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Shakespeare in Music & Words - Music inspired by Shakespeare & highlights from his greatest prose read by Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud & Vanessa Redgrave et al. / Sutherland, Fleming, Terfel, Rieu et al.

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let us garlands bring, for voice & piano, Op. 18
>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette
>Rota, Nino : A Time for Us (Love Theme from the film Romeo and Juliet)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 Incidental Music
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
>Armstrong, Craig : Romeo & Juliet
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Walton, William : Henry V - Concert Suite from Film Score
>Berlioz, Hector : Béatrice et Bénédict
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Shakespeare Songs (3) for chorus
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
>Shakespeare, William : Troilus & Cresida
>Shakespeare, William : Twelfth Night
>Shakespeare, William : The Taming of the Shrew
>Shakespeare, William : Much Ado About Nothing
>Shakespeare, William : Hamlet
>Shakespeare, William : As You Like It
>Shakespeare, William : Romeo and Juliet
>Shakespeare, William : Othello
>Shakespeare, William : Richard III
>Shakespeare, William : Julius Caesar
>Shakespeare, William : Macbeth
>Shakespeare, William : Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)
>Shakespeare, William : That time of year thou mayst in me behold (Sonnet 73)
>Shakespeare, William : Let me not to the marriage of true minds (Sonnet 116)
>Shakespeare, William : King Lear
>Shakespeare, William : Antony & Cleopatra
>Shakespeare, William : The Tempest
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Notes & Reviews:

2016 marks 400 years since the death of Shakespeare and to commemorate, Decca is pleased to offer this compilation of music and spoken word. The first half includes musical works inspired by works of the bard. The second half is devoted to a selection of Shakespeare's most famous speeches from his plays and sonnets in recordings by such acclaimed actors as Vanessa Redgrave, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer and many more.



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 :: Act 1
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let us garlands bring, for voice & piano, Op. 18 :: no 3, Fear no more the heat o' the sun
  • Performer: Amy Dickson
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Act 1
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Notes: Composition written: 1865-71.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Rota, Nino : A Time for Us (Love Theme from the film Romeo and Juliet)
  • Performer: André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 Incidental Music :: no 1 Scherzo
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performer: Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1689

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff :: Act 1
  • Performers: Enrico Facini (Tenor); Anatoly Kotcherga (Bass); Anthony Mee; Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Armstrong, Craig : Romeo & Juliet :: Balcony Scene
  • Conductor: Paul Bateman
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1996

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 4
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let us garlands bring, for voice & piano, Op. 18 :: no 1, Come away death
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 4
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Walton, William : Henry V - Concert Suite from Film Score :: Touch Her Soft Lips, and Part
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1988.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 Incidental Music :: Wedding March
  • Performer: Peter Hurford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Berlioz, Hector : Béatrice et Bénédict :: Act 1
  • Performer: April Cantelo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 08/1860-02/1862

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Shakespeare Songs (3) for chorus
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1951

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture :: Love theme
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Shakespeare, William : Troilus & Cresida :: The Prologue
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Twelfth Night :: Act 2, Scene 4. Orsino Discusses His Love for Olivia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : The Taming of the Shrew :: Katherine's Advice to Women
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Much Ado About Nothing :: Act 4, Scene 1. Benedict Confesses His Love
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Hamlet :: Act 3, Scene 1. To Be or Not to Be
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : As You Like It :: Act 2, Scene 7. All the World's a Stage
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Romeo and Juliet :: Act 3, Scene 2. Juliet Impatiently Awaits Romeo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Othello :: Act 1, Scene 3. Tells How He Won Desdemona's Love
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : As You Like It :: Epilogue
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Richard III :: Act 3, Scene 2. King Richard Gives Way to Despair
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Julius Caesar :: Act 3, Scene 2. Antony Addresses the Crowd After Caesar's Assassination
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Macbeth :: Act 5, Scene 5. Hears of His Wife's Death
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : That time of year thou mayst in me behold (Sonnet 73)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Let me not to the marriage of true minds (Sonnet 116)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : King Lear :: Act 3, Scene 2. Lear and His Fool on the Heath
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : Antony & Cleopatra :: Act 4, Scene 15. Antony Dies in the Arms of Cleopatra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Shakespeare, William : The Tempest :: Act 5, Scene 1. Prospero Renounces His Magic Powers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance