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Rick Wakeman - The Phantom Of The Opera DVD review

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An over-the-top night at the opera…

When Christopher Lee’s booming baritone intones, ‘Here lies the chambers of death. Where shadows linger and time stands still. Nothing moves save rats and spiders who have made these damp, cold stones their home,’ you know it’s going to be an over-the-top night at the opera.

That we remember Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel of twisted obsessional love at all is largely thanks to the 1925 Hollywood adaptation starring Lon Chaney in the titular role. Commissioned by Hammer Film Productions in the 80s to add a new soundtrack to the film, Wakeman took to the task with an enthusiastic swirl of his cape and set about creating a continuous score that lasts just under an hour and a half.

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