Make A Parade Of Every Moment - The Essential Carolee Carmello on Disc
22 Mar 2014
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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.