- アーティスト: The London Orchestra/Simon Lee
The arrangers of these Andrew Lloyd Webber works aspire to carry on the operatic tradition of Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner by transforming his vocal compositions into independent instrumental pieces. But the music's origin in theater and film is unmistakable, and the transitions between the tunes and sections are pretty bumpy. Phantasia combines material from both the stage and movie versions of The Phantom of the Opera in a double concerto which showcases a virtuoso violinist and cellist with brilliant cadenzas, runs, and soaring stratospheric flights. It also casts them as the play's protagonists in ardently passionate love duets. Although the cello part was written for the composer's brother, who plays it very well, Sarah Chang easily steals the show, especially in this technically and tonally stunning, all-out performance. The two soloists play with and off each other, projecting an infectious sense of sheer exuberant enjoyment. The Woman in White Suite conveys the spooky as well as the pastoral and passionate elements of Collins's gothic mystery story and features dances in various styles: straight and parodistic waltzes and tangos and jazzy rhythms. The composer's orchestrations are lush, veering between whispers and crashes, so keep a finger on the volume control. --Edith Eisler
Full title...Phantasia..The Woman in White Suite. As seen on the 'Classical Brit Awards 2005' (BBC UK). Phantasia... A Stunning new orchestral work based on themes from Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash-hit musical The Phantom of the Opera, with solists Julian Llyod Weber and Sarah Chang. EMI. 2005.
It is a very well written, very enjoyable double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. Whether you are familiar with Phantom of the Opera or not, you will enjoy it. If you are familiar with the musical, you will recognise all the main songs from the musical and you may even find yourself singing along to the music!
The way the 'songs' are arranged for cello and violin and the way they are linked together is fantastic and the pace is just right, it keeps you hooked for the whole half an hour (or just over), from the dramatic opening (which must be exceptionally difficult to play for both the cellist and the violinist!!) to the bitter-sweet ending.
Both Julian Lloyd Webber and Sarah Chang give a flawless performance here and prove the world class musicians they are.
Really hope to be able to hear it performed live again.
You often hear that classical music is a form of art that can express human feelings, from fear to love, from anger to joy, from sadness to hope .....well, you will find all of these feelings in here. Enjoy.
As for the second part, the Woman in White Suite, I am still quite unfamiliar with the Woman in white musical, but found it almost as enjoyable as the Poto Suite. Worth every penny and would recommend it to anyone. Lovely music that takes out of yourself for a while, and gives you the chance to relive the wondeful moments of the shows.
The Woman in White suite is indeed a precious tune as well. All in all, I can go one full day with this album being repeatedly played non-stop.
The first time you listen, you might be confused at the order in which the songs are presented, but you'll get used to it quickly. There are no separate tracks, it's a single long piece. (The second track on the CD is a similar arrangement of music for ALW's "The Woman in White".)
This music is haunting at times, inspiring at times, and always, always beautiful! The violin and cellos weave around each other, telling the story of Christine and her Angel of Music -- a story of love, betrayal, and courage. It's perfect to listen to while you drive, or cook, or sew, or draw, or relax in bed. Even while you're reading Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera"!
Whether you're a lover of violin and cello music, or a PotO fan, you'll enjoy this CD.
In addition there is a suite of "Woman in White" music. This score is not thrilling on the cast album, but on this recording, it is extremely beautiful. It restores ALW to the position of the master theatrical composer.
This CD is a real treasure.
While this music is beautifully performed my only complaint is I would have preferred the violin music to be less choppy and more linear; otherwise I am very pleased with this performance.
As for the Woman in White track... not really worth listening to, but the Phantom track really makes the CD and I gave it a 5 star rating just for that...
I wasnt satisfied with the WiW suite. =S *Things left out*
As of the PotO part, it was very nice actually. I was pleased but my hand grew tired from pressing the Fast forward button on certain parts.
One thing was that I hoped to hear more of masqurade, as in the ending credits and less DUUUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUUUUN!! Which was almost everywhere. I would of found it appealing if they played most of the song and not the..well you know that part. XD
It was sadly...annoying. U_U Im a pathetic Phanton Phan.*Hangs head in shame* BUT THATS WHAT THE FAST FORWARD BUTTON Is For. ^___^
When masqurade came on, which is my favorite, I hoped for more and instead got more...DUUNNNN dun. It was just sad b/c it was cut short. It would of sounded nicer w/o the *DUNNN DUN DUN DUN DUNN*
But luckily I favored most of the music of the PotO suite. More should of been done and less could of been taken out. Some other suites I heard flowed More nicely and I didnt have to fast foward through them, but thats my personal PoV.^_^