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Les Miserables Live! - Dream The Dream
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|Audio CD, Double CD, 11 September 2010||
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm; 217.72 Grams
- Manufacturer : Ais
- Original Release Date : 2010
- Run time : 2 hours and 15 minutes
- Label : Ais
- ASIN : B003Y73F6W
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 84,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Original Cast recording from 2010's new 20th Anniversary production of the classic musical based on Victor Hugo's novel. This recording features John Owen Jones voted the best ever Jean Valjean by worldwide fans of the show, Earl Carpenter as Javert and Gareth Gates as Marius.
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I was relieved to see that Marius was given to Gareth Gates and not the appalling Nick Jonas - who ever thought he could do justice to the part? - the cast of students must have looked at Jonas with amazement, any one of them is far more talented and worthy.
Jean Valjean? Alfie Boe has my heart.
Finally, the orchestration - superb, as always, the audience roar of appreciation and anticipation when the first notes boom out sends a chill down my spine every time I listen to it!
The recording has the most life, and puts you in a seat at a live performance, and John Owen Jones as Valjean has the mastery and the emotional delivery to make him the best Valjean in the recorded history of the show.
Earl Carpenter's Javert is excellent too, and I really enjoyed Rosalind James' unusual take on Eponine. It has an informal, intimate quality. Gareth Gates' Marius is earnest, solid, if not outstanding.
And the new orchestration is far superior to the original version.
The only downside? Madalena Alberto as Fantine. Expert but reserved. I Dreamed A Dream feels impersonal, like it's sung to an audience, not to herself. Therein lies the trick to that piece, imo; it's a complete bearing of the soul. That's how Anne Hathaway nailed it.
It all adds up to the best of the versions on CD.