Phantom of the Opera [Original London Cast Recording]

The Phantom of the Opera [Original London Cast Recording]

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by A. L. Webber

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As much a brand name as a composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber never does anything In a small way. 1988's The Phantom of The Opera, perhaps the finest effort of Lord Webber's career, began life with a particularly human heart beating at its center: Michael Crawford's Phantom. The very last word in


As much a brand name as a composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber never does anything In a small way. 1988's The Phantom of The Opera, perhaps the finest effort of Lord Webber's career, began life with a particularly human heart beating at its center: Michael Crawford's Phantom. The very last word in swoony romanticism, honey-tenored Crawford stormed Broadway and jumped-started a late-career revival that has yet to slow down. This double-disc, original cast recording also features costar Sarah Brightman (the former Mrs. Lloyd Webber), who uses her powerful voice to stunning advantage on "All I Ask of You" and "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again." Crawford's gorgeous, hushed vocal dazzles in the memorable showpiece, "The Music of the Night," as spectacular and definitive a Broadway moment as any in the last half-century.

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Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist
Laurie Lewis   Violin
Sarah Brightman   cast
Rod Argent   Keyboards
Keith Marshall   Oboe,Cor anglais
Graham Ashton   Trumpet
Stan Barrett   Percussion
Steve Barton   cast
Mark Berrow   Violin
Sheila Bromberg   Harp
Frank Clarke   Bass
Mike Cookson   Viola
Kenneth Essex   Viola
Howard (Jimmy) Evans   Trumpet
Robin Firman   Cello,Viola
Hans Geiger   Violin
Chris Green   Cello
Geoffrey Grey   Violin
Norman Jones   Cello,Viola
Homi Kanga   Violin
Chris Laurence   Bass
Paul Maguire   Keyboards
John Meck   Viola
Michael Reed   Conductor
Billy Reid   Violin
George Robertson   Viola
David Rose   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Celia Sheen   Violin
Mark Thomas   Violin
Dick Wall   Trombone
Arthur Watts   Bass
Roger Welch   Viola
Pete Whittaker   Bassoon
John Willison   Violin
Nick Worters   Bass
Steve Pierce   Clarinet
David Bellman   Viola
Norman Archibald   Trumpet
Nick Busch   Horn
Justin Pearson   Cello
Frank Clark   Bass
Norris Bosworth   Viola
David Randall   Violin
Danielle Emond   Horn
Perry Montague-Mason   Conductor
Rosemary Ashe   cast
David Firth   cast
Chris Gradwell   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Ken Hogg   Violin
Janos Kurucz   cast
Keith Riby   Horn
Alan Smyth   Viola
Alexa Turpin   Flute,Piccolo
Jill Washington   cast
Michael Dore   Horn
Colin Staveley   Violin
Jeremy White   Viola
Paul Cullington   Bass
Brian Mack   Viola
Alison Kelly   Violin
James Patterson   cast
Bill Jones   Viola
Dave Locke   Percussion
David Jackson   cast
Bob Norris   Cello
Mike Stanley   Keyboards
Maria Kesselman   cast
Peter Bishop   cast
Bill Reid   Violin
Derek Taylor   Horn
Gordon Buchan   Violin
Michael Crawford   cast

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Book
Sheila Bromberg   Contributor
David Cullen   Orchestration
Charles Hart   Lyricist
Martin Levan   Engineer
Richard Stilgoe   Book
Harold Prince   Director
Gillian Lynne   Choreographer

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The Phantom of the Opera [Original London Cast Recording] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most popular stories of all times. Yet Andrew Lloyd Webber and Harold Prince captured the story on a different note. By combinding the haunting, mysterious side with the romantic side and a little bit of Broadway magic, phan just keep coming back for more and more. I saw the stage preformance with Sarah Lawrence and Gary Mauver as the Phantom and Christine at the Broward Center for Preforming Arts. They were amazing but when I finally bought the CD of Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, they were also amazing. Only problem is I wish there was more on the CD that just is. I guess I was hoping for the "full" preformance. Some people say that Sarah Brightman ruin the CD well in respect it was written for her and it was her time to sing it, mind you. But, yes, there were others that came a long way that transcended above her "but some can't hit the "E" in the tittle song right". I guess if you are properly trained "take it by me a singer" anyone can sing Phantom. Sarah took her singing career to another level thanks to Phantom and to me she sounds the same. The Phantom is the most loved character throughout the show. Even though the movie wasn't the same as the play, I thought the movie was good but I like the stage Phantom better because he shows a lot more emotion and rage than the movie "some part... sword fight was cool". The rest of cast played their parts respectively well. I think that this classic will continue to become a one of a kind treasure in American History. The music and the mystical wonderings of the Phantom of the Opera will leave you haunted forever.
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The music and the singing on this cd is the best I've ever heard (and trust me, I've heard a lot). Michael Crawford has the best voice in the history of the world and really makes the Phantom come alive. I highly recommend the original London cast recording to everyone who enjoys beautiful music. I also recommend that all of you go out and see the show. I saw it a couple of months ago with Ted Keegan as the Phantom and Rebecca Pitcher as Christine and believe me, you won't be sorry you went. It's the best show ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Broadway and Phantom is the Opera is one of my absoulte favorites. The music is so beautiful it makes me want to cry! Anyone who loves Broadway should buy this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took a break from it for Les Mis, but then I listened to it again, and it is really the BEST! Michael Crawford is the *BEST* Phantom of all, I believe. Sarah Brightman is an awesome Christine-no comment on Raoul, ok¿(Hard to say when you're a devoted phan)
Guest More than 1 year ago
After about ten years of listening to, and wearing out, the tape I had that was the Highlights from Phantom I have finally been able to listen to the entire two cd of it. The music of this production is more than anyone who loves music could ever hope to hear. The music I've heard in other musical theatre shows doesn't have the same texture as Phantom. I do hope to one day be able to see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best musical EVER!!! I listen to this soundtrak all of the time and still never tire of hearing it over and over. The music is brilliant as well as the lyrics. The music is enchanting-in a good way- and the words put you right in London or New York. I'm listening to it now and can't believe I'm at my computer typing!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 15, and I must tell you-this is the best in music. If you listen to the clips, especially All I Ask of You, and Little Lotte/The Mirror, and Music of the Night, you will understand the Phantom's yearning, the people's awakening. It is beatiful. I saw the Broadway show, and was transfixed. Your heart just feels the music. It's indescribable, but you know, I think it's well worth the money-but I wouldn't know, because I just got a letter yesterday about how my aunt and uncle will buy it for me for my birthday, today- just because I told them I liked it. I'm so happy, they are such great listeners! Buy it, and feel your heart sing in rhapsody and your eyes grow wide!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only 11, and I have this soundtrack: it is my favorite CD out of my own collection of 82. I've loved this CD since I was 2; it's what got me into music in the first place. Even though I haven't seen the broadway show, I'll be SURE to see the remake on film in December!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now I'm going to be perfectly honest with this review, just like I've been with my reviews for the 2004 movie soundtrack of the story! First off, this was the most recent cd I've bought of Phantom (first being the original Canadian cast, then the movie soundtracks, and now this) my reasons being... well first of all it's not what I thought it was gooing to be! Don't get me wrong, Michael Crawford is wonderful as the Phantom and he will always be known as the man brought the Phantom to life! Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Sarah Brightman's portrait of Christine, and yes I do know that the part was written for her... but I just feel that it wasn't the best role for her. And to be perfectly honest the reason this cd is geting 4 stars is because of Brightman, now I know that seems a little harsh, but come on people... am I the only one who thinks that she sounds like she has peanutbutter stuck on the roof of her mouth when she sings! Now that I think of it, when I first heard her sing 'Think of Me' I thought my cd player was warping on me, and then when I realized that it was really her singing... well I was shocked!!! She sounds better on some parts of the track than on others but I just can't get over the fact that she is the one who everyone is comparing to when it comes to the part of Christine, making it seem like she is the only one who could ever do this role! Truthfully, she sounds better now than when she did the original performance in 1986, I think she has one of the most powerful voices I've ever heard, but I just feel that Phantom wasn't her best effort. Everyone else in this cast was great with their roles... and so now I've finally gotten all of that off of my chest, I feel better knowing that I've shared MY OPINION with all of you who don't have the guts to critisize this cd!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
can anyone tell me if this is on a polyvore cd like the original cd was??
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate Sarah Brightman, she just has no ability to show emotion in her voice. But I love the rest of this cast. Even though I don't believe they are the best cast Phantom has had, this cast is much better then the movie with Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler. Frankly whoever told Gerard Butler he could carry a tune was deaf, the same goes for Rossum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Phantom of the Opera has been my favorit show on broadway. This music really brings back those memories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals, but this one has got to be my favorite. I did notice that they cut the two first songs off, but I ordered it anyway. It turned out just to be a mistake, because those songs where actually on the CD. I do think my favorite songs have to be The Phantom of the Opera and Past the Point of no Return.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this CD set first time in Thailand for almost ten years ago and had been listening to it since. Now, my older set worn out--I'm acquiring this one as a backup--not a replacement. I strongly recommend this CD over the other one from the film. (I have also bought the other one, which is nonetheless excellent, but I still love this one better). The wordings are little different, somewhat; the music is the same, however. Anyway, everytime I listen to this CD set, I end up crying by the end of it. It's touched my heart and lasted this long; I'm sure it will do so to yours!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great musical, but Brightman shouldn't have been in it. I can't believe people actually think she is the only Christine, she's the best, blah, blah, blah. She sounds like a frog (or in the spirit of things, toad) and she would have done better as Carlotta. Other than that, Michael Crawford is great, but some of the songs don't really sound right with him singing them. Some of them don't sound right with him singing high notes. They just need lower, more powerful ones. Don't get me wrong, he's great. The rest of the cast is pretty good, just not the right people in the right part for some of them (cough, cough, Brightman). I'm not some "Gerard Butler is the only Phantom" phan because he definitely has some rough spots too. Four stars for a pretty good cast album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved The Phantom Of The Opera ever since I could remember and when I got this CD for my birthday I haven't stopped playing it. Michael Crawford and Hugh Panaro are by far my favorite Phantoms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Phantom of the Opera has the most powerful, beautiful music I have ever heard. Micheal Crawford has the most beautiful voice... You won't find a better CD. Every song is completely absorbing. THE BEST! Andrew Lloyd Weber is a genious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its worth seeing again. one of the best plays my dad brought me to a few years ago...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It will make you swoon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original cast recording is simply the BEST!! Michael and Sarah make the listener envision the show and pull you in instantly. The movie pales in comparison...Emmy's voice isn't nearly as operatic or pure, nor is Raul's or the Phantom's. You just don't mess with a good thing and the original cast is by far and away greatest ever to perform the show. Who needs the movie when there's Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman??!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw the Phantom of the Opera two weeks ago. It was a real experience, for I had never seen an opera so well performed as this. You all must see it. You'll feel so sorry for the phantom, cause I cried. Then when christine kissed the phantom infront of Raoul, I almost died. You see, i went to the one with Ted Keagan as the Phantom , he was sooo good. And John Cudia was Raoul. He's hot. I got to stick my hand in his pocket to get his pen out for him afterwards so He could autograph my book. wow! I also got all the main characters signatures. anyhow. so, i love the music. And Everything and Anything to do with the Phantom--The soundtrack is a MUST HAVE