- Audio CD (7 July 2014)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD, Colour
- Label: SFE
- ASIN: B00KJHRH2S
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Ten Plagues - A Song Cycle CD+DVD, Colour
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‘Ten Plagues’ is an award winning one-man song cycle written especially for Marc Almond by celebrated playwright Mark Ravenhill (‘Shopping And F**king’, ‘Mother Clap’s Molly House’ and ‘The Cut’) with the accomplished musical dramatist Conor Mitchell. ‘Ten Plagues’ is presented here in a special 2-disc package including an all new studio recording of the complete work as well as a DVD of the live stage show filmed at the historic Wilton’s Music Hall in East London. Marc Almond plays a character wracked by the loss of friends, lovers, family and sanity in a city in the midst of crisis and disease. He tries to hold on to his humanity despite mourning, grief, despair and the physical isolation that the plague necessitates. ‘Ten Plagues’ in turn conjures up our reactions to more contemporary pandemics: for example, the fear, hysteria and prejudice about the first victims of AIDS, at the outset referred to as a ‘gay plague’; those who suffered were afraid, isolated and made to feel outcasts of society. The piece was performed at the Traverse Theatre at The Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in 2011 and received the prestigious ‘Fringe First Award'.
Top Customer Reviews
After witnessing the show at Wiltons last year I knew I had to have it, yes it is bleak but the hope expressed in the final track was euphorious!
Seen strictly as a piece of chamber music, Ten Plagues works well enough; in fact, it would be interesting to hear it performed by a trained voice rather than by Marc although (given that it was written for him!) this first recording has a particular authenticity. He works well with the more comic or grotesque moments (such as "The Wig") but his idiosyncratic vocal technique is not so well suited to some of the more lyrical passages, resulting in a recording that overall is probably uglier than it should be.
Mark Ravenhill's libretto works well and Conor Mitchell (here performing his own music on piano) has provided a detailed and intelligent score. This is an adventurous work, but needs to be recognised as a curiosity of the classical world rather than as a Marc Almond album proper. Approach with caution.