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The 7 - Music - Phantom of the Opera... Schumacher DOESN'T screw it up.
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#1 Posted on 17.12.04 1121.02
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...well, I guess it's hard to say from only listening to the 2 disc soundtrack, but from the sound of it, he got it right.

With mostly minimal changes to the story (Well, as minimal as changing the fall of the chandelier to the end of the show.(, film.) but it makes sense) and some welcome tweeks to the score, such as a new bass line to the title track. This sounds like it's done quite faithfully to it's source.

Gerard Butler is actually doing a respectable version of the Phantom, and I think I'm liking this version better then Michael Crawford, and most certainly better then Robert Goulet's version, both of which I was luck (and unlucky in the case of Goulet...) to see on stage. He brings a more 'manly' sound to the role and seemingly gives the character some much needed depth.

On a down side, Emmy Rossum doesn't have quite the range of Sarah Brightman and it's obvious in the way some of the higher notes have been lowered in the same way they were for Madonna in EVITA.
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#2 Posted on 17.12.04 2031.17
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I've only just started listening to it now, and I'm already noticing quite drastic changes.

The orchestration sounds less synthetic than the original.

There's more dialogue included on the soundtrack.

Minnie Driver is an operatic soprano? I honestly wouldn't have guessed.

I figured Gerard Butler would lean to a specific Phantom's style, and expected it initially to be Michael Crawford's. I'm pleased to say that's not the case. His style seems a cross between Davis Gaines & Robert Guillaume from what little I've heard of it.

(I tired of Crawford's overuse of falsetto far too long ago.)

I like the fact that Emmy Rossum's voice is indeed different from Sarah Brightman. I've seen the opera 3 times. I hope to see something different.

I've gotta say. I like it.

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