Elegies - A Song Cycle by William Finn Cast Recording
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Audio CD, Cast Recording, June 24, 2003
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The most haunting moments (for me) occur when ensemble singing is heard, such as the opening quintet, the wordless male trio interludes in "Mark and Monica", and the finale. The vocal writing at these moments is absolutely brilliant, taking advantage of each singer's strong points.
My only criticism (and it is perhaps just that I am unused to Finn's aesthetic) is that everything is is so self-referential. We do not have the memories that he does of his family and friends, and although these songs bring them to life for us to some extent, they are impressionistic portraits drawn from a cohesive whole that only he knows deeply. Writing this cycle must have been very cathartic for Finn.
That said, I am sure that repeated listenings of this work will allow me to hear things that are as yet not noticed. It would also be wonderful to see a live performance of Elegies, adding a new dimension to the overall experience.
Bottom line, then: Bravo, Mr. Finn! Thanks for sharing your world and the people it contain(ed).
I really love the Monica and Mark storyline (Mark's All-Male Thanksgiving, Monica and Mark, and Anytime) and these are my favorite songs on the album. The song Monica and Mark especially gets me and I love how it incorporates motifs from the other two songs. The first time I was listening to this album, I had to just stop what I was doing and devote my full attention to this song. I just love the "da da da da da da" sections. The setup for Anytime is perfect and made me cry. I think I like Anytime better on the "Infinite Joy" album, but that could be because I'm used to it.
I also enjoy the storyline about Finn's mother, especially 14 Dwight Ave. I really like Mr. Choi (especially "Looking in the window...") and Finn has said that it is his favorite song on the album, along with Only One. Passover and My Dogs make me smile. I like the music to Joe Papp, but I'm not crazy about the simple lyrics ("Joe Papp never took crap"). I love the song Infinite Joy, but I prefer Liz Callaway's version on the "Infinite Joy" album (I adore Liz Callaway).Read more ›
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"Elegies" is a aonderful recording! A must-have for anyone into his previous work. "Anytime" is one of his finest songs.Published on January 27, 2014 by M. William Panek
I was sold on this album from hearing Carolee Carmello's rendition of 'Anytime'! The only William Finn music I was familiar with was Spelling Bee and this album proved to be a... Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by waltzboy237
Finn writes intelligent soulful lyrics, beautiful music, and consistently defies expectations. Read more
What is there to say about Elegies that hasn't already been said? Let me start off by saying this is a totally biased review. Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Joe
I had the great good fortune to see a production in Boston, about a year after the NY production represented here. Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by William S. Oser
The work here is about more than simple aesthetics of the voice. Hello...it's called ELEGIES for a reason. Read morePublished on March 28, 2005 by NYU Theater Major
I love the pianist.
I was a fan of Finn's "A New Brain" (thanks, mostly, to it being Kristen Chenoweth's B'way debut) and was excited to purchase this album. Read more
if i were to summarize the experience of listening to this CD, it would be in a very simple sentence - great. Read morePublished on December 3, 2003 by philip_tiongson
I am a huge Finn fan and when I purchased this CD it was like purchasing an heirloom, something I will cherish. Each song is beautifully placed. Read morePublished on October 22, 2003 by Lonnie Westeen