- Tue, 2012-04-24 18:03
Shakespeare's sonnets have been set to traditional Elizabethan music, played on period instruments, for release on a new album called Shakespeare: The Sonnets.
Performed entirely on instruments dating from the 17th century (albeit recreations thereof), the album was directed by Gramophone Award winning Robert Hollingworth, with singers from across the UK setting The Bard's words to music. The lyrics to each song are entirely Shakespeare's own, with no words added or taken away, but with the order sometimes altered to fit with modern conventions in song structure.
The important feature of this project is its blend of early instruments and playing styles with modern recording techniques and the very modern groove. Percussion is played by famed drummer Geoff Dugmore who can usually be found playing with Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart and Tina Turner, as well as helping out modern day X Factor winners like Matt Cardle.
1) Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore. Sonnet 60
2) Against that time - If ever that time come. Sonnet 49
3) Who will believe my verse in time to come. Sonnet 17
4) How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st. Sonnet 128
5) O, never say that I was false of heart. Sonnet 109
6) Love is too young to know what conscience is. Sonnet 151
7) No longer mourn for me when I am dead. Sonnet 71
8) Thou blind fool love. Sonnet 137
9) Those lines that I before have writ do lie. Sonnet 115
10) When I do count the clock that tells the time. Sonnet 12
11) Shall I compare thee to summers day? Sonnet 18