Anthony Roth Costanzo – Only An Octave Apart (2022) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Anthony Roth Costanzo – Only An Octave Apart (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 55:19 minutes | 586 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © UMC – Decca Gold

Anthony Roth Costanzo and Justin Vivian Bond each sound different from what you would expect when you look at them. The juxtaposition of their voices, personalities, and repertoire subverts notions of high and low, be it in terms of pitch, cultural echelon, or degrees of camp – not to mention the difference in height. By expressing their queer identities through unique interpretations of classical music, pop music, and points of intersection between the two, the music becomes a prismatic reflection of outsiders who might otherwise be intimidated by the bulwark that the classical world can present. There is humor in the clashing of styles, pathos in the depth of expression, and a kind of galvanizing joy in the harmony of purpose. Whether invoking mythology or nature, romance or radical compassion, they carve new pathways between classical tradition and politically subversive cabaret, and allow old works to reveal surprising new stories.

“Opera may now be perceived as normative and elitist, but it has a wild lineage as both an interdisciplinary and popular, zeitgeist-driving form—not to mention one whose popularity was rooted in the sex-symbol status of castrated men. What I have always tried to do, and what I think this show can excel at, is to drop some breadcrumbs for people who are a gateway audience,” stated Costanzo in a press release.

“Cabaret is really intimate and spontaneous and dangerous because you don’t know what’s going to happen, whereas opera at its best is very calculated. There are so many people onstage that every piece of the puzzle has to fit perfectly. So in our work together, Anthony and I get to bring elements of both of those things so it loosens up the opera part a bit and recontextualizes it and, for me, it gets me into a more formalized, practiced way of performing. I think it brings out the best, and something new, in both of us,” Bond added.

01. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Autumn Leaves (05:41)
02. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Egyptian Sun (Walk Like An Egyptian / Hymn To The Sun Medley) (02:45)
03. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Deh Placaveti / Don’t Give Up Medley (07:38)
04. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Two Charming Fairies (One Charming Night / There Are Faeries At The Bottom Of Our Garden Medley) (03:50)
05. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Didos (Dido’s Lament / White Flag Medley) (05:42)
06. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Two Meadowlarks (01:52)
07. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Waters Of March (04:08)
08. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Über Allen Gipfeln ist Ruh (04:01)
09. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Double Rainbow (I’m Always Chasing Rainbows / Rainbow Sleeves Medley) (05:53)
10. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Stars (04:27)
11. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Me And My Shadow (05:26)
12. Anthony Roth Costanzo – Under Pressure (03:48)