Sony Classical has released the soundtrack recording of The Phantom of the Opera in two versions. The single-disc original soundtrack recording features all the key numbers from the score, including the new end-title song by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Charles Hart. A deluxe, specially priced two-disc version includse all of the music from the film in a collector's edition package.
Sales of the original cast recording of the stage production of "The Phantom of the Opera" have surpassed 24 million units worldwide. As theatrical productions of the show continue to run around the world - including those on Broadway and in London's West End - the film version will be the first major musical to hit the screen since the Oscar-winning triumph of "Chicago" in 2002. With a hit-laden score that includes such enduring favorites as "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," "Think of Me," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" and the title song, "The Phantom of the Opera" is sure to be one of the hits of the holiday film season.
The film version of "The Phantom of the Opera" is directed by Joel Schumacher (Batman & Robin, A Time to Kill, Batman Forever, St. Elmo's Fire). Gerard Butler (Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life: Tomb Raider II, Timeline, Reign of Fire) plays the Phantom, and the film introduces 18-year-old Emmy Rossum (Mystic River, Day After Tomorrow) in the role of Christine. A Tony nominee on Broadway for his performances in The Full Monty and Oklahoma!, Patrick Wilson (The Alamo, Angels in America) plays Raoul. The cast also includes Oscar nominees Minnie Driver and Miranda Richardson, as well as Ciarin Hinds and Simon Callow.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-time creative collaborators, co-producer Nigel Wright and conductor and music supervisor Simon Lee also worked on the soundtrack. This highly talented team has brought together more than 100 hand-picked musicians from all over Europe for the recording sessions at London's famous Abbey Road Studios.
"PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" TRACK LIST:
2. Think of Me
3. Angel of Music
4. The Mirror (Angel of Music)
5. The Phantom of the Opera
6. The Music of the Night
7. Prima Donna
8. All I Ask of You
9. All I Ask of You (Reprise)
11. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
12. The Point of No Return
13. Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer
14. Learn to be Lonely
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Source: Sony Classical