Andrew Lloyd Webber

The Essential Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, musical
1 02:18 Amazon
2 03:34 Amazon
Jesus Christ Superstar, musical
3 04:25 Amazon
4 03:55 Amazon
5 05:52 Amazon
6 03:42 Amazon
7 04:16 Amazon
8 03:11 Amazon
Evita, musical
9 05:28 Amazon
10 03:15 Amazon
11 03:03 Amazon
12 02:29 Amazon
13 03:50 Amazon
Cats, musical
14 03:45 Amazon
15 05:57 Amazon
16 03:09 Amazon
Song and Dance, musical
17 03:08 Amazon
18 03:45 Amazon
Starlight Express, musical
19 02:51 Amazon
20 02:23 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Starlight Express, musical
1 04:13 Amazon
2 03:50 Amazon
3 02:19 Amazon
Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
4 03:35 Amazon
Phantom of the Opera, musical
5 02:19 Amazon
6 02:57 Amazon
7 03:07 Amazon
8 04:31 Amazon
9 04:50 Amazon
10 05:12 Amazon
Aspects of Love, musical
11 03:01 Amazon
12 03:32 Amazon
13 03:28 Amazon
Sunset Boulevard, musical
14 05:36 Amazon
15 03:02 Amazon
16 03:08 Amazon
17 04:21 Amazon
By Jeeves, musical play
18 03:24 Amazon
Whistle Down the Wind, musical play
19 03:42 Amazon
The Beautiful Game, musical play
20 03:41 Amazon
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