Various Artists

Be Thou Now Persuaded: Living in a Shakespearean World

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This six-CD set of Shakespeare's greatest bits features performances by top-notch stage and screen stars -- John Barrymore, Richard Burton, John Gielguld, Alec Guinness, Rex Harrison, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Robeson, Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles, among them. And all of the Bard's classic scenes and speeches are here (organized somewhat haphazardly), as is a complete performance of Romeo and Juliet with Albert Finney and Claire Bloom as the respective doomed lovers. But just as reading these great works only gives you half the pleasure, listening to these recordings -- from such disparate sources as radio productions, theater presentations and movies -- delivers only part of the story. Without the visuals tagging along, this is all much ado about nothing.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:46
2 0:14
3 0:16
4 0:36
5 1:52
6 0:53
7 0:31
8 0:26
9 0:47
10 0:14
11 1:19
12 0:59
13 1:23
14 1:07
15 1:20
16 1:23
17 4:17
18 1:10
19 1:37
20 0:46
21 1:34
22 0:15
23 0:21
24 0:49
25 0:37
26 0:22
27 0:25
28 1:28
29 1:04
30 1:35
31 3:37
32 1:09
33 2:06
34 1:56
35 0:26
36 1:24
37 0:22
38 0:08
39 0:14
40 1:26
41 1:17
42 0:44
43 1:16
44 0:26
45 1:18
46 1:22
47 2:45
48 1:52
49 0:09
50 0:51
51 1:51
52 2:38
53 2:01
54 0:54

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:00
2 0:07
3 1:47
4 0:47
5 0:07
6 5:58
7 4:45
8 4:26
9 2:06
10 4:34
11 2:02
12 2:28
13 2:42
14 0:12
15 0:16
16 1:59
17 2:08
18 0:20
19 0:41
20 2:39
21 4:10
22 1:09
23 0:40
24 2:54
25 1:14
26 1:03
27 1:29
28 0:55
29 1:06
30 0:38
31 3:13
32 1:48
33 1:24
34 0:48
35 1:09
36 0:25
37 1:13
38 0:17
39 0:26
40 0:10
41 2:09
42 0:42
43 0:40
44 1:13
45 2:00
46 1:44

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:01
2 1:27
3 0:31
4 0:26
5 1:07
6 0:12
7 0:37
8 0:19
9 1:25
10 0:26
11 1:02
12 1:49
13 2:41
14 1:07
15 1:01
16 1:16
17 1:00
18 0:51
19 1:01
20 1:17
21 1:27
22 3:05
23 1:11
24 1:10
25 1:25
26 3:53
27 1:24
28 0:38
29 2:20
30 1:50
31 1:33
32 1:30
33 5:10
34 6:17
35 1:17
36 4:00
37 3:28
38 1:05
39 0:05

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:07
2 0:43
3 3:31
4 1:44
5 1:33
6 5:32
7 2:09
8 1:49
9 0:41
10 0:31
11 0:32
12 3:11
13 1:33
14 1:55
15 0:31
16 0:25
17 0:30
18 0:19
19 0:11
20 0:21
21 6:29
22 3:26
23 0:22
24 0:08
25 2:03
26 2:04
27 0:12
28 1:49
29 1:04
30 4:37
31 0:55
32 1:45
33 1:44
34 5:59
35 2:19
36 1:53
37 3:09
38 1:04
39 1:56
40 1:33
41 1:33
42 0:51
43 3:41
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