Elegies: A Song Cycle – Original Cast Recording
Elegies: A Song Cycle, William Finn's 2003 chamber musical inspired by various deaths and tragedies including the 9/11 attacks and AIDS, was a somewhat somber affair peppered with warmth and humor, and Carolee Carmello was on hand to provide anything asked of her with her trademark panache. "Passover" is a fun example of Carmello in a lighter mood and "Anytime (I Am There)," a lost loved one's longing promise to stay close, is gut-renching and gorgeous as sung by her in tremendous voice. A kind of companion piece is the William Finn concert, "Infinite Joy," which was recorded live at Joe's Pub in 2001 and also starring Carmello. Adding this to the Carmello-Finn playlist means you also get her stunning recordings of "I Have Found" and "When The Earth Stopped Turning."
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