Superb London cast recording of this musical, based (in part) on The Barretts of Wimpole Street, with June Bronhill and Keith Michell both in excellent voice, working to a lively score by Ron Grainer, and clever lyrics by Ronald Millar. The piece itself is the kind of Victorian romp that Stephen Sondheim later added some extra (and extra-kinky) twists to in Sweeney Todd -- the music here is more traditionally melodic and the lyrics not remotely as daring or clever, but this is an eminently satisfying work, and an equally fine cast recording. Bronhill, in particular, captures the essence of Elizabeth Barrett's character as presented in the play, without going over into Victorian parody -- she's affecting in the role, much as Michell is in his portrayal of Robert Browning. The Norman Newell production is first-rate and sufficiently opulent to reward those who grab this up on CD, with its higher resolution, and the producers have given us thorough annotation in the CD package as well as a good, clean, bright transfer.
AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder
|Robert and Elizabeth, musical|