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Finians Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre Cast Recording)

Finians Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre Cast Recording)

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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 Finianšs 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
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. That 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. That Old Devil Moon Reprise
16. Fiddle Faddle
17. The Begat
18. The Wedding / Look to the Rainbow Reprise
19. When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love  
20. Finian's Farewell
21. Finale 
22. That Old Devil Moon (sung by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
Audio Mixer: Joel Moss

Recorded at Avatar Studio A, New York, NY
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 Finianšs 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
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. That 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. That Old Devil Moon Reprise
16. Fiddle Faddle
17. The Begat
18. The Wedding / Look to the Rainbow Reprise
19. When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love  
20. Finian's Farewell
21. Finale 
22. That Old Devil Moon (sung by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
Audio Mixer: Joel Moss

Recorded at Avatar Studio A, New York, NY
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