Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

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by Hem
     
 

Although billed as a Hem release, Twelfth Night rarely visits the folk-pop songwriting that earned the band a following during the early 2000s. Instead, this is a relatively traditional Celtic record (replete with flute solos, orchestral strings, and traditional Irish reels) performed by a cast of movie stars and Shakespearean actors, with…  See more details below

Overview

Although billed as a Hem release, Twelfth Night rarely visits the folk-pop songwriting that earned the band a following during the early 2000s. Instead, this is a relatively traditional Celtic record (replete with flute solos, orchestral strings, and traditional Irish reels) performed by a cast of movie stars and Shakespearean actors, with Hem serving as the backup band. There are 28 tracks sandwiched into 32 minutes -- a tight squeeze in theory, perhaps, although the songs rarely feel rushed -- and the music vacillates between instrumentals and vocally driven numbers, devoting most of its focus to creating a mood rather than spawning hit songs. All of this leaves little room for Hem to inject their own flavor, and while the musicians provide fitting backdrops for the show's performers, they wind up playing second fiddle to the actors, the text, and the Elizabethan ambience that permeates the whole project. That's likely the point, however, and Twelfth Night ends up being a fun, unique interpretation of the titular play, even if those listening for Hem's influence will find little of the band's signature sound here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2009
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003087520
catalogNumber:
30875

Tracks

  1. Illyrian Aire
  2. Black Thorn Stick
  3. One Self King
  4. The Funeral
  5. The Rose In the Heather
  6. Take, O Take Those Lips Away
  7. Take, O Take Those Lips Away
  8. Not Too Fast! Soft, Soft!
  9. Full Phathom Five
  10. Sebastian and Antonio
  11. The Kerry Polka
  12. O Mistress Mine
  13. Come Away Death
  14. Come Away Death
  15. The Clock Upbraids Me
  16. The Little Villain
  17. To the Gates of Tartar
  18. Illyrian Aire
  19. Where is Fancy Bred?
  20. Enter Sebastian
  21. This is the Air
  22. The Bonnie Bunny
  23. Hey Robin, Jolly Robin
  24. I Am Gone, Sir
  25. The Bonnie Bunny
  26. Tempests Are Kind
  27. The Wind and the Rain
  28. The Wind and the Rain

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hem   Primary Artist
Eric Reed   French Horn
Garo Yellin   Cello
Richard Heckman   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe
Christopher Layer   Flute,Human Whistle,uillean pipes
Gary Maurer   Guitar,Mandolin,Musician,Group Member
Mark Brotter   Drums,Group Member
George Rush   Bass,Group Member
Ray Rizzo   Percussion,Vocals,Bodhran
Victoria Paterson   Violin
Dan Messe   Piano,Musician,Group Member
Steve Curtis   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Musician,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Sally Ellyson   Vocals,Group Member
Greg Pliska   Conductor
Victor Lowrie   Viola
Anna Reinersman   Harp
Andrew Crowe   Violin,Vocals
George Dewar   Cello
Carla Fabiani   Viola
Leslie Harrison   Flute,Human Whistle
Maria Harrold   French Horn
Illyrian Marching Band   Track Performer
Chris MacDonnel   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe
Eric Reed   French Horn
John Romeri   Flute
Gowanus Radio Orchestra   Track Performer
Victoria Paterson   Violin
Christopher Layer   Flute,uillean pipes

Technical Credits

Christopher Layer   Arranger
William Shakespeare   Lyricist
Gary Maurer   Engineer
Greg Pliska   Orchestration
Tom Gloady   Engineer
David Schoenwetter   Engineer
Avba Messé   Illustrations
Chris Allen   Engineer
Walter Sear   Engineer
Christopher Layer   Arranger,Whistle
Ted Tuthill   Engineer

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Twelfth Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Alexgrey More than 1 year ago
I am so utterly in love with this soundtrack. From the remarkable vocals (Anne Hathaway more than lives up to her shakespearean influence). To superb orchestra. This CD reminds me of spring, summer and love. A time when you just want to run outside, dance and kiss in the rain. Its peaceful while being joyful. My only problem is, its far too short, I would love to have listened to this for many, many more hours.