Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blast from the past: Monique and Menchu in song

Note: The old audio clips weren't working anymore, so I thought I'd restore and repost them, for the benefit especially of new visitors. Enjoy!

[From Verbatim: Monique Wilson] In 1995, Tanghalang Pilipino's El Filibusterismo (music by Ryan Cayabyab, libretto by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera) was performed in Japan, with Monique Wilson playing Maria Clara. A Japanese record producer, Kaz Ishikawa, was so enthralled by her voice that he invited her to record a CD of Gershwin songs under his label, MusicScape.

The result was Monique Sings Gershwin, a beautifully packaged collection of 16 timeless standards that showcases Ms. Wilson's pristine pipes and dramatic way with song. [The CD is not available commercially. To order, call New Voice Company 8966695/8965497.] Here is Ms. Wilson singing a lovely, wistful version of Someone to Watch Over Me.

[From Verbatim: Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo] In Bart Guingona's staging of Once On This Island last year and early this year [2005-2006], Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo played the role of Erzulie, the goddess of love watching over the tragic lovers Ti Moune (Raki Vega) and Daniel (Jeffrey Hidalgo, replaced by Gian Magdangal in the second run).

Here is an unreleased recording of Ms. Lauchengco-Yulo singing the score's most enchanting song, Part of the Human Heart. (“Her sensuous take on Erzulie's anthem was a true highlight,” I said in my review.)


RainB said...

Sigh, I just remembered that during our retreat at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, we used that Gershwin song "Someone to Watch Over Me." Love the song.

Anonymous said...

“Her sensuous take on Erzulie's anthem was a true highlight”

i'm sorry but menchu sounds like she's singing a nescafe jingle.


gibbs cadiz said...

yep, you remembered! that song stayed with me for a long time that i searched for the album everywhere--even in hmv in hk and stores in japan when i got to travel to those places. wala. it was only when monique w. did her 25th anniv. (ata) concert that i saw copies being sold at the front desk. grab na, haha! :)

am sorry, BABYGIRLATANG, i disagree. but appreciate your candid comment. :)

Sharline said...

I love this song so much and listening to Monique sing it made my day. Thanks, Gibbs! :) How much is the CD?

gibbs cadiz said...

hi SHARLINE, you're welcome! about P500 ata. :)

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