16 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rufus Wainwright has popular-song chops and an ambitious streak (see his opera), so it makes sense that he’d want to set Shakespeare’s sonnets to music. On Take All My Loves, he even provides multiple interpretations of individual pieces. "Sonnet 43" is first arranged for spoken vocals and flinty electronics before it’s presented with orchestral sweep and operatic singing. “Unperfect Actor (Sonnet 23)” tilts into adult-contemporary rock, while other tracks have a progressive folk feel. Throughout, Wainright’s sonic diversity complements the range of literary devices that reside in the Bard's source material.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rufus Wainwright has popular-song chops and an ambitious streak (see his opera), so it makes sense that he’d want to set Shakespeare’s sonnets to music. On Take All My Loves, he even provides multiple interpretations of individual pieces. "Sonnet 43" is first arranged for spoken vocals and flinty electronics before it’s presented with orchestral sweep and operatic singing. “Unperfect Actor (Sonnet 23)” tilts into adult-contemporary rock, while other tracks have a progressive folk feel. Throughout, Wainright’s sonic diversity complements the range of literary devices that reside in the Bard's source material.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings
amonarch87 ,

No, just no.

Why can't I give 1/2 a star Where's the beef? This is an art/ classical crossover? No.

If people want to hear Shakespeare set to music look no further than the 1964 British jazz classic, "Shakespeare and all that Jazz" from Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth. It features the exquisite, "Shall I compare thee to a Summer's Day" (Sonnet 18) not to mention Sonnets 40 and 147. Also the 1978 recording, "Wordsongs" is also highly recommended.

Do yourself a favor, seek out a classic recording, not this rubbish.

JJ Rider ,

For Florence alone, simply Brilliant

Enough said.

Sammyotoe ,

I Love This!!

I love everything about this album. If you love Opera, Shakespeare, Music, and are not afraid of something a little different this is for you. It's interesting and beautiful sound kept my attention throughout. The use of some of my favorite actors brought a quirky personality which I adore. So, go ahead get it! Maybe check out your local record store!

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