The Phantom of the Opera [Original London Cast Recording]

The Phantom of the Opera [Original London Cast Recording]

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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2001
Label: Decca Broadway
UPC: 0731454392822
catalogNumber: 543928
Rank: 1701

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] 4.9 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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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
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'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 first saw the Phantom when I was six years old and it changed my life forever. It opened my eyes to all kinds of music and now being fifteen I am the only one in my school (other than teachers and girls) that likes the phantom. I didnt have the pleasure of seeing the original cast but my older sister did =( , But after listening to the whole thing through I close my eyes and its almost like im seeing the original cast. For anyone who is a phantom fan I wouldnt hesitate to buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those people who do not know, Andrew Llyod Webber wrote these songs for Sarah Brightman "then his wife". There is no one who sings them as well as she and there never be anyone who sings them that well. I recently saw the movie and was very disappointed with the quality of the vocals. Sarah is still the best there is even after these years.
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 been my favorit show on broadway. This music really brings back those memories.
Maureen749 More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of my families favorite soundtracks. Whether it's by the light of the candleabra poolside or the gentle rocking of the water sitting in the middle of the bay...the quiet solitude of the starry sky, the easy conversation of memories shared and the wonderful sound of this music in the air...makes for quite the magical evening!
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
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
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
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
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
After reviewing Phantom after a long absence, it amazing what comes to the ear. With the movie coming out, it has brought a lot of peoples attention to it again. I liked the movie itself, and Emmy Rossum has a sweet voice, but not the vocal range I think most Phan's expected. Sarah Brightman still rules as this C.D. can proof. I actually liked the movie Raouls voice better, which I admit suprised me. Gerard Butler acted and sang the part with a bit more harshness than M.C. though. Gerard Butlers voice sometimes came through slured and biting on the ears, while Michaels still comes through with pure clarity. Even without the visuals, his voice pulls you to actually invision it. Which is why Phantom is now the longest running on Broadway. Whichever version is prefered by people, it's the musicals underlying beauty that will always win over hearts.
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
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
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 have had a love for the phantom of the opera ever since I saw the trailer for the 2004 version and I have been hooked. The music and the way it is sung is by far the best out of all the musicals I have ever seen(4) I find myself huming the music all day long. This truly is a good CD worth your investment
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)