Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Choral Album

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Choral Album

by A. L. Webber
     
 
This album is what it says it is, a collection of recordings of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals (plus "Pie Jesu" from his classical work Requiem) played in their original orchestrations by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and sung in newly created choral arrangements by

Overview

This album is what it says it is, a collection of recordings of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals (plus "Pie Jesu" from his classical work Requiem) played in their original orchestrations by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and sung in newly created choral arrangements by the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Many of Lloyd Webber's most popular songs have been included, starting with five from Phantom of the Opera, and including selections from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday, Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, and Sunset Boulevard. Of course, as songs for the musical stage, these compositions were conceived for individual voices, and sometimes the massed voices singing them here lend the lyrics an odd tone. This is especially true, for example, of "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," the lament of a discarded mistress, which takes on a different coloration when dozens of women, rather than just one, are singing the main part. To get around this effect, soloists are included, drawn from both the musical theater and opera, with Lesley Garrett leading the way on "Wishing You Were Somehow Here," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Memory"; Sharon Campbell on "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"; Tito Beltrán on "Pie Jesu," and Mary Carewe on "With One Look." Now that Lloyd Webber is in the House of Lords, perhaps the time has come to begin treating him as more a light-classical composer rather than merely a writer of popular show music, or so this album would have us believe. It certainly has managed to make his music sound formal, but the music still works better on the Broadway and West End stages.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Silva America
UPC:
0738572603625
catalogNumber:
6036

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Lesley Garrett   Vocals
Sharon Campbell   Vocals
Mary Carewe   Vocals
Paul Bateman   Conductor
David Temple   Choir Master
Tito Beltrán   Vocals
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Robin Stapleton   Conductor
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Mike Batt   Lyricist
Don Black   Composer,Lyricist
Charles Hart   Composer,Lyricist
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Richard Stilgoe   Lyricist
John Luard Timperley   Engineer,Engineering
Tim Rice   Composer,Lyricist
Paul Bateman   Choir Arrangement
Trevor Nunn   Composer,Lyricist
T.S. Eliot   Lyricist
Christopher Hampton   Composer,Lyricist
Amy Powers   Composer,Lyricist
James Fitzpatrick   Producer,Formatting
Sean Mowle   Art Direction
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer,Concept

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