Les Miserables [Red Ink Complete Symphonic Recording Box]

Les Miserables [Red Ink Complete Symphonic Recording Box]

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Les Miserables [Red Ink Complete Symphonic Recording Box]

Originally conceived as a simple recording production, Les Miserables evolved quickly into one of the premiere theatre events of the 1980s. Theatrically on par with Phantom of the Opera, Les Miz is drawn from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The story chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, a simple Frenchman who was arrested as a youth for stealing a loaf of bread. After serving five years for that crime, as well as an additional 14 for attempted escape, Valjean is released on parole. Upon changing his name and eluding his parole officer, Valjean becomes the surrogate father of a young girl and a mayor as the French Revolution sets in. As the war rages, he finds that he cannot change the man he is. Les Miserables is typical of theatre in the '80s, with extravagant effects and large, full cast numbers. The beautiful score is brimming with emotion and humor, including such memorable and noteworthy songs as "Look Down," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "Bring Him Home," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and the ubiquitous "On My Own." The international studio cast includes members from the London, Broadway, and Tokyo productions and was recorded at three different locations. Often referred to as the "symphonic" recording, this is far more complete than other releases. Instead of just two discs containing the major numbers, this three-disc collection covers the entire show, and its 1999 remastered reissue features bonus video clips from productions around the world. For Les Miserables fanatics, this is a definite must.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2004
Label: First Night (Red)
UPC: 0766927338724
catalogNumber: 73387
Rank: 11622

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Cruz Smith   cast
Gary Morris   Track Performer,cast
Stephen Hill   cast
Paul Badley   cast
Kay Cole   cast
Michelle Fine   cast
Simon Grant   cast
Olive Simpson   cast
Michael Ball   cast
David Alder   cast
Mary Carewe   cast
John Barr   cast
Tim Bowman   cast
Keith Burns   cast
Martin Koch   Musical Direction
Gary Beach   cast
Graham Bickley   cast
Stephen Breithaupt   cast
Ulrika Butt   cast
Ken Caswell   cast
Kenny d'Aquila   cast
Tricia Deighton   cast
Susie Fenwick   cast
Michael Fitchew   cast
Paul Heggarty   cast
Gary Huddlestone   cast
Glynn Kerslake   cast
Wendy Pollock   cast
Peter Polycarpou   cast
Philip Quast   cast
Caroline Quentin   cast
Kaho Shimada   cast
Gareth Snook   cast
Gay Soper   cast
Bruce Winant   cast
Nick Holder   cast
Michael Dore   cast
Siân Reeves   cast
Myra Sands   cast
Karen Broughton   cast
James Head   cast
Jolyon Baker   cast
Jackie Marks   cast
Jill Martin   cast
Aline Mowat   cast
Barry James   cast
Jordan Bennett   cast
Debbie Byrne   cast
Mary-Louise Clark   cast
Rex Taylor Craig   cast
David Delve   cast
Ian Dring   cast
Marissa Dunlop   cast
Leon Ferguson   cast
Julian Forsyth   cast
Don Gallagher   cast
Peter Gantenbein   cast
Graham Gill   cast
Sharon Halliday   cast
Mary Hammond   cast
Liza Haydon   cast
Rich Herbert   cast
Reece Holland   cast
James Francis Johnson   cast
Grace Kinirons   cast
Beverly Klein   cast
Ross McCall   cast
Becky Norman   cast
Tony Pedretti   cast
Holly Russell   cast
Jenna Russell   cast
Raymond Saar   cast
Tracy Shayne   cast
Paula Simpson   cast
William Solo   cast
Mandy Travis   cast
Clive Walton   cast
Elizabeth Watts   cast
Anthony Warlowe   cast
Jacqueline Barron   cast
Laura Hamilton   cast
Jean Gilbert   cast

Technical Credits

Alain Boublil   Text
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer
Andy Bruce   Engineer
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
Jean-Marc Natel   Text
Cameron Mackintosh   Producer
Trevor Nunn   Director,Adaptation
John Caird   Director,Adaptation
Andreane Neofitou   Costume Design
James Fenton   Material

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Les Miserables [Relativity Complete Symphonic Recording] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording was made years before the int'l 10th Anniv cast. Those unfamiliar with with country singer Gary Morris will be astonished by how excellent his Valjean is. Probably the best of all the Les Miz recordings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I love this musical. The story line is so tuching, and the music is so beautiful. This is a great CD to listen to, not to mention a must have for all theatre lovers.