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As You Like It - Shakespeare in Music

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21
>Wilson, John : Where the Bee Sucks
>Wilson, John : Take, O Take Those Lips Away
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Humfrey, Pelham : The Willow Song (from "Othello")
>Shakespeare, William : Hamlet, the play
>Thomas, Ambroise : Hamlet
>Berlioz, Hector : Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Porter, Cole : Kiss Me, Kate
>Shakespeare, William : The Merchant of Venice, play
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Serenade to music
>Shakespeare, William : The Tempest, play
>Sibelius, Jean : The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This selection includes spoken word recordings made in 1959 by Sir John Gielgud of "To be or not to be" from 'Hamlet,' "How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank" from 'The Merchant of Venice,' and "Our revels now are ended" from 'The Tempest.'



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/06/1826

>Wilson, John : Where the Bee Sucks
  • Conductor: Mary Springfels
  • Ensemble: Newberry Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Wilson, John : Take, O Take Those Lips Away
  • Conductor: Mary Springfels
  • Ensemble: Newberry Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1619

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Aire 4 in 2 (Dance for the Followers of Night)
  • Ensemble: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Chacone
  • Ensemble: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Humfrey, Pelham : The Willow Song (from "Othello")
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Shakespeare, William : Hamlet, the play :: To be or not to be
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Thomas, Ambroise : Hamlet :: J'ai pu frapper le misérable...Etre ou ne pas être
  • Performer: Bo Skovhus
  • Conductor: James Conlon
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868

>Berlioz, Hector : Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 09/1839

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64 :: Dance of the Knights
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performers: Larry Kert (Tenor); Carol Lawrence (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Max Goberman
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Kiss Me, Kate
  • Performer: Patricia Morison (Voice)
  • Conductor: Pembroke Davenport
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shakespeare, William : The Merchant of Venice, play :: How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Serenade to music :: Andantino
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1939

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Serenade to music
  • Performers: Adele Addison (Soprano); Lucine Amara (Soprano); Donaldson Bell (Bass Baritone); Charles Bressler (Tenor); Lili Chookasian (Mezzo Soprano); Eileen Farrell; George London (Bass Baritone); Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano); Richard Tucker (Tenor); Jon Vickers
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1938

>Shakespeare, William : The Tempest, play :: Our revels now are ended
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sibelius, Jean : The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109 :: The Mermai
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Sibelius, Jean : The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109 :: Miranda
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Sibelius, Jean : The Tempest, incidental music for vocal soloists, chorus, orchestra & harmonium, Op. 109 :: Caliban's
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925