The Essential Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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The Essential Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber Review

by Heather Phares

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 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: John Barrowman / National Symphony Orchestra 02:18 Amazon
2 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Clive Carter / National Symphony Orchestra 03:34 Amazon
Jesus Christ Superstar, musical
3 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: National Symphony Orchestra / Clive Rowe 04:25 Amazon
4 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: National Symphony Orchestra / Dave Willetts 03:55 Amazon
5 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: National Symphony Orchestra / Dave Willetts 05:52 Amazon
6 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Kim Criswell / National Symphony Orchestra 03:42 Amazon
7 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: National Symphony Orchestra / Clive Rowe 04:16 Amazon
8 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Clive Carter / National Symphony Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
Evita, musical
9 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Maria Friedman / National Symphony Orchestra 05:28 Amazon
10 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: National Symphony Orchestra / Grania Renihan 03:15 Amazon
11 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Caroline O'Connor / National Symphony Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
12 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Kim Criswell / National Symphony Orchestra 02:29 Amazon
13 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: John Barrowman / Maria Friedman / National Symphony Orchestra 03:50 Amazon
Cats, musical
14 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Maria Friedman / National Symphony Orchestra 03:45 Amazon
15 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Company / National Symphony Orchestra 05:57 Amazon
16 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Clive Carter / National Symphony Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
Song and Dance, musical
17 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Clare Burt / National Symphony Orchestra 03:08 Amazon
18 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Don Black / National Symphony Orchestra / Liz Robertson 03:45 Amazon
Starlight Express, musical
19 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: National Symphony Orchestra 02:51 Amazon
20 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Diane Langton / National Symphony Orchestra 02:23 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Starlight Express, musical
1 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: National Symphony Orchestra / Grania Renihan 04:13 Amazon
2 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Jim Graeme / National Symphony Orchestra 03:50 Amazon
3 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Clive Carter / National Symphony Orchestra 02:19 Amazon
Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra
4 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Janis Kelly / National Symphony Orchestra / James Rainbird 03:35 Amazon
Phantom of the Opera, musical
5 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Megan Kelly / Claire Moore / National Symphony Orchestra 02:19 Amazon
6 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Company / National Symphony Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
7 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Claire Moore / National Symphony Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
8 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Graham Bickley / Katrina Murphy / National Symphony Orchestra 04:31 Amazon
9 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Graham Bickley / Claire Moore / National Symphony Orchestra 04:50 Amazon
10 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: John Diedrich / National Symphony Orchestra 05:12 Amazon
Aspects of Love, musical
11 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Company / National Symphony Orchestra 03:01 Amazon
12 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: John Diedrich / National Symphony Orchestra 03:32 Amazon
13 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: John Barrowman / Janis Kelly / National Symphony Orchestra 03:28 Amazon
Sunset Boulevard, musical
14 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Graham Bickley / National Symphony Orchestra 05:36 Amazon
15 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Graham Bickley / National Symphony Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
16 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Kim Criswell / National Symphony Orchestra 03:08 Amazon
17 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Katrina Murphy / Andrew Newey / National Symphony Orchestra 04:21 Amazon
By Jeeves, musical play
18 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Shona Lindsay / National Symphony Orchestra 03:24 Amazon
Whistle Down the Wind, musical play
19 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: Jim Graeme / National Symphony Orchestra 03:42 Amazon
The Beautiful Game, musical play
20 Andrew Lloyd Webber feat: National Symphony Orchestra / Sally Ann Triplett 03:41 Amazon
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