Finzi: Fear no more the heat of the sun, Op.18, No.3
The Prologue - Troilus & Cressida
Orsino discusses his love for Olivia
Katherine's advice to women
Benedict confesses his love - Much ado about nothing
To be or not to be, Hamlet
All the world's a stage - As You Like It
Juliet impatiently awaits Romeo - Romeo and Juliet
Othello tells how he won Desdemona's love - Othello
Epilogue - As You Like It
King Richard gives way to despair - Richard III
Antony addresses the crowd after Caesars assassination
Macbeth hears of his wifes death
Shall I compare thee to a summers day- Sonnet 18
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
Let Me Not To The Marriage of True Minds
Lear and his fool on the heath
Antony dies in the arms of Cleopatra
Prospero renounces his magic powers
Shakespeare in Music and Words
Decca Celebrates 400 Years of Shakespeare with a Collection of Spoken Word and Music
To celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare, Decca presents a double-album of music inspired by the Bard as well as highlights of his greatest written work.
The first half consists of famous classical pieces where the composers have taken inspiration from Shakespeare's best-loved plays and poems. Highlights include: Tchaikovsky's ‘Dance of the Knights', Armstrong's ‘Balcony Scene', Mendelssohn's ‘Wedding March' and Vaughan-Williams ‘Three Shakespeare Songs' to name but a few. From orchestral to vocal music, this collection features performances by Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Herbert bon Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Colin Davis, Gerog Solti, The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and many more.
The second half features a selection of Shakespeare's most famous speeches from his plays and sonnets. The recordings feature readings from acclaimed actors such as Richard Pasco, Vanessa Redgrave CBE, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer and more. The short extracts, speeches and poems are not just the perfect introduction to the work of William Shakespeare but also a fantastic anthology of best-loved pieces for those who know the work well. Highlights include excerpts from Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and many more.
The spoken word selections are taken from a complete and unabridged collection of Shakespeare's 37 plays, performed by The Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players, plus all of the 154 Sonnets combined with the 3 narrative poems. These recordings, originally made in the late 1950s and 1960s, have been re-mastered and brought together in one set for the first time. The complete set, available on 100 CDs, will be available later this year. There is no better way to enjoy every word that Shakespeare wrote.