The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
To describe Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Phantom of the Opera, the tale of a disfigured musical genius' obsession with a young soprano based on Gaston Leroux's early 20th century novel, as a phenomenon would be something of an understatement. Since its West End premiere in 1986, it has been seen by around 130 million people, earned both Tony and Olivier awards for Best Musical, and amassed a staggering five billion dollars worldwide at the box office. Celebrating its momentous achievement, this unique recording of its 25th anniversary show at London's Royal Albert Hall shows exactly why it's become such an institution, from the horror movie organs and haunting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
To describe Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Phantom of the Opera, the tale of a disfigured musical genius' obsession with a young soprano based on Gaston Leroux's early 20th century novel, as a phenomenon would be something of an understatement. Since its West End premiere in 1986, it has been seen by around 130 million people, earned both Tony and Olivier awards for Best Musical, and amassed a staggering five billion dollars worldwide at the box office. Celebrating its momentous achievement, this unique recording of its 25th anniversary show at London's Royal Albert Hall shows exactly why it's become such an institution, from the horror movie organs and haunting synths of the iconic "Overture," to the glass-shattering vocals and dramatic melodies of the anthemic title number, to the emotive balladry of "The Music of the Night." Featuring all 22 songs from the 2011 Cameron Mackintosh-produced show, which starred Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom, Sierra Boggess as Christine, and Hadley Fraser as Raoul, the first official West End cast recording since 2000 is certainly comprehensive. But while the passages of dialogue on "Think of Me" and "Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh" may transmit well to its accompanying DVD, they feel slightly redundant here, and the constant applause, particularly the four-minute standing ovation that ends "Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer," suggests more extensive use of an editor would have been appreciated. Fans who were lucky enough to see the show in person may also be disappointed that the star turn from its most renowned leading lady, Sarah Brightman, on the "Grand Finale" has been strangely omitted, even though the lengthy congratulatory speech from Lloyd Webber himself remains fully intact. An accomplished and impressively performed tribute it may be, then, but those wanting to relive its most glorious moments may find themselves pressing the fast-forward button far more often than was necessary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 602527844916
  • Catalog Number: 001643802
  • Sales rank: 937

Album Credits

Performance Credits
A. L. Webber Primary Artist, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Michael Crawford Vocals
Sarah Brightman Vocals
Ellen Jackson Vocals
Anthony Inglis Conductor
Colm Wilkinson Vocals
Peter Land Vocals
Claire Moore Vocals
Wynne Evans Vocals
Simon Green Vocals
Rosemary Ashe Vocals
David Firth Vocals
Andrew Halliday Vocals
Janos Kurucz Vocals
Anthony Warlow Vocals
Jill Washington Vocals
Nick Holder Vocals
Liz Robertson Vocals
Philip Griffiths Vocals
Barry James Vocals
Nicola Keen Vocals
Heather Jackson Vocals
Maria Kesselman Vocals
Peter Bishop Vocals
Peter Jöback Vocals
Ramin Karimloo Vocals
John Owen-Jones Vocals
Janet Devenish Vocals
John Savident Vocals
Patricia Richards Vocals
Phantom of the Opera Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Sierra Boggess Vocals
Patricia Merrin Vocals
Dinah Jones Vocals
Lynn Jezzard Vocals
Paul Arden Griffith Vocals
Barry Clark Vocals
Justin Church Vocals
Sally Ashfield Vocals
Earl Carpenter Vocals
Hadley Fraser Vocals
Garðar Thór Cortes Vocals
Phantom of the Opera Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Janet Howd Vocals
Mick Oxtoby Vocals
Wendy Ferguson Vocals
Stephen John Davis Vocals
Sergei Palunin Vocals
Gareth Snooks Vocals
Daisy Maywood Vocals
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Book
David Cullen Orchestration
Charles Hart Lyricist
Richard Stilgoe Lyricist, Book
Nigel Wright Producer
Cameron Mackintosh Liner Notes
Michael Parnin Pro-Tools
Ian Dyckhoff Sound Manager
Paul Chandler Pro-Tools
Ronan Phelan Pro-Tools
Laurence Connor Stage Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Exceptional, Music From The Movie

    Out of all the recordings of Phantom Of The Opera this is my favorite.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 2, 2012

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