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Finian's Rainbow - Irish Repertory Theatre Cast Recording Cast Recording


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  • Audio CD (November 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sh-K-Boom Records/Ghostlight
  • ASIN: B000641A7C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. This Time of the Year
3. How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
4. Woody's Entrance
5. Look to the Rainbow
6. Old Devil Moon
7. Intro to Necessity
8. Necessity
9. Something Sort of Grandish
10. If This Isn't Love
11. Something Sort of Grandish Reprise
12. That Great Come-And-Get-It Day
13. When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich
14. When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich Reprise
15. Old Devil Moon Reprise
16. Fiddle Faddle
17. The Begat
18. The Wedding/Look to the Rainbow
19. When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love
20. Finian's Farewell
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Minimalist accompaniement can be lovely, especially when it allows a performer to shine, but it can also be a detriment. And in the case of this recording of 1947's Finian¹s Rainbow, it's hard not to pine for a full, luscious orchestra instead of a pair of pianists (no matter how good they are). Oh well. At least we are lucky to get the lyrics, a superb cast and the most complete recording of Yip Harburg and Burton Lane's score to date. The plot is convoluted and long on whimsy (yes, there is a leprechaun and a pot o' gold) but lefty Harburg's book and lyrics also bemoan "the folly of racism," as he put it in a note about the show. The cast rises to the occasion. Ever-lovely Melissa Errico has such a crystalline soprano (complete with Irish brogue) that her renditions of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Look to the Rainbow" raise goosebumps. Overall, the cast does great by the surprisingly imaginative score--"The Begat" is appropriately rollicking for instance. This CD is, indeed, "Something sweet,/Something sort of grand-ish." --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renata on November 3, 2009
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The singers were good, several of the songs are wonderful, but there is no orchestra, only piano. A number of portions of songs were done a cappella. I never realized how much I appreciated an orchestra.

If you are unfamiliar with the plot of Finian's Rainbow, it involves a leprechaun, a pot of gold, a Senator, racism (they are against it) and tobacco (they are for it, but this was 1947.) Of course there is a romance. Wikipedia gives a summary, which I won't repeat here. The recording is enjoyable for the songs, and the songs include a bit of dialog, which I enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Giangrasso on December 29, 2009
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This CD will leave you humming the music for weeks and weeks! The Irish Rep production is a few seasons old, but is an excellent CD to purchase particularly if you've just seen the current Broadway version. There are no huge production numbers, no helicopters, no revolving stages...just beautiful songs and extraordinary singing. Of particular note is Max von Essen who plays Woody. Listening to his version of Old Devil Moon is pure magic...worth the price of the CD just for this song. I would highly recommend this for anyone who loves this show, loves the old standards and loves beautiful music.
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21 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Powers on August 5, 2005
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HMMMM....LET'S SEE. WHY DON'T WE RECORD FOR THE FIRST TIME THE ENTIRE ENCHANTING SCORE TO 'FINIANS' RAINBOW' THAT SATIRICAL 1947 SWIPE AT RACIAL INTOLERANCE AND GREED AND CONSUMERISM. OKAY, SO FAR SO GOOD. NOW, LET'S HIRE A CRACKERJACK CAST OF PERFORMERS TO INTERPRET THIS LIGHT-HEARTED AND DELIGHTFUL SCORE. OH DARN! WE RAN OVER-BUDGET, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO HIRE A ORCHESTRA-LET'S NOT WASTE STUDIO TIME-LET'S TINKLE THE ENTIRE SCORE ON A CUPPLA PIANOS.(MAYBE NO ONE WILL NOTICE THAT THIS FIRST COMPLETE RECORDING OF 'FINIANS RAINBOW' SCORE HAS BEEN ROBBED OF ITS' SOUL AND REPLACED BY TINKLE, TINKLE, PLUNK, PLUNK.) THE TWO STAR RATING IS FOR THE PERFORMERS WHO ARE LEFT STRANDED BY PENNY-PINCHING PRODUCERS.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 23, 2009
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Got this as a present for my partner, glad I did, as he loved it.
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