Rufus Wainwright – Live at Glastonbury 2022 – Recorded and broadcast live on June 24, 2022 – BBC 6 Music –
Rufus Wainwright to end up the weekend and take us into the 4th of July. Recorded and broadcast live on June 24, at Glastonbury 2022 by BBC6 Music.
Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright has recorded 10 studio albums and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written two classical operas and set Shakespeare’s sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson.
Rufus Wainwright‘s self-titled debut album was released through DreamWorks Records in May 1998. His second album, Poses, was released in June 2001. Wainwright’s third and fourth studio albums, Want One (2003) and Want Two (2004), were repackaged as the double album Want in 2005. In 2007, Wainwright released his fifth studio album Release the Stars and his first live album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. His second live album Milwaukee at Last!!! was released in 2009, followed by the studio albums All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010) and Out of the Game (2012). The double album Prima Donna (2015), was a recording of his opera of the same name. His ninth studio album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets (2016), featured nine adaptions of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Rufus’ 10th studio album, Unfollow the Rules, was released on July 20, 2020.
In addition to his tenor singing voice, Wainwright plays piano and guitar, often switching between the two instruments when performing live. While some songs feature just Wainwright and his piano, his later work is often accompanied by rock instrumentation or a symphony orchestra, displaying complex layering and harmonies with an operatic feel. Wainwright is an opera enthusiast and likes Franz Schubert’s lieder. Wainwright’s music has been described as “popera” (pop opera) or “baroque pop”. Many of his compositions are densely packed amalgams of strings, horns, operatic choruses, and ragtime rhythms, with a warm vocal timbre.
He often performs with his sister, Martha Wainwright, on backup vocals. Despite critical acclaim, Wainwright has experienced limited commercial success in the United States, although the release of Release the Stars saw increased media attention there, as did the associated 2007 U.S. tour.
And here we are, smack in the middle of Summer 2022 and Rufus Wainwright is holding court at Glasto – enjoy the show.