Still on a Phantom kick…

February 28, 2005 § Leave a comment

Ok, so i guess i must confess a minor obsession is festering here. Not quite to the Phantom’s level yet, but enough that I HAD to go get the movie soundtrack– the two disc full version. It’s like having just the audio of the whole movie. All I miss is watching Gerry Butler swash a buckle across the screen… *sigh*

Listening to the soundtrack tho, allows some of my niggling annoyances from watching the film to be magnified. For instance, the fact that they didn’t do as Baz Lurman did in Moulin Rouge and record the music tracks live. It’s most obvious when they switch from sung to spoken parts, and I noted it during the movie, but it’s distractingly obvious on the CD. I really wish Schumaker would have made a different choice there. Of course, that would not have worked for Carlotta, but since I knew she wasn’t doing her own singing anyway, I don’t think it would have bugged me so much.

I mean, if Ewan McGregor can handle singing live for filming, these people ought to!

I like Raoul’s voice just listening to it much better than I did watching him sing it. That’s kinda weird. I like Gerry Butler’s better while watching him. I guess that’s not so weird. As I have stated previously, he’s no Crawford, but he does quite well enough, thank you very much. I especially love his turn of “Point of No Return” and “Down Once More…” I actually prefer it to Crawford’s. The three of them have such a chemistry in this final scene, and there is so much passion and emotion that I suppose was difficult to capture in the studio recording of the Original Cast’s album. You really feel Erik’s desperation/despair/anger. The juxtaposition of the conflict is made so much more poignant when he repents after the kiss. That just wrecks me.

I absolutely love the resolution when he sings “You alone can make my song take flight/ it’s over now the music of the night.” It’s one of my favorite parts of both renditions. The way the final chord just has this release; for the first time in the whole play, it is NOT discordant and in a minor key. It is a full unbroken, beautiful chord. I love it.

Ah! I love this stuff!


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