Tori Amos Releases Original Cast Recording of The Light Princess
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:49:41
Today, with Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics, Grammy award-winning songwriter Tori Amos releases the original London cast recording of The Light Princess, a love story and musical based on a Scottish folk tale. Set in a faraway place, with themes of grief and redemption, it clearly bears the stamp of Amos, who composed and wrote the score. The New York Times review called its music “a soundscape” with “its own pulsating beauty, as if Philip Glass had been commissioned to score Cinderella.”
The soundtrack features not only the stars of the cast—including Rosalie Craig, praised in that same review for her soaring vocals and, in no small measure,“a star is born”— but Amos herself, playing two songs from the show for the first time. One of them, “Darkest Hour,” was also released today. You can check it out here:
For an artist whose prolific output is “A Sorta Fairytale” in itself, it might surprise some that 2013 musical The Light Princess was Amos's first jump into musical theater. But in her expansive career, there seems to be a time for everything, each taken at its own pace. Recently, this included a holiday album (Midwinter Graces), classical work (Night of Hunters), and orchestral adaptations of older songs (Gold Dust ), not to mention occasional charity appearances (Amos is the former spokeswoman and long-time advocate for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
Of the play's characters, Amos feels a strong connection to Althea, the title role played by Craig. “I feel her deeply in my bones," she says. It's an uncanny resemblance, too. Take a look at the cover: It's not Amos, as you might think, but Craig.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
The Light Princess Soundtrack is available at iTunes.