This album is a collection of 14 torch songs sung by stage legend and Tony Award winner Patti LuPone. On it Patti performs an eclectic collection of songs by such composers and lyricists as Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Enjoy what Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times described as ďa beautifully paced, marvelously delivered torch-song exploration of the pleasures and pains of love; LuPoneís remarkable, larger-than-life qualities and stunning musicality are distilled into the pure essence of her art.Ē
A Note about "The Lady with the Torch" from Album Producer Joel Moss:"What can anyone say about Patti LuPone that hasn't already been said? How about...musical evangelist! Patti has performed this collection of tunes, in concert, before legions of adoring fans. For a record producer, the familiar and studied delivery of such personal material can be contrary to the purely audio experience. There's no help from body language and no visual shtick to help guide the audience on the journey, and sadly, the so-well-choreographed live performance rarely has the same pay-off coming from your stereo or iPod, especially with an album of 'torch songs.' Then Patti stepped up to the mic that first session in the studio, and found the places in her heart that spoke the truth about the fourteen stories on this CD...and I believed."