Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies [Cast Recording]

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies [Cast Recording]

by A. L. Webber

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Overview

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies is the long-awaited sequel to the Phantom of the Opera. Phantom is the most successful musical in Broadway history and has been seen by 100 million people. Riding the coattails of that record, Love Never Dies premieres in London in March 2010 and opens on Broadway eight months later, in November.

The Deluxe Edition of the album includes a DVD with interview and other footage, as well as a 40-page booklet.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2010
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0602527247939
catalogNumber: 001403502
Rank: 12232

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist
Gareth Valentine   Conductor
Simon Lee   Conductor
Sally Dexter   Vocals
Ramin Karimloo   Vocals
Sierra Boggess   Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Book
David Cullen   Orchestration
Marius de Vries   Producer,Orchestration,Choir Arrangement
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Glenn Slater   Lyricist
Nigel Wright   Producer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Rolf Wilson   Orchestra Leader
Ben Elton   Book
Yvie Burnett   Vocal Coach
Yann McCullough   Pro-Tools
Matt Robertson   Orchestration,Choir Arrangement
Paul Chandler   Pro-Tools

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies [Cast Recording] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, I didn't expect to be dazzled by this sequel to the brilliant Phantom of the Opera, but I certainly didn't expect it to be this awful. Lloyd Webber's musical stylings skip all over the place for this one, from rock (The Beauty Underneath), tacky vaudeville (Bathing Beauty) to the cliched love ballad (Love Never Dies). Lyrics are awful (there are apparently NO other ways to say "beautiful"), personalities seem to have been warped completely from the beloved characters of the original (Raoul's a drunk? Mme. Giry's constant verbal abuse of Meg?). I enjoyed the vocal performances, but the material is just terrible. Should have bought 'Till I Hear You Sing' and 'Devil Take the Hindmost' by themselves; they're the only ones I really enjoyed. Truly a disappointment from Webber.
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cally27 More than 1 year ago
I loved the music! It continues to echo in my mind. A great ending to the Phantom saga.
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JOANNAFL More than 1 year ago
I felt right THERE- Sung with such SOUL! It answered questions Phantom Of The Opera left hanging. So true to it's word: LOVE NEVER DIES!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I found out there was a sequel to Phantom! All the music is great. Andrew Llyod Weber has done it again. The man opening on the West End as the Phantom, Rahim Karimloo, has an amazing voice. It is so soulful. Sierra Boggess, the West End opener as Christine, is extremely talented and has been performing for years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed it! And i know what people are saying about the plot and all, but the music is very well put together. At times there were those bits that sounded out of place, but other than that i thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend this to any Phantom fan, or any fan of musicals...you won't be disappointed!
Sashaaaaaaaaaa More than 1 year ago
I have had this album playing continuously for days now. I can't stop listening!! Where to begin?!? When I heard Webber was writing a sequel to Phantom (one of my favs), I was excited to say the least, but I had my doubts. How could you sequel such a classic? Well, Webber has certainly exceeded expectations!! Karimloo and Boggess (Erik and Christine, respectively) have probably the greatest chemistry of any Phantom/Christine duo. And Liz Robertson (Madame Giry), such power!! Incredible!!! In case you're wondering, my favorite songs are "Beneath a Moonlit Sky" and "The Beauty Underneath." "Look With Your Heart" is up there, too. The intro to "Devil Take the Hindmost," where the Phantom walks up to Raoul, gives me chills just thinking about it, though I don't like the idea of them betting over Christine. I love "Once Upon Another Time," too, but I can't listen to it too much. It makes my heart ache...
LBttown More than 1 year ago
When at first hearing of the idea of a sequel to the greatest musical ever written I was at first skeptical. How can one follow up a great success that is Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera?" Well Sir Webber you have achieved success. "Love Never Dies" is a stand alone work. It cannot be compared to the original because the story has moved on-even into a new world. All the passion and intensity these two principal characters (the Phantom and Christine) have for one another is very much alive. The performances are fantastic. The pure vocal quality of Sierra Boggess (Christine) and the mysterious allure of Ramin Karimloo (the Phantom) is a masterpiece of two voices combining to create a colorful canvass of pure artistry. When listening to the recording for the first time I do recommend reading the included libretto along with the music and allow yourself to envision yourself within the story. The orchestral interludes are full of rich harmonies. The opening alto flute solo is very haunting but gives a gorgeous overtone of what is to come. Enjoy "Love Never Dies" and do not compare to original. Allow this story to be its own chapter in the overall story that is "The Phantom of the Opera"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, if there was ever a disappointment in a sequel, this was it. I don't think there was one song from the soundtrack I liked. The beautiful melodies of "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You" and "Masquerade" are gone. What is here is a hodge-podge of styles, no depth, and no character. I wasn't sure if I was listening to "Chicago," "Barnum" or a caliope at the carnival. I give this album two-thumbs down. Not what I expected from Sir Andrew at all. I will be interested to see how the staged production is received. Visuals are great but a score and characters you can be attracted to have to be present. After listening to it (twice, actually), all I can say is, "that's it?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took a couple of times listening through to fully understand the story and the players, but once done, the enjoyment began. You need to take a leap of faith and accept that the Phantom has moved during the past 10 years from Paris to Coney Island, but once over that hurdle, the true strength of the story and music reveals itself. Each time you listen, more small details reveal themselves and you realize how intricate AWL's music/story is and what genius is involved in this. Nobody can help but be moved and share the "AHA" moment of realization as they listen to "Beautiful" and the next song, "The Beauty Underneath" where the Phantom realizes how much more life has in store for him than he ever imagined. The cross stories of Christine and Raoul struggling with his decline due to drink and gambling while she still has an ever increasing need to sing, make for an interesting plot. Mix in Madame Giry who returns to look after both the Phantom and her daughter and the tension is ever present and palpable. Meg Giry plays a key role and as you learn all she has done for the Phantom to attempt to gain his unrequited love, you run through the entire gambit of emotions until the final realization in "Miss Giry, You're Hurting Me". It starts off slow and you need to muddle through the first 15 minutes or so. After that, it builds and builds to a climax which was not expected or seen. This has all the twists and turns of Phantom of The Opera and possibly even more. The characters are strong, distinct personalities, and grow with each listening of the score. I can't imagine that the story and music would have nearly the strength that they do if this was a stand along musical. One truly needs to know the backstory of Phantom to truly enjoy the detailed plot and even music which Love Never Dies puts forth. This should be viewed as a bookend to the Phantom story. For fans of The Phantom, Raoul, Christine, and The Girys, this is a ride which can only be likened to the fastest roller coaster on Coney Island itself. It's a heck of a ride and well worth the price of admission. Try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
NYCBellabee More than 1 year ago
If you liked the original Phantom of the Opera you will absolutlty love "Love Never Dies". It's a thousand times better than the original and the music is just over the top. Webber out did himself with this one and I'm waiting anxiously for the show to come to Broadway and the Hal Leonard sheet music to come out. =)
Silvershiara More than 1 year ago
This has been a long time in coming, a sequel to Phantom of the Opera. And it was well worth the wait. The new Phantom and Christine are awesome and needless to say I could almost feel the chemistry between the two of them through my stereo! My personal favorite tracks are Dear Old Friend, Beneath a Moonless Sky, The Beauty Underneath (oooh so Phantom that song), Devil Take the Hindmost and of course Love Never Dies. The DVD that is with this was interesting to say the least as it showed the buildup for the recording itself and how we could have a recording BEFORE the show's premiere in September in the UK. I've seen that this will not come the B'way til next Spring, but am willing to wait for it. You don't get to see much of the show of course, but do get to see certain set pieces and interviews from cast and crew. For any Andrew Lloyd Webber fan, this is a MUST HAVE for it has been YEARS in the making! Get it! Buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of The Phantom of the Opera for six years! When I learned Andrew Lloyd Webber has done a sequel. I was surprised! I waited till after my birthday to buy it. After I brought it I couldn't stop listening to it. Webber was very true to the main characters from the first and the story is will done. I was in tears when I listen to Till I hear you sing and Beneath a moonless sky! and was surprise at the twist and turns in the plot. from listening to love never dies. I've started to listened to phantom of the opera again and fell in love with it all over again. Now am trying to figure a way to see the show in london. so I can enjoy it as much as I did when I saw phantom 1. And I got to watch the dvd of behind the scenes and the recording of the CD that came with it. So for all you phantom fans out there. Buy this CD and fall in love with phantom all over again. As I hope to see the show with the fans.
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