The Essential Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber

The Essential Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber

by A. L. Webber

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Overview

Metro's The Essential Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber collects renditions of the composer's classic songs from shows such as Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, and Aspects of Love, as performed by England's National Symphony Orchestra and a variety of international musical theater stars. The compilation presents these songs in more or less chronological order, giving it a good flow and an opportunity to trace Lloyd Webber's development as a songwriter. Highlights include John Barrowman's "Any Dream Will Do" and Kim Criswell's "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar; Maria Friedman's "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Memory" from Evita and Cats, respectively; and Graham Bickley and Claire Moore's "The Phantom of the Opera" and John Diedrich's "The Music of the Night," both from Phantom of the Opera. Many of the songs here transcend the boundaries of musical theater; indeed, the only drawback to this collection is that it doesn't feature any original cast recordings. However, the track selections and performances are strong enough to make this a minor point for anyone but the most extreme musical theater purists.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/02/2002
Label: Metro Music
UPC: 0698458700322
catalogNumber: 503
Rank: 261568

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist
Don Black   Track Performer
Kim Criswell   Vocals,Track Performer
Diane Langton   Vocals,Track Performer
James Rainbird   Track Performer
Sally Ann Triplett   Vocals,Track Performer
John Owen Edwards   Conductor
Dave Willetts   Vocals,Track Performer
John Barrowman   Vocals,Track Performer
Clive Carter   Vocals,Track Performer
Claire Moore   Vocals,Track Performer
Maria Friedman   Vocals,Track Performer
National Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Martin Yates   Conductor
Graham Bickley   Vocals,Track Performer
John Diedrich   Vocals,Track Performer
Janis Kelly   Vocals,Track Performer
Liz Robertson   Vocals,Track Performer
Andrew Newey   Vocals,Track Performer
Katrina Murphy   Vocals,Track Performer
Megan Kelly   Vocals,Track Performer
Julian Kelly   Conductor
Clare Burt   Vocals
Company   Track Performer
Clive Rowe   Vocals
James Graeme   Vocals
Caroline O'Connor   Vocals
Grainne Renihan   Vocals
Issy van Randwyck   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Batt   Lyricist
Jim Steinman   Lyricist
Don Black   Lyricist
Charles Hart   Lyricist
Richard Stilgoe   Lyricist
Tim Rice   Lyricist
Rexton S. Bunnett   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Trevor Nunn   Lyricist
T.S. Eliot   Lyricist
Ben Elton   Lyricist

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