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The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Choral Album

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572603625
  • Catalog Number: 6036
  • Sales rank: 315,724

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Phantom of the Opera - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:31)
  2. 2 Music of the Night - Crouch End Festival Chorus (5:28)
  3. 3 Wishing You Were Somehow Here - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:27)
  4. 4 Think of Me - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:33)
  5. 5 All I Ask of You - Crouch End Festival Chorus (4:19)
  6. 6 Don't Cry for Me Argentina - Crouch End Festival Chorus (5:16)
  7. 7 Another Suitcase in Another Hall - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:05)
  8. 8 Memory - Crouch End Festival Chorus (4:04)
  9. 9 Close Every Door - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:41)
  10. 10 Tell Me on a Sunday - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:35)
  11. 11 I Don't Know How to Love Him - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:32)
  12. 12 Pie Jesu - Crouch End Festival Chorus (2:44)
  13. 13 Love Changes Everything - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:06)
  14. 14 Next Time You Fall in Love - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:40)
  15. 15 With One Look - Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
A. L. 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
A. L. 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
Gareth Williams Mastering
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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