Shakespeare in Song

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

The one-two punch of words plus music gives choral music its power. And when the words come from William Shakespeare, the music is all the more inspired.

Today’s program focuses on how Shakespeare's plays and poetry have inspired composers from around the world – from his native England, to Germany, to Finland, to the U.S. We hear the different ways composers have tried to bring his words to life in music, with a special focus on texts from The Tempest and A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

Playlist

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs for Chorus

No. 1 Full Fathom Five

No. 2 Cloud-Capp’d Towers

No. 3 Over Hill, Over Dale

Holst Singers

Stephen Layton, Conductor

Album Title: Vaughan Williams: Over Hill, Over Dale

Hyperion 66777

 

Emma Lou Diemer: Three Madrigals

O mistress mine, where are you going

Take, o take these lips

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more

University of North Texas Chamber Choir and the University of North A Cappella Choir

Jerry McCoy, Conductor

Ling Yu Kan, Piano

Album Title: Musicks Empire

GIA Publications (ChoralWorks Series) CD-710

 

Amy Marcy Beach: Three Shakespeare Choruses, Op. 39

I Over hill, over dale

II Come unto these yellow sands

III Through the house give glimmering light

Etherea Vocal Ensemble

Derek Greten-Harrison, Conductor

Album Title: Hymn To The Dawn

Delos 3431

 

Jaakko Mantyjarvi: Four Shakespeare Songs:

Come away, come away, death

Lullaby

Double, double toil and trouble

Full Fathom Five

Phoenix Bach Choir

Charles Bruffy, Conductor

Album Title: Shakespeare in Song

Chandos CHSA 5031

 

Frank Martin: Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempset’

Come unto these yellow sands (Ariel’s Song)

Full Fathom Five

Before you can say, ‘Come,’ and ‘Go’

You are three men of sin

Where the bee sucks, there suck I

Berlin RIAS Kammerchor

Daniel Reuss, Conductor

Album Title: Martin: Messe pour double choeur a cappella

Harmonia Mundi 1951834

 

Johannes Brahms: Lied von Shakespeare

Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Album Title: Brahms: Choral Works

Philips 666902

 

George Shearing: Songs and Sonnets

I. Live with me and be my love (Sonnet)

VII. Hey, ho, the wind and the rain (from Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’)

The Cambridge Singers

John Rutter, Conductor

Malcolm Creese, Double bass

Wayne Marshall, Piano

Album Title: John Rutter: Feel The Spirit

Collegium Records 128

 

Nils Lindberg: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Phoenix Bach Choir

Charles Bruffy, Conductor

Album Title: Shakespeare in Song

Chandos CHSA 5031

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Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

I love this program and especially this week's topic. Though not written for chorus, I've always loved three songs Dame Janet Baker recorded for His Master's Voice to Shakespeare's texts: "O Mistress Mine" by Hubert Parry and two settings of "It Was a Lover and his Lass", one by Roger Quilter and the other by Gerald Finzi.

Mar. 02 2014 09:56 AM

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