When Love Speaks CD (2002)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Emi Classics
SKU 60553829
UPC 724355732125
UPC 14 00724355732125
Format CD
Release Date 4/23/2002
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Engineer Don Murnaghan; James Brett; Alan Rickman; Geoff Foster; Anthony (Tony) Fisher; Iain Roberton; Mark Johnson; Martin Jarvis; Michel Pepin; Robert Lindsay; Steve McLaughlin; Ned Douglas; Brian Tench
Producer Des'ree; James Brett; Alan Rickman; Prince Sampson; Joseph Shabalala; Manfred Eicher; Michael Kamen; Michel Pepin; Annie Lennox; Robin Trower; Rufus Wainwright; Bryan Ferry
CatalogID 57321
Lable Name EMI Classics
Released 04/23/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724355732125
Album Notes and Credits
WHEN LOVE SPEAKS is a collection of Shakespearean love sonnets as read by famous actors, and songs inspired by Shakespeare's love sonnets. It contains a 44 page book.
Recorded at Waceeffect Studios, London, England and at Voice Box Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Composer: Michael Kamen.
Personnel: Rufus Wainwright (vocals, piano); Michel Pepin (guitar); Kate McGarrigle (banjo); Gillian Tingay (harp); Matthew Wadsworth, John Surman (lute); Joel Zifkin (violin); Caroline Dale (cello); Anna McGarrigle (accordion); Charles Green (clarinet); Maya Homburger (soprano saxophone); Stephen Stubbs (tenor saxophone); Michael Kamen (piano).
Audio Mixers: Don Murnaghan; Ricky Graham; James Brett; Tim Atack; Iain Roberton; Mark Johnson ; Michel Pepin; Ash Howes; Stephen McLaughlin.
Liner Note Authors: Nicholas Barter; Michael Kamen; Richard Attenborough.
Recording information: AIR Recording Studios, London, England; Mambazo Studios, Kloof, South Africa; Productions Frissons Studio, Montreal, Canada; Sarm West, London, England; Stu Stu Studio, Santa Monica, CA; Waveeffect Studios, London, England.
Unknown Contributor Role: Andrew Brown .
Arrangers: Joseph Shabalala; Michael Kamen.
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. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (April 2002, p.128) - "...Whether burning with unreasonable passion, indulging a playful conceit, pronouncing a generous wisdom or contriving some neat linguistic trick, the majestic language sings with a richness..."
Disc 1
1 Be Not Afeard, The Isle Id Full Of Noises - 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 - Phil 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 - Sian Phillips
15 Those Lips That Love's Own Hand Did Make - John Hurt
16 Come Again: Sweet Love Doth Now Invite - John Potter
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 Seed - Imelda Staunton
20 When To The Sessions Of Sweet Silent Thought - Kenneth Branagh
21 Is It Thy Will Image Should Keep Open - Fiona Shaw
22 Mine Eye And Heart Are At Mortal War - Henry Goodman
23 No More Be Grieved At That Which Thou Hast Done - Keb' Mo'
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 - Jonathan Pryce
29 Like As The Waves Make Towards The Pebbled Shore
30 Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strained, The - 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 With Me As With That Muse - Imogen Stubbs
36 Devouring Time, Blunt Thou The Lion's Paws
37 Willow Song, The - Barbara Bonney
38 When My Love Swears That She Is Made Of Truth - Richard Johnson
39 When Do I Count The Clock That Tells The Time - Martin Jarvis
40 What Portions Have I Drunk Of Siren Tears - Roger Hammond
41 Not Marble Nor The Gilged 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 Hear'st 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 Syms
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 Little Love-God Lying Once Asleep, The - Bohdan Poraj
52 Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day - Bryan Ferry
53 Our Revels Now Are Ended - Joseph Fiennes
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