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Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets

Rufus Wainwright

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Sonnet 43
William Shakespeare; Marius Vries; Siân Phillips
When Most I Wink (Sonnet 43)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Anna Prohaska; Jayce Ogren; Susanna Stranders; BBC Symphony Orchestra
Take All My Loves (Sonnet 40)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Rufus Wainwright; Marius Vries
Sonnet 20
William Shakespeare; Frally Hynes
A Woman's Face (Sonnet 20)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Anna Prohaska; Jayce Ogren; Susanna Stranders; BBC Symphony Orchestra
For Shame (Sonnet 10)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Anna Prohaska; Jayce Ogren; Susanna Stranders; BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sonnet 10
William Shakespeare; Ben de Vries; Marius Vries; Peter Eyre
Unperfect Actor (Sonnet 23)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Helena Bonham Carter; Rufus Wainwright; Martha Wainwright; Fiora Cutler
Sonnet 29
William Shakespeare; Carrie Fisher
When In Disgrace With Fortune And Men's Eyes (Sonnet 29)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Florence Welch
Sonnet 129
William Shakespeare; Marius Vries; Ben de Vries; William Shatner
Th'Expense Of Spirit In A Waste Of Shame (Sonnet 129)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Anna Prohaska; Jayce Ogren; Susanna Stranders; BBC Symphony Orchestra
All dessen müd (Sonnet 66)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Jürgen Holtz; Christopher Nell; Rufus Wainwright
A Woman's Face - Reprise (Sonnet 20)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Rufus Wainwright
Sonnet 87
William Shakespeare; Inge Keller
Farewell (Sonnet 87)
William Shakespeare; Rufus Wainwright; Anna Prohaska; Jayce Ogren; Susanna Stranders; BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Total Playing Time    54:30
"... going outside the box is nothing new for Wainwright ..." - Entertainment Weekly "... Wainwright has assembled one of the wildest groups of vocalists and partners ..." - SPIN "... Wainwright has always had a knack for weaving together technicolour dreamscapes and Willy Wonka-esque funhouse worlds ... (this album) puts his penchant for the theatrical front and centre ... a great addition to his musical catalogue and a fine way to fall in love with Shakespeare all over again ..." - Exclaim! "... (Sonnet 40) sounds like a marriage between orchestral instruments and synthesizers inside of a Rube Goldberg machine: each little mechanical tick occurring in sequence, until the whole thing becomes a busy, whirring fever dream of someone in pursuit of love. And if anyone can sell that complex, theatrical, beautiful depiction of humanity’s deepest emotions, it’s Wainwright." - Consequence of Sound To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Rufus Wainwright has adapted nine of the Bard's sonnets on this fascinating project, which features a diverse guest list ranging from actors William Shatner, Helena Bonham Carter and Carrie Fisher to Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine) and opera singer Anna Prohaska. "... recording this album has been a marriage made in heaven, as it combines my love of classical music with my love of pop music. It's literally historically fun ... I guess a fair number of people know the sonnets, but the plays are the centrepiece of Shakespeare's legend. But I've found in working with the sonnets they even transcend the plays, though to even fathom that is inconceivable since the plays are so amazing. But once you start to get into the sonnets it takes on this timeless, ageless, almost futuristic quality. So much of the language and so much of the sentiment is contemporary: gender and sexuality and love and hate are just so plainly exhibited that it's really searing." - Rufus Wainwright
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Tracks 2, 5, 6, 12, 16 Producer: Andrew Keener Recording engineer: Susan Thomas Assistant engineers: Christopher Rouse, Robert Winter Editing and mixing: Phil Rowlands Additional mixing: James Clarke Assistant conductor: Susanna Stranders Recording: London, BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, January 2015 Chief producer, BBC Symphony Orchestra: Ann McKay General manager, BBC Symphony Orchestra: Paul Hughes Concertmaster: Kreeta-Julia Heikkila Principal cellist: Graham Bradshaw Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Symphony Orchestra Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7 - 11, 13 - 15 Producer: Marius de Vries and Rufus Wainwright Mixer: Nicholai Baxter Additional engineering and programming: Eldad Guetta Programming: Ben de Vries Recording engineers: Marius de Vries, Ben de Vries, Nicholai Baxter, Brett Shaw 123, Borza Ghomeshi, Rainer Maillard, Philip Krause and Justin Moshkevich Recorded at Berry Drive Studio, Los Angeles; Hanway Place Studio, London; Igloo Music Studios, Burbank; 123 Studios, London; Mayk Music, Morin Heights, Canada; Emil Berliner Studios, Berlin

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