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Shakespeare in Music & Words


Release Date: 05/13/2016 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002488902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievGerald FinziCharles GounodNino Rota,   ... 
Performer:  Amy DicksonRenée FlemingAndré RieuJennifer Vyvyan,   ... 
Conductor:  Lorin MaazelNicholas CollonSir Charles MackerrasErnest Ansermet,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland OrchestraAurora OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial 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. 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
2.
Let us garlands bring, Op. 18: no 3, Fear no more the heat o' the sun by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Amy Dickson (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Nicholas Collon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929 
3.
Roméo et Juliette: Ah, je veux vivre by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1871 
4.
Romeo and Juliet: A Time for Us "Love Theme" by Nino Rota
Performer:  André Rieu (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969 
5.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
6.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: If Love's a Sweet Passion by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
7.
Falstaff: Signore, v'assista il cielo! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Facini (Tenor), Anthony Mee (Tenor), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone),
Anatolij Kotscherga (Bass)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
8.
Romeo Juliet: Balcony Scene by Marius de Vries
Conductor:  Paul Bateman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
9.
Otello: Willow Song by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
10.
Let us garlands bring, Op. 18: no 1, Come away, death by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
11.
Macbeth: Patria oppressa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
12.
Henry V: Touch Her Soft Lips by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1943-1944; England 
13.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
14.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Vous soupirez, Madame?... Nuit paisible et sereine by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Helen Watts (Alto), April Cantelo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
15.
Shakespeare Songs (3) for Chorus by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
16.
Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture: Love Theme by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 

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