Une "découverte" pour moi; même si les musiques réveillaient un écho en moi....et pour cause le spectacle français des années 80, dont je ne gardais en souvenir conscient que "je suis tombé par terre..." de Gavroche. grandiose
Je possédais déjà le double vinyle qui était sorti au tout début et je viens de me faire plaisir avec la bande son du film de 2012. Je ne le regrette pas. Lorsque j'écoute tous ces merveilleuses chansons, très bien interprétées en outre, je suis à nouveau gagnée par l'émotion qui m'a envahie lorsque j'ai vu ce film au cinéma. Du pur plaisir!
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An Adequate Recording of Les Miserables20 mars 2013
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This is a comparative review of the Deluxe Recording of the Movie Soundtrack of Les Miserables Les Misérables: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with the four best of the recordings of the musical, the Original London Cast (OLC), Les Misérables - Original London Cast Recording; the Original Broadway Cast (OBC), Les Miserables (1987 Original Broadway Cast); the Complete Symphonic Recording (CSR), Les Miserables Complete Symphonic Recording; and the 10th Anniversary Edition (10th Anniv.), Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert. After listening several times to each recording, I would rank the Deluxe Version of the Soundtrack below all of the recordings of the musical. The Soundtrack version has the advantage of more songs than the two original cast recordings, but has three substantial flaws that cause me to lower it's rank. First many of the songs are substantially cut, and unfortunately in many cases the cuts occur in the middle of the songs. None of the other versions has a mid-song cut. It is an execrable decision that ruins several of the songs. Second, the thing that shocked me next most in listening to this recording is the lack of intensity that the singers brought to most of the songs. There are some exceptions (such as Anne Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream", and Hugh Jackman's "Bring Him Home"). Russell Crowe is particularly guilty of this flaw, but none of the singers escapes this altogether. It's particularly surprising given the intensity these actors brought to the acting of the roles. Finally, there is a delicate balance in all musical dramas, whether they are films, operas or Broadway musicals. This is the balance between being a singing actor (in which the acting has primacy) or an acting singer (in which the singing has primacy). All of the musical recordings have balanced the two extremes well, but the Soundtrack is far toward the acting end, and in most cases fails to do justice to the score.
What is my overall ranking of the other versions? For me the lowest ranking is the OLC, simply because the Javert fails to keep in tune in his two critical songs, "Stars", and "Javert's Suicide". Next is the Broadway Cast. The Javert is better, and the rest of the cast is strong, but there are too many songs left out, and there are places that the cast could be better. The best sung is the 10th Anniversary recording, which retains much of the cast of the two original recordings, but has the incomparable Philip Quast as Javert. It also has Lea Salonga as Eponine, the finest of the Eponine's on record. However it will be marred for some because, as a live performance, it does include applause from an enthusiastic audience. It also has the minor drawback that, because it is limited to two (very full) disks, some material that is valuable had to be left out. The other top recording is the CSR. It is the most complete, with two full disks, and a third disk with an extra 20 minutes of material. It is not quite as well sung in parts as the 10th Anniv, but all of the performances are still strong, and the completeness is admirable.
In summary, if you want a complete recording, buy the CSR. If you want the best sung, and you can deal with the applause, the 10th Anniv.
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Not "complete", but still great...19 mars 2013
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While I'll admit to being relatively new to the world of Les Mis, having listened to and compared all three major cast recordings (London, Broadway, and this one), there is no question that the 2012 film soundtrack is the definitive version. While there will be many who disagree with me on this point, in my mind, it is about as close to perfect as a musical album can be, and the fact that it was all recorded live makes it even better.
I won't attempt to give a long, in-depth review of the film, the story, or music itself, but rather illuminate what makes this CD different from its predecessors.
As everyone probably knows by now, 99% percent of the vocals were recorded live as opposed to in a studio. This gives the album a rawness and virility not usually heard in cast albums, and certainly not ones from movie musicals. The songs, being sung by actors, take on a more natural and less "stagey" sound, which certainly helps heighten the feelings within the music, and makes them pack a far harder emotional wallop. This is the first musical album I've ever listened to that honestly brought me to tears. While one's opinion of what makes a great singer is incredibly subjective, I found the whole cast to have uniformly good voices, with no one seeming too out of place that they completely ruined it for me; and to anyone who complains that so-and-so doesn't sound as good as they should have, I'd like to know how good their voice would sound after 12 hours of continuous singing!
As with any kind of adaptation, there are going to be obvious differences between the old and the new, but here many of the changes are good ones: new arrangements, new incidental scoring by Schonberg, a new song for Valjean, and some extra dialogue. Avid fans of the stageshow might bridle at the cutting of certain lyrics, or the rearrangement of several pieces, both for clarity and time, but these are very minor qualms when you take into account the fact that the pros vastly outweigh the cons.
Unlike the previously released Highlights album, this set has ALL the major songs, including "Who Am I?" and "A Little Fall Of Rain", as well as extended versions of the "Epilogue" and "In My Life", among others. My only complaint is that this isn't a "complete" recording--i.e., a few sections of sung-through dialogue written for the film are strangely absent, and a few songs, most notably the "Work Song" are truncated from how they are heard on screen. Being a two-disc set, I don't really understand this, as there is ample space left on both discs to include the omissions I mentioned above, but, I guess you can't have it all.
Despite this flaw, I recommend this set very highly, as well as the Highlights (the cut of "Stars" is done better on that CD than this one).
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Great Album...Could Have Fixed things Though...19 mars 2013
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I loved how they added basically all the songs on the album, but I was kind of disappointed at both the casing of the CDs themselves and the editing. The album itself is made of cardboard...were we too cheap to use normal CD casing? Idk, but it seems cheap looking, but I guess it pays off for all the songs. That's what I want to stab at next. Although I love the songs and the singing, how come some of the editing seems halfa**ed? "On My Own" sounds so amazing and perfect, yet the song cuts off on her last note and is played in the next song, "One Day More." We listen to 30 seconds of the workwomen fighting in "At the End of the Day" and yet they cut off Fantine's solo singing to the foreman.
I am pretty happy that "Do You Hear the People Sing" and "A Little Fall of Rain" are on this though
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Excellent album, but here's what's missing...10 mai 2013
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Sorry for the very long review, but I felt I should give my (almost) complete thoughts and analysis. The first two paragraphs are my analysis and thoughts on the music itself and the last part is what I find wrong with it (what's missing). If I were you I'd probably just look over the last section to see what isn't there. As far as the product itself goes, it arrived quickly and while I'm not a fan of the paper case (which requires some struggling to open), I haven't had any issues with the quality of the CDs.
First off, let me start by saying that this music is some of my favorite and I have almost no complaints about the music itself. We all probably know how amazing it is, but I'll add my thoughts just because. I feel the movie version of Les Mis surpasses all other versions partly because it's not attached to any strict tempo which allows for more emotion in the voices and a much more natural feel. What we're hearing is what we're seeing when we watch the movie--the actors are being recorded live as they're acting, which means they can get into the moment and convey much more feeling. As a result, the orchestration is also more fluid and is much richer. The redone orchestrations are very stirring and more diverse, with tiny nuances which, if you listen for them, are oftentimes more beautiful than the melodies. Unlike the slightly more repetitively orchestrated previous versions, these orchestrations are always changing and dynamic. As an example, if you just listen closely to the instruments in "I Dreamed a Dream," and you can catch the lilting harp accompaniment, gorgeous solo violin parts, melancholy English horn lines, in addition to stunning orchestra swells that you don't always pay attention to. Also, one of my favorite additions is the strings/woodwinds in the second verse of "Stars" which perfectly tie in and are some of the more beautiful parts in the movie. Listening to that will hugely increase your appreciation of the music.
Having said enough about the instrumentation, I'll throw out my opinion on the vocals. First off, probably the most debated voice is that of Hugh Jackman. Jackman, in my opinion, is an absolutely fantastic actor but a rather mediocre singer. In fact, the first time I heard his voice I was disappointed. It's very raw and unfiltered sounding, but after a while it's really grown on me. The reason is because it's so dripping with emotion. I just listened to his performance of "Valjean's Soliloquy" on this CD, which I originally didn't care for, and it nearly put a lump in my throat with how emotional and intense it was! So if you don't like his voice now, you might later. Moving on, Russell Crowe is the best Javert by far. His voice is so rich and powerful without coming across as harsh like Philip Quast's voice is (to me). Anne Hathaway was an excellent Fantine, and I think that's mutually agreed by everyone. Even the critical reviews I've read of the movie all had to admit she did a fantastic job. Her emotion was present not only in "I Dreamed" but I (once again) almost got a lump in my throat from hearing her in "Fantine's Arrest" and "Fantine's Death." Despite what people say about Amanda Seyfried's voice, I think she did a very nice job as Cossette. Yes it's laden with vibrato, but for once I actually didn't mind the vibrato. All in all, I think she has a very pretty voice. Eddie Redmayne also has a very bold, pleasant voice. And finally, Samantha Barks is probably the best Eponine. While Lea Salonga was certainly an excellent singer, I think Samantha Barks is better, by a slim margin. To me it sounds like her voice is purer and more pleasant.
However, despite how much I love this album, I'd actually give it 4.5 stars if I could. As was mentioned by several reviewers before, this is not a complete recordings. Some of the songs are chopped down, other bits of singing were totally omitted, which I thought was kind of disappointing. It might seem nitpicky because it doesn't really affect the listening pleasure quite so much, but as a hobby I'm an arranger/transcriber and I'd like to have access to all of the soundtrack for those purposes. Listening to the album, I can pinpoint where much of the music is missing and I personally would have liked this info when I purchased it. So, while I certainly haven't discovered everything which is missing, this is some of what I've found (if you catch anything I haven't, feel free to tell me in the comments):
Disk 1: -Track 1: Probably one of the most obvious and disappointing, Look Down has been cut in the middle; much of the body of the verse is totally gone (all of the convicts' part), and so is the second playing of the orchestra fanfare when Valjean retrieves the flag for Javert. However, this track did include the beautiful oboe-laden part when Valjean is "free" and starting to travel (Which accounts for the extra time, the rest is the same as the Highlights album). -Track 2: The music accompanying Valjean on parole and the entire section where he is welcomed by the bishop is missing. All this has is when he's caught by the guards and the bishop shows his compassion. -Track 4: Some is cut including Fantine's plea to the foreman after "Monsieur le Maire" leaves. -All of the times Valjean and Javert talk (well, sing) to each other while Valjean is the Mayor is gone, most notably the whole part where Valjean rescues M. Fauchelevent by pulling up the cart. I really liked the sound of the melody where Javert says "Can this be true? I don't believe what I'm seeing," but that's all missing. -Track 7: The parts where M. Bamatabois confronts Javert and tries to get Fantine arrested (and when she pleads) isn't there, it starts when Valjean intervenes. -Track 8: The confrontation where Javert confesses to Valjean is missing. -Track 13: The reprise of "I Dreamed a Dream" where Valjean relays to the Thenardiers that he will take Cosette is gone, it starts right from his first encounter with Cosette to the Waltz of Treachery. -(Track 18-ish) The parts where Eponine and Marius converse is gone, including when Marius begs her to find Cosette and she has a brief soliloquy -(Track 22-ish) The attack on the Rue Plumet scene is gone, including where Valjean hurriedly leaves with Cosette. That's all I could find for now for disk 1. Disk 2: -When Valjean enters the barricade and all of his parts (including his receipt of Marius's letter) before "Bring Him Home" (Track 7) are all absent, including when he lets Javert go. I was disappointed at the entire omission of that critical moment. -Track 8: Though this isn't an omission, I wanted to include how relieved I was when they DID include the part where the sergeant confronted those at the barricade. I love that bit of singing, and I was afraid that it was going to be missing when I got the album, but thankfully it's not. -The end credits suite is missing! There's plenty of room on the second disk for that, but it's totally gone. The suite is especially beautiful and I have no clue as to why it's omitted. Really, that's all I have to say about Disk 2, which says a lot in how there's not much gone.
So would I recommend this? Without a doubt. If you're debating about purchasing this and can't decide because some content is gone, let me say it's certainly worth it, even if you have the Highlights album already. The missing content isn't too great and doesn't overshadow how much more is there. It's a minor regret. Especially if you're a Les Mis fan, this incredible album is essential to have.
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Beware: Some songs shortened19 mars 2013
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First off, let me say I love the movie and its music. I bought the original "Highlights" soundtrack and couldn't wait for this "Deluxe" version to be released. I was very disappointed, though, when it arrived and I found that it contains some of the same truncated versions of the songs that were on the "Highlights" soundtrack, starting with the opening song, "Look Down." What, are they going to release a "Super Deluxe" version in a few months that gives you the full version that was in the movie? Not cool.
Still, all the music that's here is outstanding... it's great to finally own "Do You Hear the People Sing?" "Paris/Look Down" and so many other awesome songs. Just be aware that some of them are cut short, which is really tough to justify in a "Deluxe" 2-disc soundtrack.