The Confrontation – Les Misérables – 10th Anniversary Concert


Valjean, at last, We see each other plain M’sieur le Mayor, You’ll wear a different chain! Before you say another word, Javert Before you chain me up
like a slave again Listen to me!
There is something I must do. This woman leaves behind
a suffering child. There is none
but me who can intercede, In Mercy’s name,
three days are all I need. Then I’ll return, I pledge my word. Then I’ll return… You must think me mad! I’ve hunted you across the years A man like you can never change A man such as you. – Believe of me, what you will
– Men like me can never change – There is a duty that I’m sworn to do
– Men like you can never changed – You know nothing of my life
– No, 24601 – All I did was steal some bread
– My duty’s to the law – You know nothing of the world
– You have no rights – You would sooner see me dead
– Come with me, 24601 – But not before I see this justice done
– Now the wheel has turned around Jean Valjean is nothing now – I am warning you, Javert
– Dare you talk to me of crime – I’m a stronger man by far
– And the price you had to pay – There is power in me yet
– Every man is born in sin – My race is not yet run
– Every man must choose his way – I am warning you, Javert
– You know nothing of Javert – There is nothing I won’t dare
– I was born inside a jail – lf I have to kill you here
– I was born with scum like you – I’ll do what must be done
– I am from the gutter too! And this I swear to you tonight There is no place for you to hide Your child will live within my care Wherever you may hide away And I will raise her to the light. I swear to you, I will be there!

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  1. It seems to me as if not only is it a confrontation of the characters, but a competition between Colm and Philip, and that is what makes it such a great version.

  2. ValJean: "…You know nothing of my life. All I did was steal some bread!'
    Javert: "Umm, Valjean- you also stole a bunch of silver… from a Bishop no less…. and you lied about it when you got caught…. and you skipped out on your parole… wow are you FAKE NEWS!!!!"

  3. The composition is such that when one sings at a lower pitch, the other sings higher and then they switch depending whose words want to be stressed more. This is just an amazing piece of work.

  4. I just realized something – my two favorite versions of Les Miserables to watch are this concert and the 1998 nonmusical version with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush.
    AND – both versions have an Irish Valjean and an Australian Javert.

  5. One of the best musicals I can think of immediately to teach a lesson in not seeing everything in black and white, and not seeing everyone as beyond change.

  6. To be completely fair to Jalvert, the musical tones down the crimes that Valjean committed In the books, he was much more violence. He mugged a young boy and stole gold from him, even after is meeting with the Bishop, but then he thought about what the Bishop had told him, felt remorse, and tried to find the boy to apologize and return the gold, but Jalvert had already been informed of the crime, and his parole had been revoked.

    The musical tries it's best ro make it appear that Jalvert is simply an overzealous policeman who can't see the difference between crimes committed for survival and crimes committed out of greed. However, Valjean isn't as innocent in the books as he is in the musical. Yes, he stole the bread to save his famly, but he also became a hardened criminal and mugged people out of greed later on. So, the musical takes a very important part of Valjean's character out, and makes him into an innocent who only turned to crime out of desperation.

  7. Doing this play, but we don't have the middle part of this song…and it's the best part!! So annoying. Apparently it's because it's the "school version"…we aren't even a school!

  8. 0:13 – 0:15 The lowest note in the song, because it links us to sth negative burdening inside, as the rest of the song (from Javert's perspective) is basically "man is born in sin" – not necessarily a positive thing. Also it represents a "chain" – sth heavy that holds people down
    1:25 – 1:27 The highest note in the song, because it represents a duty that JVJ has sworn to do – to save Cosette's life and raised her. It's high cuz it represents the escape of JVJ from the "chain" that Javert tries to put on him. He tries to escape from the past, and from the impression that Javert still has on him (aka a convict). It's high mean it rises up from the low -> indicates how Fantine describes JVJ as "from God in Heaven" – the high mighty God from above.

  9. i fell in love with the music from this show when i was a kid, and didn't even understand the story yet. so obsessed with it, even 22 years later!

  10. Fun fact: did any of you know that Colm Wilkinson (first ever Jean Valjean) played the Bishop in the movie version? Pure brilliance!

  11. I always wondered what Valjean would have done if Javert had granted his request. Had he left Cosette in the convent after three days and returned as he promises here or would he have broken his word to actually raise her himself as he promised Fantine?!

  12. Saw this performed live a couple days ago and I was blown away by how well their singing in opposition sync'd up with each other. Definitely bears repeat listens. In the case of the video, the singers here were easier to understand (and maybe a product of the lack of information overload/newness of seeing it live preventing me from absorbing it all).

  13. I love how, at the end, they both say "I will be there." The same words, with completely different convictions, like Valjean and Javert are so similar, and yet so different.

  14. The amount of vocal control Colm has when singing the end of the "MY RACE IS NOT YET RUN" progression is stunning. To make his voice crack perfectly there is chilling and beautiful!!!

  15. The menacing smile of Quast in this scene though… It’s as if he’s happy to find Valjean after all these years of searching for him. Ugh… Philip Quast really is so awesome in the role of Javert. 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️

  16. Don’t get me wrong, Phillip Quast is great but he sounds like plankton from Spongebob in the beginning.

  17. While it's beautifully done, I have to admit that I prefer Crowe's version. Quast's Javert is clearly disgusted with Valjean and seems far more emotional. It's a louder, brasher anger. Crowe's Javert is more of the hunter in the night, in a way. It's a quieter, stronger steel that gives no room for argument or rebuttal.

    While Crowe's Javert still takes Valjean's escape personally, it feels like he does it because it ties to his duty and his purpose in life, not because he hates Valjean specifically. He just can't stand any criminal and Valjean falls into that box in his brain.

  18. Im convinced the little shudder the camera does when he sings ‘a man such as you’ is due to the actual building shaking from the sheer vocal ferocity

  19. This song gets me every time I see the show its intense I love it the acting and the singing omg it's brilliant it gives me chills in a good way

  20. I really like this version, but if I have to criticize one things, it's how… I guess inactive and quiet the song is. In the 25th Anniversary version, both Alfie Boe and Norm Lewis was essentially screaming-singing at each other and it sounded like they were struggle for their lives, but in this one I don't feel the same intensity from either of them.

  21. Lyrics:

    Valjean, at last,
    We see each other plain
    Monsieur le Maire
    You wear a different chain!

    Before you say another word, Javert
    Before you chain me up like a slave again
    Listen to me! There is something I must do.
    This woman leaves behind a suffering child.
    There is none but me who can intercede,
    In Mercy's name, three days are all I need.
    Then I'll return, I pledge my word.
    Then I'll return

    You must think me mad!
    I've hunted you across the years
    Men like you can never change
    A man such as you.

    (Men like you can never change)
    Believe of me what you will
    (Men like me can never change)
    There is a duty that I'm sworn to do
    (No,)
    You know nothing of my life
    (24601)
    All I did was steal some bread
    (My duty's to the law – you have no rights)
    You know nothing of the world
    (Come with me 24601)
    You would sooner see me dead
    (Now the wheel has turned around)
    But not before I see this justice done
    (Jean Valjean means nothing now)
    I am warning you Javert
    (Dare you talk to me of crime)
    I'm a stronger man by far
    (And the price you had to pay)
    There is power in me yet
    (Every man is born in sin)
    My race is not yet run
    (Every man must choose his way)

    You know nothing of Javert
    I was born inside a jail
    I was born with scum like you
    I am from the gutter too!

  22. I was in a debate in my English class, and the lines, “Every man is born in sin; every man must choice his way” from this song (which I was singing in my head) helped me come up with enough ideas to win. Thanks Les Mis!

  23. "I swear to you, I will be there!"

    Such an incredibly powerful moment, two men honoring two different gods… yet, the same.

  24. Let's sing
    Valjean, at last,
    We see each other plain
    'm'sieur le mayor, '
    You'll wear a different chain
    Before you say another word, Javert
    Before you chain me up like a slave again
    Listen to me! there is something I must do
    This woman leaves behind a suffering child
    There is none, but me who can intercede
    In mercy's name, three days are all I need
    Then I'll return, I pledge my word
    Then I'll return
    You must think me mad
    I've hunted you across the years
    Men like you can never change
    A man such as you.
    Believe of me what you will (men like you can never change)
    There is a duty that I'm sworn to do (men like me can never change)
    You know nothing of my life (no, 24601)
    All I did was steal some bread (my duty's to the law)
    You know nothing of the world (you have no rights)
    You would sooner see me dead (come with me 24601)
    But not before I see this justice done (now the wheel has turned around Jean Valjean is nothing now)
    I am warning you Javert (dare you talk to me of crime)
    I'm a stronger man by far (I'm the price you had to pay)
    There is power in me yet (every man is born in sin)
    My race is not yet run (every man must choose his way)
    You know nothing of Javert
    I was born inside a jail
    I was born with scum like you
    I am from the gutter too!

  25. The singing is perfect, but that synth keyboard sound in the music just sounds odd.

  26. it's so cringy watching all these people coming in, trying to make memes out of a stellar performance and a great song.

  27. They should have put this javert in the movie. Not bloody Russell Crow, Crows not sinister enough, his portrayal of Javert seems a bit sad tbh.

  28. I am very lucky to see both of them perform in Singapore 24 years ago. Recently in 2016 a new cast came to Singapore again. I was ao excited as I waited for almost 20 years for les miserables to arrive however the new cast was not as good.

  29. Love that movement of Philip Quast at 0:54. It is subtle but felt really like he is walking forward to Jean Valjean.

  30. I love how javert is acting like Valjean can never atone for his sins when all he did was steal one(1) loaf of bread

  31. I just noticed that they cut out the stanza where Valjean says "I am warning you Javert, there is nothing I won't dare, if I have to kill you here, I'll do what must be done" from the movie. This sets him up as a lot harder then he is in the movie. It's the difference between Christian Bale's Batman who won't kill the Joker even after the chaos he's created and Batfleck who has guns and yeah, less said about the Batman who kills the better. Also I like that Wilkinson looks about 60 in this because Jackman doesn't and that's a major part of Valjean's character in the book, he's old but he's ripped and manages to brand himself without wincing to scare Thenardier's goons. It's a lot more scary when you have an old man rip an iron bed apart then a thirty-year-old guy who played Wolverine.
    Both versions are awesome though. It's pretty hard to screw this up, even though Crowe's a little off-putting at times.

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