Ramin Karimloo In Concert
Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:02 PM
I'm hoping we have a good night with Ramin. Have you heard his CD? I know it is sold out (even tried Dress Circle to no avail). I'd like to get it if possible
Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:57 AM
Posted 14 October 2011 - 02:05 PM
One thing that did surprise me, that probably shouldn't have I suppose, is just how many of the so-called 'fans' talked loudly through all the orchestral sections, as if that didn't matter cos Ramin wasn't on! Some respect, eh?
Oh, and great value programme too, £3.50 complete with a rundown of the songs and their context.
* Oh forgot to mention - a couple of tracks from the new album too!
Posted 14 October 2011 - 02:58 PM
Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:23 PM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 12:13 PM
I thought it was an excellent idea to have a Christine as his special guest, and Celia Graham was brilliant. I did however prefer her singing the Phantom songs as opposed to some of the others she performed. I also didn't really understand why Olivia Archibold was there as an additional guest. She came on, sang two pop songs very well on her own, and went off again. It was a strange interlude.
After I saw Love Never Dies for the last time I didn't expect to see the songs performed again by Ramin, but Celia's rendition of the title song, and Ramin's Til I Hear You Sing brought the house down. It was wonderful.
Overall, I'm so glad I went, as I only booked a ticket half-heartedly but thoroughly enjoyed it. Symphony Hall is such a beautiful venue, which made it all the more enjoyable I think. Ramin came across very well indeed; I'm not surprised he has such a large fanbase. I'm not really a fan of Les Miserables so I won't be going to see him in his forthcoming run, but hope that he appears in something else in the West End relatively soon afterwards so that I can see him again.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 03:34 PM
After Virgin Trains charged me ￡４３ on the train to Birmingham (yes, to go to Ramin's concert) saying I wasn't travelling with the chlild I paid for (I useed Family&Friends Raild Card), I can no longer afford the ￡33 return fare to Southampton from London. Always some hidden fines and charges on British public transport...
Anyway, I reluctanly confess that Ramin's Birmingham concert didn't really live up to my expectations. It was very good of course, but somewhat failed to take my breath away. Having said that, his rendition of Why God, Why made me cry so much that my shrit front got very damp. I also liked the way he sang Bring Him Home (real emotions in there), POTO (very hastely conducted for some reasons), MotN (easy-listeningish, but a very refreshing take), all of which were sung in different ways from what we are usually acustomed to. But his BHH wasn't technically perfect which I presume is fair considering this song is quite new to him.
I was so happy that Celia Graham was the guest,,and she is indeed a very very good singer. However, she didn't seem (to me) that she was really connecting with the audience. She didn't really open up to us. Is it only me who felt that way?
Even Ramin, some of the songs just came and went like they were just jobs. They didn't really leave any impression on me.
Hearing songs once again from LND was had a huge emotional meaning for me and probably many others in the auditorium, and both Ramin and Celia well earned the standing ovations.
Finally, I too was puzzled why Miss Archbold was there at all. I did actually enjoyed her songs, but why her? The only reason I could think of was that she might be considered a future Chrstine as she can sing and dance classical ballet.
Oh, and I should mention the long long queue at the Stage Door after the show. It must've been nearly 100 meter's long. I didn't stay to witness if Ramin managed to give autographs to all the fans who were queuing, but it must've taken at least an hour. It always amazes me how well he treats his fans, staying for a long time to talk to everyone waiting. Also a compliment to the orderly fans. A staff member was there to control the flow of the fans, so everything seemed well managed.
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