The Count Of Monte Cristo (Wildhorn, Murphy) European Cast
Composer: Wildhorn, Frank
Lyricist: Murphy, Jack
A concept recording was released in Europe on 12 December 2008. This English-language CD features Thomas Borchert as Edmond Dantes (The Count of Monte Cristo), Pia Douwes as Valentine, Brandi Burkhardt as Mercédès, Patrick Stanke as Fernand Mondego, Mark Seibert as de Villefort, Mathias Edenborn as Baron Danglars, Jesper Tydén as Albert and Alexander Goebel as the Abbé Faria. The song list for the concept recording includes: Prologue to the Count of Monte Cristo; When Love Is True; A Story Told; I Will Be There; Every Day A Little Death; When The World Was Mine; When We Are Kings; Hell To Your Doorstep; Ah, Women; I Know Those Eyes/This Man Is Dead; Pretty Lies; All This Time; The Man I Used To Be.
The songs of this musical are performed by a largely German cast, except for American Brandi Burkhardt. It's all sung in English, which gives me great hope that the intention is to bring the show to the U.S. at some point. I think this album is a real treat for Wildhorn fans and non-fans alike. The Prologue is unlike anything I've heard from the composer. It's dark, enchanting and perhaps spiritual. Amazing is the first word that came into my head when hearing it for the first time.
Other highlights of this "highlights" album include A Story Told, which is performed by those who intend to betray Edmond Dantes, the lead character. This has an angry sort of beat to it and is fun to listen to. Similar angry-driving music is heard to more extent in Hell To Your Doorstep and to less extent in I Know Those Eyes/This Man Is Dead. These are just incredible tracks. Equally incredible are I Will Be There, Every Day A Little Death and When We Are Kings. Wildhorn is know for pop balads, and there's no disappointment here. Brandi Burkhardt sings a couple of gems in When The World Was Mine and All This Time. Thomas Borchert, as Edmond, is a huge talent. One can see why he stars in just about anything produced in Germany and the surrounding areas. His final number on the album (The Man I Used To Be), while I don't believe is the finale of the show, is a great finale for this highlights album.