Thursday, May 23, 2024
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An LPR Look at Les Miserables

January 5, 2023 --

Here is Act I of the 1995 Dream Concert Version of "Les Miserables" -

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Another look at "One More Day" from Les Miserables

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Les Miserables -- Tracing its development over eleven years.

How the two-hour original, 1980 French version led to the 1985 three-hour English adaptation which in turn affected a 1991 French version. A must read for Les Miserables devotees. By Natalie Soper, Bellingua Translations. LPR's comment on the Frenc version(s) -- now sorry was a terrible student of French in high school and college.

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LPR prefers (even though not conversant en francais) the songs from Les Miserables sung in French. For example, the English in the 10th anniversary concert is, for LPR, too cockneyed to suggest the story takes place in France. Here is One Day More (Le Grand Jour) en francais:

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Here is an abbreviated concert version of Les Miserables, in French, performed in March 2017. LPR thinks Xavier Mauconduit, as Jean Valjean, and Ronan Debois as Thenardier, are outstanding:

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What can LPR say about this 2017 Les Miserables concert performance?

That I found myself applauding the computer screen as the performance closed with A la Volonte du Peuple (Do You Hear the People Sing")? That's right: applauding the computer screen!.

Les Miserables in English is terrific. But in the original French.... Here is the ideal way to illustrate the saying that something is lost in translation. One word best describes this performance: "magnifique." What a magnificent Jean Valjean, Javert, Cosette, Thernadier, to mention a few. This video lasts little more than 40 minutes. Let's have a complete version.

There are two encores -- of A la Volonte du Peuple. The song -- yes, in French -- should become the MAGA anthem. Please tell everyone you know to click to this link. It deserves virality.

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"I Dreamed a Dream" and "On My Own" from Les Miserables

Carrie Hope-Fisher and Shan Ako, artists, appearing before a huge throng at an outdoor BBC Proms.

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