When Love Speaks

When Love Speaks


An unusual collaboration, When Love Speaks features interpretations of William Shakespeare's sonnets and excerpts from his plays by high-profile actors and musicians. It almost goes without saying that performers such as John Gielgud, Jonathan Pryce, Diana Rigg, Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, and Susannah YorkSee more details below


An unusual collaboration, When Love Speaks features interpretations of William Shakespeare's sonnets and excerpts from his plays by high-profile actors and musicians. It almost goes without saying that performers such as John Gielgud, Jonathan Pryce, Diana Rigg, Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, and Susannah York give accomplished readings of the Bard's work; the musical interludes, which range from the adult alternative pop of Annie Lennox's "Live With Me and Be My Love" to Keb' Mo''s bluesy "No More Be Grieved at That Which Thou Hast Done," aren't quite as successful but add diversity. Highlights include Alan Rickman's reading of "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun," Rufus Wainwright's "When, in Disgrace With Fortune and Men's Eyes," and Bryan Ferry's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day." Other featured performers include Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Barbara Bonney, Tom Courtenay, and Kenneth Branagh. As a benefit album for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts -- where most of the featured actors on this album studied -- and as a tribute to Shakespeare, When Love Speaks does an admirable job of marrying high culture to pop culture.

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Emi Classics


  1. Be Not Afeard, the Isle Is Full of Noises (The Tempest)  - Joseph Fiennes
  2. Live With Me and Be My Love  - Annie Lennox
  3. As an Unperfect Actor on the Stage  - John Gielgud
  4. My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun  - Alan Rickman
  5. Why Is My Verse So Barren of New Pride  - Diana Rigg
  6. Who Will Believe My Verse in Time to Come  - Richard Attenborough
  7. That You Were Once Unkind Befriends Me Now  - Paul Rhys
  8. How Oft, When Thou, My Music  - Juliet Stevenson
  9. When, In Disgrace With Fortune and Men's Eyes  - Rufus Wainwright
  10. Being Your Slave, What Should I Do but Tend  - Janet McTeer
  11. Tired With All These, For Restful Death I Cry  - Alan Bates
  12. When I Consider Everything That Grows  - Marianne Jean-Baptiste
  13. Let Those Who Are in Favour With Their Stars  - David Warner
  14. They That Have Power to Hurt and Will Do None  - Siân Phillips
  15. Those Lips That Love's Own Hand Did Make  - John Hurt
  16. Come Again: Sweet Love Doth Now Invite
  17. Th' Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame  - Ralph Fiennes
  18. Thine Eyes I Love, and They, As Pitying Me  - Matthew Rhys
  19. I Never Saw That You Did Painting Need  - Imelda Staunton
  20. When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought  - Kenneth Branagh
  21. Is It Thy Will Thy Image Should Keep Open  - Fiona Shaw
  22. Mine Eye and Heart Are at a Mortal War  - Henry Goodman
  23. No More Be Grieved at That Which Thou Hast Done
  24. O Never Say That I Was False of Heart  - Susannah York
  25. Look in Thy Glass and Tell the Face Thou Viewest  - Timothy Spall
  26. Some Glory in Their Birth, Some in Their Skill  - Peter Barkworth
  27. How Heavy Do I Journey on the Way  - Gemma Jones
  28. Since Brass, Nor Stone, Nor Earth, Nor Boundless Sea  - Jonathan Pryce
  29. Like as the Waves Make Towards the Pebbled Shore  - Richard Wilson
  30. The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained (The Merchant of Venice)  -  Des'ree
  31. Sweet Love, Renew Thy Force; Be It Not Said  - Tom Courtenay
  32. Since I Left You, Mine Eye Is in My Mind  - Zoe Waites
  33. Be Wise as Thou Art Cruel ; Do Not Press  - Edward Fox
  34. Is It for Fear to Wet a Widow's Eye  - Trevor Eve
  35. So Is It Not With Me as With That Muse  - Imogen Stubbs
  36. Devouring Time, Blunt Thou the Lion's Paws @@David Harewood
  37. The Willow Song (Othello)
  38. When My Love Swears That She Is Made of Truth  - Richard Johnson
  39. When I Do Count the Clock That Tells the Time  - Martin Jarvis
  40. What Potions Have I Drunk of Siren Tears  - Roger Hammond
  41. Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments  - Richard Briers
  42. Sin of Self-Love Possesseth All Mine Eye  - John Sessions
  43. Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds  - Thelma Holt
  44. Music to Hear, Why Hears't Thou Music Sadly  -  Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  45. When Forty Winters Shall Besiege Thy Brow  - Caroline Blakiston
  46. No Longer Mourn for Me When I Am Dead  - Peter Bowles
  47. In Faith I Do Not Love Thee With Mine Eyes  - Sylvia Sims
  48. Why Didst Thou Promise Such a Beauteous Day  - Robert Lindsay
  49. Not from the Stars Do I My Judgement Pluck  - Ioan Gruffudd
  50. My Love Is As a Fever, Longing Still  - John Hurt
  51. The Little Love-God Lying Once Asleep  - Bohdan Poraj
  52. Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day  - Bryan Ferry
  53. Our Revels Now Are Ended (The Tempest)  - Joseph Fiennes

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Kamen   Piano,Conductor
John Surman   Lute
Barry Guy   Baroque Violin
Des'ree   Track Performer
Alan Bates   Track Performer
Edward Fox   Track Performer
Trevor Eve   Track Performer
Tom Courtenay   Track Performer
Peter Barkworth   Track Performer
Diana Rigg   Track Performer
John Gielgud   Track Performer
Caroline Dale   Cello
Charles Green   Clarinet
Anna McGarrigle   Accordion
John Potter   Track Performer
Keb' Mo'   Track Performer
Joel Zifkin   Violin
Kate McGarrigle   Banjo
Rufus Wainwright   Piano,Vocals
Michel Pepin   Bass,Guitar
Kenneth Branagh   Track Performer
Maya Homburger   Soprano Saxophone
Jonathan Pryce   Track Performer
Stephen Stubbs   Tenor Saxophone
Juliet Stevenson   Track Performer
Barbara Bonney   Soprano
David Warner   Track Performer
Ralph Fiennes   Track Performer
Henry Goodman   Track Performer
Imelda Staunton   Track Performer
Matthew Wadsworth   Lute
Gillian Tingay   Harp
Richard Wilson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Producer
Robin Trower   Producer
Michael Kamen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Andrew Brown   Contributor
Des'ree   Producer
Annie Lennox   Producer
Martin Jarvis   Engineer
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Anthony (Tony) Fisher   Engineer
Stephen McLaughlin   Engineer
Joseph Shabalala   Arranger,Producer
Brian Tench   Engineer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Richard Attenborough   Liner Notes
Rufus Wainwright   Producer
Michel Pepin   Producer,Engineer
Tony Bridge   Mastering
Alan Rickman   Producer,Engineer
Don Murnaghan   Engineer
Iain Roberton   Engineer
Ned Douglas   Engineer
James Brett   Producer,Engineer
Robert Lindsay   Engineer
Nicholas Barter   Liner Notes
Prince Sampson   Producer
Mark Johnson   Engineer

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