Evita [2006 London Cast Recording]

Evita [2006 London Cast Recording]



Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist/librettist Tim Rice's musical Evita has gone through several permutations since premiering as a double-LP studio cast album in 1976, with successful stage productions in the West End (1978) and on Broadway (1979), and, eventually, a movie adaptation (1996). All of those versions produced albums, and so does the 2006 London revival, which arrived on June 21 -- twenty-eight years to the day after the first London opening. (It later announced a closing date of May 26, 2007, for a run of 11 months.) The original London cast LP, unlike the original studio cast recording, the original Broadway cast recording, and the original soundtrack, was a single-disc affair, and so is this one. Lloyd Webber, who runs his own label, Really Useful Records, tends to opt for full-length treatments of his shows on record, nearly every one sprawling across two CDs, the better to reflect his sung-through scores. Here, he has trimmed the music from the usual 100 minutes to 70 by eliminating minor songs, instrumental passages, and sound effects. That is an appropriate decision for a score that also sounds scaled down otherwise, with a smaller orchestra and cast. To address the downsizing, the composer has also revised his orchestrations and given them more of an Argentine flavor; the listener may think less often of Puccini and occasionally of Astor Piazzolla. If that gives a slightly more Argentine feel to a show set in Argentina, a major casting decision accentuates this change. In the title role is Argentine singer/actress Elena Roger. The appeal of casting an actual countrywoman of Eva Peron's to play her is undeniable, but it is equally undeniable that Roger sings in English with a heavy accent. Lloyd Webber and Rice may have felt that most of those attending the show would already know the lyrics so well that it wouldn't matter. But when Philip Quast, as Juan Peron sings to Roger's Eva in "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You," "I can understand you perfectly," the listener may be tempted to disagree. Still, this is a better treatment of the score than that heard on the original soundtrack. Roger, for all her flaws of enunciation, makes more of the part than Madonna did, and Matt Rawle is certainly a superior Che to that of Antonio Banderas (who had his own pronunciation problems). Also, even though Lloyd Webber and Rice have unnecessarily retained "You Must Love Me," the new song they wrote for the movie, they have wisely restored "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" to the minor character of the mistress played here by Lorna Want. (Against any sense, Madonna claimed the song in the film.) Still, the 2006 London Evita comes in a poor third to the original studio cast album and the original Broadway cast album.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2006
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602498559758
catalogNumber: 000786702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Edwards   Trombone
Ann Morfee   Violin
Andy Pask   Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Peter Walton   Guitar
Jonathan Snowden   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo
Andrew Crowley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Philip Quast   Vocals
Julian Trafford   Violin
Elena Roggero   Vocals
Richard Addison   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Simon Lee   Conductor
Julian Poole   Percussion
Dave Lee   Horn
Jeff Leach   Keyboards
Toby Coles   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Matt Rawle   Vocals
Elena Roger   Vocals
Chris Baron   Drums
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Sonya Fairbairn   Violin
James McKeon   Keyboards
Abbie Osmon   Vocals
Julia Graham   Cello
Dave Lee   Horn
Lorna Want   Vocals
Gary Milner   Vocals
Evita Cast Ensemble   cast
Mark Bousie   Accordion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
David Chase   Dance Arrangement
Andy Findon   Contributor
Ann Morfee   Orchestra Leader
Phil Mulford   Contributor
Robin Sellars   Engineering
Pat White   Contributor
Neal Wilkinson   Contributor
Nigel Wright   Producer
Tim Rice   Lyricist,Executive Producer
Gillian Findlay   Contributor
Neil Wilkinson   Contributor
Marcus Tilt   Contributor
Ian Rathbone   Contributor
Patrick Jones   Contributor
Simon Lee   Musical Supervision
Nick Barr   Contributor
Duncan Ashby   Contributor
Richard George   Contributor
Tonya Robb   Contributor
Jonathan Atkinson   Contributor
Tony Robb   Contributor
Tom Rees-Roberts   Contributor
Michael Grandage   Liner Notes
Pat White   Contributor
Gordon Campbell   Contributor

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Evita [2006 London Cast Recording] 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
EVITA is one of my all time favorite shows in musical theatre. I bought this last month when I saw that there was a new cast recording of the show that included the song YOU MUST LOVE ME from the movie version. I was so diappointed with everything about this cd. The music is just like the movies soundtrack and the singing is just plain horrible. The woman who sings Evita can't carry a not to save her life and the same goes for Che. I would not reccomend this cd for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How could you not love this cd. the music is great. the voice's are amazing. even if you did not like the original you will love this vertion