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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All Music Guide - Tavia Hobart
This is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most highly acclaimed productions. The two-disc set comes with a booklet that has not only the lyrics, but also the dialog and stage directions. Sarah Brightman appears as Christine Daae (the heroine) and Michael Crawford as the Phantom. It's also available in a one-disc "highlights" version.

Product Details

Release Date:
Decca Broadway


Disc 1

  1. Prologue
  2. Overture
  3. Think of Me
  4. Angel of Music
  5. Little Lotte... / The Mirror (Angel of Music)
  6. The Phantom of the Opera
  7. The Music of the Night
  8. I Remember... / Stranger Than You Dreamt It...
  9. Magical Lasso...
  10. Notes... / Prima Donna
  11. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh
  12. Why Have You Brought Me Here... / Raoul, I've Been There...
  13. All I Ask of You
  14. All I Ask of You (Reprise)

Disc 2

  1. Entr'Acte
  2. Masquerade / Why So Silent...
  3. Notes... / Twisted Every Way...
  4. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
  5. Wandering Child... / Bravo, Monsieur...
  6. The Point of No Return
  7. Down Once More... / Track Down This Murderer...

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist
Michael Crawford   Vocals,cast
Sarah Brightman   Vocals,cast
Steve Barton   Vocals,Actor,cast
Rosemary Ashe   Vocals,cast
David Firth   Vocals,cast
Janos Kurucz   Vocals,cast
Janet Devenish   Vocals
John Savident   Vocals
Phantom of the Opera Cast Ensemble   cast
John Aron   Vocals
Michael Reed   Conductor
Mary Millar   Vocals
Laurie Lewis   Violin
Rod Argent   Keyboards
Keith Marshall   Oboe,Cor anglais
Graham Ashton   Trumpet
Stan Barrett   Percussion
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
Chris Gradwell   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Ken Hogg   Violin
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

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Book,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Mike Batt   Lyricist
Charles Hart   Composer,Lyricist
Martin Levan   Engineer
Richard Stilgoe   Composer,Lyricist,Book
Sheila Bromberg   Contributor
David Cullen   Orchestration
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. 86 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw it, and though it wasn't with Michael Crawford as the Phantom, it was awesome! I love the soundtrack, I can recite anything the Phantom says in the songs by memory¿seeing as there's only a few things he says out of the songs¿but, when I got this soundtrack, I became a Phantom Phan(phan is supposed to be spelled that way)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw The Phantom of the Opera in Feb. 1997-and from then on, I love it! I still get the chills. If anyone hasn't seen it live, I highly suggest it. A memory that will carry on for a life time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am completely and thoroughly addicted to this CD. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman are absolutely phenomenal as the Phantom and Christine - although they are merely performing Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece. This is truly his best work, and anyone who listens is sure to adore it and listen over . . . and over . . . and over . . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge POTO fan.I listen to the music, sing along to it,play some of the songs on the piano and the flute.I've read the original novel and Susan Kay's interpretation and thought it was beautifully written and very exquisite in every way.And ever since Christmas '94,since I first got POTO highlights from the musical,my life is so much richer.I remember when I first unwrapped the present,I wasn't exactly too thrilled.But after I saw the musical for the very first time,I fell in love with everything about it.The music,the costumes, the scenery,the special effects,the acting, the characters,the pain,the misery,the magic, and of course,the romance between the Phantom and Christine.I didn't quite understand the story,except that a man lived beneath an opera house in Paris and had his face covered in a white mask.He was obsessed with a girl by the name of Christine,who unfortunately, seemed to love another man named Raoul.But after doing some research,I started to fully understand the story.The second time I saw the musical wasn't until October '99.The second time I saw it,Howard McGillin was ''The Phantom'' and ''Christine'' was played by Adrienne McEwan.The first time it was Davis Gaines as ''The Phantom'' and Tracy Shayne as ''Christine''.Ever since Christmas '99,I've been getting POTO related items including perfume,musicboxes,waterglobes,books,and CDs.
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
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
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
This is my all time favorite CD.I reccomend it if you saw the show I reccomend it if you didn't.I'm telling you once you listen to the whole CD, 1 and 2, you will not want to return it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love - love - love - love - love - love - love - love - love - love - love - love! I can't think of anything else to say...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatset musical ever to be on broadway. It was a joy to watch and an even greater joy to relive thhe moments from the musical with this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 went and seen the Phantom of the opera a long time ago. And this cd reminds me so much of how wonderful it is. Everytime I listen to it, it's like reliving the whole experiance all over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and I heard the title song POTO. Well, as being very young I liked it, but I was afraid of it. My sister finally right after christmas bought this cd, and when I first heard it, I loved it! I now take it with me everywhere, and I listen to it EVERYDAY! Over the last 3 months, I have heard it over 60 times, never get tired of it, I sing it alot, and I think this is one of ALW's best romantic cd's and one of his best....I only hope he sees Michael Crawford's voice once more, and think about casting him in the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It will make you swoon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love phantom! My 5th grade teacher Mrs. Ardiuini got me into phantom. i am going to see the show. Thank you Mrs. Ardiuini!!!!!!!!
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
its an awesome listen
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
This music is entrancing. It's just Brilliant. Even if you've never seen the play, you'll love just listening...over and over and over...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the Phantom of the Opera, and I've never even seen it performed! This CD is awesome. I listen to it over and over and I still love it! The music is amazing! If you've never read the book by Gaston Leroux, it's very good as well.