Be Thou Now Persuaded: Living in a Shakespearean World

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"Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear." The line comes from Shakespeare's poem "Venus and Adonis," but it could easily serve as the tag line for this truly enchanting Shakespeare tribute, which showcases some of the most gifted actors of the 20th century performing the Bard's greatest works. Though one might expect such a compilation to have a dry, pedantic quality, this brilliantly conceived six-CD set flows together with a dreamlike fluidity that highlights the playwright's staggering facility with language as well as his profound understanding of human nature. Much more than a simple collection of "the Bard's greatest hits," here the presentation's the thing -- ...
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
"Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear." The line comes from Shakespeare's poem "Venus and Adonis," but it could easily serve as the tag line for this truly enchanting Shakespeare tribute, which showcases some of the most gifted actors of the 20th century performing the Bard's greatest works. Though one might expect such a compilation to have a dry, pedantic quality, this brilliantly conceived six-CD set flows together with a dreamlike fluidity that highlights the playwright's staggering facility with language as well as his profound understanding of human nature. Much more than a simple collection of "the Bard's greatest hits," here the presentation's the thing -- the producers have created a fascinating, thematically indexed collage of language, emotion, and meaning. Shakespeare's words were meant to fill the air on the wing of human voices, and here they are launched into flight by some of the world's finest thespians: John Barrymore, Sir Laurence Olivier, Paul Robeson, Orson Welles, Sir John Gielgud, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, John Neville, Claire Bloom, José Ferrer, Sarah Bernhardt, Ralph Richardson, Anthony Quayle, Vanessa Redgrave, Cyril Cusack, Albert Finney, Paul Scofield, Rex Harrison, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Tandy, and Peggy Ashcroft, among others. Living in a Shakespearean World is a celebration of language for those who love the great poet's works and magical words -- words that, to quote Hamlet, "amaze indeed the very faculties of eyes and ears."
All Music Guide - Tim Sheridan
It's more or less accepted that Shakespeare is the greatest writer in English, but this large box set shows he was a really a musician of language.. The speeches and scenes spread over the course of 6 CDs, carefully arranged to cover themes of love, wonder, humanity and death, play like brief symphonic passages. Indeed, in the hands of actors like Richard Burton, Brian Murray, Vanessa Redgrave and Orson Welles, the material truly sings. While some may find the editing a bit choppy, slicing passages to their best known parts, the goal is clearly to celebrate the wisdom and art of the Bard. While the context of some of the passages may be a bit foggy to a first-time listener, the final two disc offer an entire performance of Romeo and Juliet with Claire Bloom and Albert Finney.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227581626
  • Catalog Number: 75816

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Day, Good Day/Good Morrow to This Fair Assembly/Good Morrow, Ajax - Peter Woodthorpe (2:46)
  2. 2 O for a Muse of Fire - Chorus (0:14)
  3. 3 O Brave New World - Anna Massey (0:16)
  4. 4 What a Piece of Work Is Man (0:36)
  5. 5 All the World's a Stage - Max Adrian (1:52)
  6. 6 Life's But a Walking Shadow (0:53)
  7. 7 They Kill Us for Their Sport (0:31)
  8. 8 Man Proud Man (0:26)
  9. 9 Some Vicious Mole of Nature (0:47)
  10. 10 The Web of Our Life - Daniel Thorndyke (0:14)
  11. 11 The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained - Dorothy Tutin (1:19)
  12. 12 Our Remedies Oft in Ourselves Do Lie (0:59)
  13. 13 Hath Not a Few Eyel? (1:23)
  14. 14 I Will a Round Unvarnish'd Tale Deliver (1:07)
  15. 15 I Am Not What I Am (1:20)
  16. 16 I Edgar Nothing Am (1:23)
  17. 17 Oh What a Rogue and Peasant Slave Am I (4:17)
  18. 18 Herein Will I Imitate the Sun - Richard Johnson (1:10)
  19. 19 Banish Plump Jack, And Banish All the World - Richard Johnson (1:37)
  20. 20 I Haue of Late (0:46)
  21. 21 It Is a Melancholy of Mine Own - Max Adrian (1:34)
  22. 22 There Was a Star Danced - Rachel Roberts (0:15)
  23. 23 He Is All Mirth - Alan Webb (0:21)
  24. 24 I Am That Merry Wanderer of the Night (0:49)
  25. 25 Where the Bee Sucks, There Suck I (0:37)
  26. 26 A Born Devil (0:22)
  27. 27 A Man or a Fish? - Ronnie Barker (0:25)
  28. 28 For Her Own Person, It Beg Gar'd All Description - Jack Gwillim (1:28)
  29. 29 O, How That Name Befits My Composition - John Gielgud (1:04)
  30. 30 Thou, Nature, Art My Goddess - John Stride (1:35)
  31. 31 Can I Do This, And Cannot Get a Crown? (3:37)
  32. 32 Come, You Spirits - Judith Anderson (1:09)
  33. 33 One More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends - Laurence Olivier (2:06)
  34. 34 The Other Eden (1:56)
  35. 35 Mine Honor Is My Life (0:26)
  36. 36 Honor Is a Mere Scutcheon (1:24)
  37. 37 I Would Give All My Fame for a Pot of Ale and Safety - Ronnie Stevens (0:22)
  38. 38 I Am Not Only Witty in Myself (0:08)
  39. 39 I Am a Great Eater of Beef - John Neville (0:14)
  40. 40 Here Come Romeo - Kenneth Haigh (1:26)
  41. 41 Didst Thou Ever See Me Do Such a Trick? (1:17)
  42. 42 I Can Compare Our Rich Miser - Aubrey Woods (0:44)
  43. 43 Wherefore, Sweetheart What's Your Metaphor? (1:16)
  44. 44 In the Secret Parts of Fortune? - Gavin Muir (0:26)
  45. 45 Motley's the Only Wear - Derek Godfrey (1:18)
  46. 46 Wast Ever in Court, Shepherd? - Norman Rossington (1:22)
  47. 47 This Fellow Is Wise Enough to Play the Fool - Norman Rossington (2:45)
  48. 48 Sirrah, You Were Best to Take My Coxcomb - Ronnie Stevens (1:52)
  49. 49 It Hath Made Me Mad - Ronald Culver (0:09)
  50. 50 O What a Noble Mind Is Here Overthrown - Zena Walker (0:51)
  51. 51 Away! The Foul Fiend Follows Me! - Ronnie Stevens (1:51)
  52. 52 Out, Damn'd Spot! - Judith Anderson (2:38)
  53. 53 O Fool, I Shall Go Mad (2:01)
  54. 54 The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (0:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred? (2:00)
  2. 2 Beauty Itself Doth of Itself Persuade - Richard Burton (0:07)
  3. 3 God Bless My Ladies! Are They All in Love - Judy Parfitt (1:47)
  4. 4 O She Doth Teach the Torches to Burn Bright (0:47)
  5. 5 It With His Tongue, He Cannot Win a Woman (0:07)
  6. 6 Fair Katherine, And Most Fair (5:58)
  7. 7 Good Morrow, Kate - Elizabeth Taylor (4:45)
  8. 8 Was Ever Woman in the Humor Woo'd? - Elaine Barrie (4:26)
  9. 9 She Lov'd Me for the Dangers I Had Pass'd (2:06)
  10. 10 The Honorable Lady of the House, Which Is She? (4:34)
  11. 11 Love Me! Why, It Must Be Requited (2:02)
  12. 12 Come Woo Me, Woo Me - Keith Michell (2:28)
  13. 13 This Bud of Love - Kate Beckinsale (2:42)
  14. 14 Love Is a Spirit All Compact of Fire - Max Adrian (0:12)
  15. 15 Perditton Catch My Soul, But I Do Love Thee (0:16)
  16. 16 Give Me to Drink Mandragon - Ronnie Stevens (1:59)
  17. 17 Come, Night, Come, Romeo - Kate Beckinsale (2:08)
  18. 18 O Coz, Coz, Coz (0:20)
  19. 19 I Am Giddy (0:41)
  20. 20 How Now, My Love! - Cathy Sara (2:39)
  21. 21 What Angel Wakes Me from My Flowery Bed? - Warren Mitchell (4:10)
  22. 22 Do Not You Love Me? - Rachel Roberts (1:09)
  23. 23 How Sweet the Moonlight (0:40)
  24. 24 I Am Your Spaniel - Emily Raymond (2:54)
  25. 25 My Idolatrous Fancy Must Sanctify His Reliques (1:14)
  26. 26 O Phebe, Phebe, Phebe! - Terence Scully (1:03)
  27. 27 It Music Be the Fool of Love, Play On - Robert Hardy (1:29)
  28. 28 Like Patience on a Monument - Robert Hardy (0:55)
  29. 29 Now Fair Hippolyta, Our Nuptial Hour - Jack Gwillim (1:06)
  30. 30 This Dear Encounter (0:38)
  31. 31 Does Thou in Conscience Think - Anna Massey (3:13)
  32. 32 I Am Not Adriana nor Thy Wife - Anna Massey (1:48)
  33. 33 Dwell I But in the Suburbs of Your Good Pleasure? (1:24)
  34. 34 Like to a Double Cherry - Emily Raymond (0:48)
  35. 35 Give Me That Man That Is Not Passion's Slave - Richard Burton (1:09)
  36. 36 To You, Antonio - Harry Andrew (0:25)
  37. 37 His Good Report Should Have Been My Son - Tarn Bassett (1:13)
  38. 38 Call You Me Daughter? (0:17)
  39. 39 I Am Wild in My Beholding (0:26)
  40. 40 You Gods, Look Down - Peggy Ashcroft (0:10)
  41. 41 I Think This Lady to Be My Child Cordelia (2:09)
  42. 42 If by Your Art - Anna Massey (0:42)
  43. 43 I Know Not Seems - Susan Engel (0:40)
  44. 44 Grief Fills the Room Up of My Absent Child (1:13)
  45. 45 O, That This Too Too Solid Flesh - Richard Burton (2:00)
  46. 46 Ah, My Young Princes - June Jago (1:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Say We Will Have No More Marriages - Emma Fielding (3:01)
  2. 2 All Is Lost; This Foul Egyptian Hath Betrayed Me (1:27)
  3. 3 Thou Subtle, Perjur'd False Disloyal Man! - Joanna Dunham (0:31)
  4. 4 The Man That Hath No Music in Himself (0:26)
  5. 5 Who Will Believe Thee, Isabel? (1:07)
  6. 6 I Know How to Curse (0:12)
  7. 7 Abhorred Slave (0:37)
  8. 8 All the Infections That the Sun Sucks Up (0:19)
  9. 9 I Would Thou Didst Itch from Head to Foot (1:25)
  10. 10 How Long Is't Ago, Jack, Thou Savest Thine Own Knee? - Richard Johnson (0:26)
  11. 11 What, My Dear Lady Disdain! Are You Yet Living? - Rachel Roberts (1:02)
  12. 12 Good Sister, Wrong Me Not - Miles Malleson (1:49)
  13. 13 A Lunatic Lean-Witted Me Not (2:41)
  14. 14 Stay, Dog, For Thou Shalt Hear Me - Peggy Ashcroft (1:07)
  15. 15 What's the Matter, You Dissentious Rogues - Richard Burton (1:01)
  16. 16 Signior Antonio...You Have Rated Me (1:16)
  17. 17 O Goneril! You Are Not Worth the Dust - Michael Aldridge (1:00)
  18. 18 Hear, Nature, Hear Dear Goddess, Hear! (0:51)
  19. 19 Blow Winds and Crack Your Cheeks (1:01)
  20. 20 I Hate the Moor - José Ferrer (1:17)
  21. 21 Inch-Thick, Knee-Deep (1:27)
  22. 22 I Had Been Happy - José Ferrer (3:05)
  23. 23 Draw Thy Tool! - Ronnie Stevens (1:11)
  24. 24 I Am Fortune's Fool - Kenneth Haigh (1:10)
  25. 25 Vengeance Is in My Heart - Maxine Audley (1:25)
  26. 26 Out, Vile Jelly! - Rachel Roberts (3:53)
  27. 27 I Am Not in the Giving Vein Today (1:24)
  28. 28 If Thy Name Tyrrel? (0:38)
  29. 29 What Would You Undertake - Jaime Glover (2:20)
  30. 30 Great Glamis! - Jamie Evans (1:50)
  31. 31 If It Were Done When 'Tis Done (1:33)
  32. 32 Is This a Dagger I See Before Me (1:30)
  33. 33 I Have Been Studying (5:10)
  34. 34 It Is the Cause (6:17)
  35. 35 Now Might I Do It Pat (1:17)
  36. 36 O My Offense Is Rank (4:00)
  37. 37 Give Me Another Horse (3:28)
  38. 38 Give Me Your Pardon, Sir (1:05)
  39. 39 I'll Be Wise (0:05)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Now the Hungry Lion Roars (1:07)
  2. 2 When Shall We Three Meet Again (0:43)
  3. 3 So Foul and Fair a Day - Alec Guinness (3:31)
  4. 4 Double, Double Toil and Trouble (1:44)
  5. 5 Thou Shall See Me at Philippi - Brutus Quayle (1:33)
  6. 6 O My Prophetic Soul! - Richard Burton (5:32)
  7. 7 Sweet Remembrancer - Fay Bainter (2:09)
  8. 8 O Sleep, O Gentle Sleep (1:49)
  9. 9 Sleep No More - Alec Guinness (0:41)
  10. 10 I Have Not Slept (0:31)
  11. 11 She Dreamt To-Night - Ralph Richardson (0:32)
  12. 12 What Was Your Dream? (3:11)
  13. 13 When My Cue Comes, Call Me and I Will Answer - Warren Mitchell (1:33)
  14. 14 O, Then, I See Queen Mab Hath Been With You - Kenneth Haigh (1:55)
  15. 15 I Fear, Too Early (0:31)
  16. 16 We Defy Augury (0:25)
  17. 17 I Haue Lived Long Enough - Alec Guinness (0:30)
  18. 18 We Have Heard the Chimes at Midnight (0:19)
  19. 19 It Smells of Mortality (0:11)
  20. 20 All That Lives Must Die (0:21)
  21. 21 How Long Hast Thow Been a Grave-Maker? - George Rose (6:29)
  22. 22 Come Away, Come Away, Death - Norman Rossington (3:26)
  23. 23 Be Absolute for Death - Ralph Richardson (0:22)
  24. 24 If I Must Die - Tony White (0:08)
  25. 25 Of Comfort No Man Speak (2:03)
  26. 26 To Be or Not to Be (2:04)
  27. 27 Nothing in His Life Became Him Like the Leaving It (0:12)
  28. 28 Lay on MacDuff - Alec Guinness (1:49)
  29. 29 The Bloody Dog Is Dead (1:04)
  30. 30 O Harry Thou Hast Robbed Me of My Youth - Richard Johnson (4:37)
  31. 31 Cut Me to Pieces - Richard Burton (0:55)
  32. 32 I Kill'd Not Thee With Half So Good a Will (1:45)
  33. 33 And Smote Him, Thus (1:44)
  34. 34 Howl, Howl, Howl, Howl! (5:59)
  35. 35 The Rest Is Silence - Richard Burton (2:19)
  36. 36 I Am Dying, Egypy, Dying - Pamela Brown (1:53)
  37. 37 I Have Immortal Longings in Me - Pamela Brown (3:09)
  38. 38 Falstaff If Dead - Pauline Jameson (1:04)
  39. 39 Ah, Dear Juliet, Why Are Thou Yet So Fair? (1:56)
  40. 40 Happy Dagger! This Is Thy Sheath - Kate Beckinsale (1:33)
  41. 41 Fear No More the Heat O' the Sun - Robert Palmer (1:33)
  42. 42 Our Revels Now Are Ended (0:51)
  43. 43 Farewells: Little Helen Farewell/Farewell Master Farewell Farewell/And - Richard Johnson (3:41)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Act I, Scene I - Kenneth Haigh (11:39)
  2. 2 Act I, Scene I - Kenneth Haigh (4:47)
  3. 3 Act I, Scene III - Kenneth Haigh (5:45)
  4. 4 Act I, Scene IV - Kenneth Haigh (4:51)
  5. 5 Act I, Scene V - Kenneth Haigh (8:00)
  6. 6 Act II, Scene I - Kenneth Haigh (3:32)
  7. 7 Act II, Scene II - Kenneth Haigh (10:34)
  8. 8 Act II, Scene III - Kenneth Haigh (5:35)
  9. 9 Act II, Scene IV - Kenneth Haigh (8:24)
  10. 10 Act II, Scene V - Kenneth Haigh (4:22)
  11. 11 Act II, Scene VI - Kenneth Haigh (2:06)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Act III, Scene I - Kenneth Haigh (8:27)
  2. 2 Act III, Scene II - Kenneth Haigh (8:43)
  3. 3 Act III, Scene III - Kenneth Haigh (8:43)
  4. 4 Act III, Scene IV - Kenneth Haigh (1:37)
  5. 5 Act III, Scene V - Kenneth Haigh (12:38)
  6. 6 Act IV, Scene I - Kenneth Haigh (5:54)
  7. 7 Act IV, Scene II - Kenneth Haigh (1:58)
  8. 8 Act IV, Scene III - Kenneth Haigh (2:55)
  9. 9 Act IV, Scene IV - Kenneth Haigh (0:16)
  10. 10 Act IV, Scene V - Kenneth Haigh (6:04)
  11. 11 Act V, Scene I - Kenneth Haigh (4:23)
  12. 12 Act V, Scene II - Kenneth Haigh (1:02)
  13. 13 Act V, Scene III - Kenneth Haigh (16:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Track Performer
Paul Robeson Track Performer
Leo McKern Track Performer
Rex Harrison Track Performer
Blanche Yurka Track Performer
Anthony Quayle Track Performer
Claire Bloom Track Performer
Jeremy Brett Track Performer
Paul Scofield Track Performer
José Ferrer Track Performer
Alfred Drake Track Performer
Cyril Cusack Track Performer
Siobhan McKenna Track Performer
Robert Hardy Track Performer
John Barrymore Track Performer
Robert Stephens Track Performer
Pamela Brown Track Performer
Stanley Holloway Track Performer
Celia Johnson Track Performer
Ralph Richardson Track Performer
Geraldine McEwan Track Performer
Geraldine James Track Performer
Jessica Tandy Track Performer
Ian Holm Track Performer
John Gielgud Track Performer
Ann Bell Track Performer
Jack Ellis Track Performer
Albert Finney Track Performer
Rosemary Harris Track Performer
Ian Hughes Track Performer
Laurence Olivier Track Performer
Trevor Martin Track Performer
Tony White Track Performer
Michael Redgrave Track Performer
Margaret Leighton Track Performer
Wiloughby Goddard Track Performer
Hugh Griffith Track Performer
Eileen Herlie Track Performer
William Squire Track Performer
Michael Sheen Track Performer
Sarah Woodward Track Performer
Michael Aldridge Track Performer
Peter Wyngarde Track Performer
Harry Andrews Track Performer
Frank Wood Track Performer
Anton Lesser Track Performer
Elizabeth Taylor Track Performer
Patricia Routledge Track Performer
Heathcote Williams Track Performer
Benjamin Soames Track Performer
Emma Fielding Track Performer
Vanessa Redgrave Track Performer
Peter Yapp Track Performer
Edith Evans Track Performer
Judith Anderson Track Performer
Max Adrian Narrator
George Rose Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Bob Fisher Remastering
Richard Foos Concept
Elizabeth Pavone Producer, Liner Notes
Norma Edwards Editorial Research
Julie Vlasak Art Direction
Michael W. Johnson Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Stern Liner Notes
Richard Romaniello Archival Materials
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