J: my little sister just called me angry because she bought a Les Miz recording and she doesn't like the Eponine
A: and that's how we know you're related
A: which one?
J: I think it was the broadway one, which I think is the same Eponine as London, which is the one she likes. But she was having none of that argument.
A: that's funny
A: I have long disliked the Broadway over the London eponine
J: she was like "she sounds like fucking Madonna!"
J: it's the same gal though
A: look at that
A: well, she definitely broadways it up for the later version
A: not that she is the model of restraint on the OLC
A: but i think it is pretty striking
A: i have now compared
A: me and your sister are pretty justified
J: do you own both?
A: just london
A: even from the Itunes clip you could hear
A: "Frances Ruffelle" just really lets go
A: with the little whiny Eponinisms
J: on b'way?
J: hah there are reviews on Amazon where people compare the conducting of the various recordings
A: people love them some les miz
J: and there is a guy who does a London/B'way comparison of every character and decides which is best
J: Fantine: LONDON. Patti LuPone is one of the few Fantine's who sings the role instead of wailing it. And she does more than just sing it. If LuPone's "I Dreamed a Dream" doesn't bring you close to tears, you have a stone heart. Randy Graff on the Broadway recording leaves a lot to be desired, but isn't nearly as bad as Ruthie Henshall in the Tenth Anniversary Concert.
A: true that about P-Lupes
J: she is very good
J: Eponine: Now, while I ADORE Lea Salonga, I just don't think she is right for Eponine. Nor do I like Frances Ruffle. The best Eponine I've heard recorded is Kaho Shimada. I LOVE her portrayal, and it's even more impressive because she didn't know English at the time.
A: which one is she on?
J: she's on that "Complete International Symphonic Recording"
J: the black one with gold writing
A: maybe if i heard more than 15 seconds of it
J: eponine tempura
A: i think Trebs would get Eponine in an opera version of Les Miz
J: yeah I think so too
J: though Eponine strikes me as a mezzo
J: she dresses as a boy and all
J: Stephanie Blythe would me Madame Thenardier
A: Someone would probably try to cast J-mo as Jean Valjean
A: and it would suck
J: that would blow
J: actually no---they would use Thomas Hampson
A: good call
J: imagine him singing "Who am I"
J: it's entertaining
A: it really is
A: or the croony faces on the Bring him Home high notes
J: I'd enjoy a Mattila Fantine, though it's awfully low for her
A: please, someone transpose that and get her to do it as an encore
J: Aprile Millo could be the barricade
A: i would enjoy Alagna as a flagrantly over the hill Marius
J: who would be Cosette?
A: A Barbara bonney type
J: oh interesting
A: The real question though: who conducts?
A: I know Barenboim is something of a Boubil-Schoenberg specialist
A: but I just love the clarity Thielemann brings to the synth/drum kit passages
A: listening to some Bring Him Home right now
A: god help us of t-hampson ever gets ahold of this thing
A: I like Alan Held for Javert
J: oh good call
J: um, please take 5 mins and watch this
A: shut the fuck up Diane Sawyer
J: oh my god
A: he is such an absurd man
J: watch til the end
J: what a supreme douche
A: i don't know if i can
A: i feel like my computer can't handle this much douche
J: it's worth it
A: good god
A: this is not happening
J: I mean....!
A: people had to start their days with this?
J: Then didn't we go to that concert that night with Randy?
A: the ending!!!
J: oh you just got there?? haha
J: he does the closed eyes and the teeth and everything