Rufus Wainwright, ‘Live from the Artists Den’ (Artists Den Records/UMe)
This live recording, available on both CD and Blu-ray, presents singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright’s poignant, memorable performance of May 17, 2012, first broadcast on the PBS show “Live from the Artists Den.”
Wainwright selected a wonderfully atmospheric setting for the concert; Manhattan’s beautiful Church of the Ascension. The set list draws from his own catalogue and that of his late mother’s, folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
In fact, Wainwright conjures up his mother’s memory in the opening song, “Candles” (from his 2012 album “Out of the Night”), a heartstring-pulling number about trying to find just the right place to light a candle in his mother’s memory. Later in the set he performs “On My Way to Town,” a song his mother wrote with her sister, Anna, which features a gentle piano accompaniment. You can hear him whispering “Thank you, mom,” at the song’s end.More