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Ten Plagues - A Song Cycle CD+DVD, Colour

3.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. SPRING
  2. THE COMET
  3. WITHOUT A WORD
  4. TO DREAM
  5. MARKET
  6. THE PIT
  7. FAREWELL
  8. BY DAY
  9. A NEW LAW
  10. SEEING YOU
  11. THE WIG
  12. THE HERMIT
  13. GRIEF
  14. THE QUACKER
  15. RETURN
  16. TEN PLAGUES
  17. EPILOGUE

Disc: 2

  1. SPRING
  2. THE COMET
  3. WITHOUT A WORD
  4. TO DREAM
  5. MARKET
  6. THE PIT
  7. FAREWELL
  8. BY DAY
  9. A NEW LAW
  10. SEEING YOU
  11. THE WIG
  12. THE HERMIT
  13. GRIEF
  14. THE QUACKER
  15. RETURN
  16. TEN PLAGUES
  17. EPILOGUE

Product Description

Product Description

‘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'.

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Wow, what an amazing, pertinent and emotive work, cleverly written and delivered with precision. Thoroughly chilling experimental theatre at its very best. Marc surprises us yet again!
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Marc Almond never disappoints. This is very different than anything he has done before and needs a few listens to before it sinks in. It is deliciously dark with strange haunting melodies. Marvellous!!!
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Stunning
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!
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By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 July 2014
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Having followed Marc's career since Soft Cell's early singles, I must say that I've always had a soft spot for his recordings with voice and piano, especially the Violent Silence e.p. Hopes that this song cycle might be along similar lines would be misplaced, however, because this is a highly theatrical piece: a series of songs about the central character's life during the London plague of 1665. It sits in Marc's catalogue alongside The Tyburn Tree, John Harle's 2014 album about London, except that his voice was there wrapped in full orchestration, drenched in reverb, whereas here we have it presented with an uncomfortable starkness and intimacy.

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.
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Very theatrical and very hard going, if you think this is gonna be a normal Marc almond DVD you'll be disappointed so be warned. That said Marc's voice is in fine form and it shows what a great singer and performer he is and he can never be described as boring as every project he does is different to the last. I'm sure the Marc die hards will buy this but even they might struggle let's hope the next DVD is a proper live concert until then I suggest buying 12 years of tears live at the royal Albert hall it really is Marc doing what he does best.
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Excellent cd ( Marc almond ) a bit different to marc almond other albums vermine in ermine stars we are enchanted !!! Worth buying if you like Marc almond
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