The Official Chart Company has confirmed that Andrew Lloyd Webber Symphonic Suites debuted at No.1 in the official ranking of classical specialists.
This is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s second “lockdown” album in a year, following the successful original recording of the album’s cast. Cinderella, which reached the first place of the official classification of compilations. Both were carried out during Covid-19 lockdowns or under restrictions.
Symphonic Suites includes orchestral arrangements of some of the composer’s most beloved music The The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and Sunset Boulevard.
“Two No. 1 albums in a year where live music and musical theater have suffered so much, it’s a real privilege. I am very proud that this moment recognizes my new Cinderella, and our symphonic versions of some of my most valuable compositions. Thank you to everyone who listened to these albums and continue to support the return of live performances across the country, ”Andrew Lloyd Webber said in a statement.
Recorded at Lloyd Webber’s Theater Royal Drury Lane with an 81-piece orchestra, the Symphonic Suites have received rave reviews.
The orchestra that performed these suites, conducted by Simon Lee, brought together some of the world’s most talented musicians, united after a year of separation. For some, it was the first chance to return to live recording after the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The registration was carried out in accordance with all current government Covid-19 protocols.
This year The Phantom of the Opera celebrates 35 years in the West End, while the filmed production of Sunset Boulevard, which opened in London in 1993 at Leicester Curve, will be reissued for the public between 10 and 15 May. Evita has been racing the West End for 43 years.
As soon as the project is announced, Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “For over a year now we have lived without the joy of live music. Bringing an 81-piece orchestra into the new Theater Royal Drury Lane for this first performance on London’s biggest stage is a major step forward.
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