Walton: Music for Shakespeare’s As You Like It; Music for Shakespeare’s Henry V; Music for Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Music for Shakespeare’s Richard III

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COMPOSERS: Walton
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Music for Shakespeare’s As You Like It; Music for Shakespeare’s Henry V; Music for Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Music for Shakespeare’s Richard III
PERFORMER: John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer (narrator)Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 7041 (1990/91)
Material from three volumes of Chandos’s series of Walton’s film music. Shakespeare inspired some of his finest work. Henry V is a masterpiece: Plummer’s narration is superb, he delivers the famous Harfleur and St Crispin’s Day speeches with a fire reminiscent of Olivier. Gielgud’s Hamlet and Richard III soliloquies are movingly and persuasively delivered. The short As You Like It suite is a gem. Marriner draws virtuoso performances from the ASMF players, who clearly relish these thrilling ceremonial and darkly dramatic scores. Ian Lace

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