD, it is just as memorable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 15, 2009

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