Royal Shakespeare Company: Shakespeare's Songs
Monday 13 July 2015
Adrian & Kate Parker
Benedict Nelson baritone
Raphaela Papadakis soprano
Bruce O’Neil piano
Christopher Luscombe narrator
RSC Music Director, Bruce O'Neil and actor/director Christopher Luscombe present songs for Shakespeare’s plays not heard outside Stratford since the original productions for which they were written. This is a unique collection from composers working for the RSC since the opening of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1879. The performance is set against the perfect backdrop of the largest surviving medieval guildhall in England, where Shakespeare is reputed to have performed 422 years ago.
21 of the most famous songs in Shakespeare's plays are performed in settings dating back over a century, which highlight not only the changing style and aesthetic of theatre music across the decades, but also reveal some of the fascinating biographical stories of the composers themselves. They include well known concert repertoire such as Franz Schubert’s Who is Sylivia; Roger Quilter’s Take, O Take Those Lips Away, and Fear No More the Heat the Heat of the Sun by Gerald Finzi, that were all performed in productions at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.
Also included will be settings that have not been heard since their original productions, including songs from As You Like It by Howard Blake, Ariel’s songs from The Tempest by World War II fighter pilot and film composer John Wooldridge, more recent pieces by award winning composers Paul Englishby & Nigel Hess, and many more...
Sponsored by Kate & Adrian Parker
Full Programme details below:
Franz Schubert Who is Sylvia?
From The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1890s.
Liza Lehman Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred?
From The Merchant of Venice, 1910s.
Roger Quilter Take, O Take those Lips Away
From Measure for Measure, 1920s.
Anthony Bernard O Mistress Mine, Come Away Death, When that I was and a Little Tiny Boy
From Twelfth Night, 1930s.
Ann Carbutt The Willow Song
From Othello, 1940s.
Gerald Finzi Fear No More the Heat of the Sun
From Cymbeline, 1940s.
John Wooldridge Come Unto These Yellow Sands, Full Fathom Five, Where the Bee Sucks
From the Tempest, 1951.
Raymond Leppard When Daisies Pied
From Love's Labour’s Lost, 1957.
Louis Applebaum Sigh No More Ladies
From Much Ado About Nothing, 1961.
Traditional Ophelia's Mad Songs
From Hamlet, 1970.
Guy Woolfenden Hark Hark the Lark
From Cymbeline, 1979.
Howard Blake Under the Greenwood Tree; Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind; It was a Lover and his Lass
From As You Like It, 1985.
Nigel Hess When Daffodils Begin to Peer
From The Winter's Tale, 1986.
Jason Carr Orpheus and his Lute
1990’s From Henry VIII, or All is True, 1996.
Paul Englishby You Spotted Snakes
From A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2005.
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