30 Oct 2016

Sonnets in Song

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 30 October 2016
The cover images of our two featured CDs

The cover images of our two featured CDs Photo: Paul Kelly; DG

William Dart celebrates the Shakespeare anniversary year by looking at two recent releases - one from Paul Kelly and one from Rufus Wainwright - with settings of the Bard's sonnets. If that weren't tantalising enough, he also includes some tracks from Duke Ellington, Cleo Laine and Maisey Rika, who gives us a te reo version of "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day". It was written by Paul McLaney and it featured in a special concert at Auckland's Pop-Up Globe in April 2016, which was recorded by RNZ. A video of that performance here.

Playlist

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Sonnet for Caesar' (Ellington/Strayhorn) – Duke Ellington
Such Sweet Thunder
(Columbia)

'It was a Lover and his Lass' (Young) – Cleo Laine
Cleo Sings Elizabethan
(Columbia)

'My Love is as a Fever' (Ellington/Strayhorn/Dankworth) – Cleo Laine
Shakespeare – And All That Jazz
(Fontana)

'Sonnet 73' (Kelly) – Paul Kelly
Seven Sonnets and a Song
(Universal)

'When Most I think (Sonnet 43)' (Wainwright) – Anna Prohaska, Rufus Wainwright
Take All My Loves
(DG)

'All Dessen Müd (Sonnet 66)' (Wainwright) – Rufus Wainwright
Take All My Loves
(DG)

'When In Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes' (Wainwright) – Florence Welch, Rufus Wainwright
Take All My Loves
(DG)

'When In Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes' (Wainwright) – Rufus Wainwright
When Love Speaks
(EMI)

'Sonnet 18' (McLaney) – Maisey Rika
Live at the Pop-Up Globe
(RNZ)