Various Artists

When Love Speaks

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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.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 0:47
2 2:18 Amazon
3 0:54
4 1:26 Amazon
5 0:55 Amazon
6 1:04 Amazon
7 1:03 Amazon
8 0:57 Amazon
9 3:00 Amazon
10 0:48 Amazon
11 1:10 Amazon
12 0:52
13 0:52 Amazon
14 0:53 Amazon
15 0:46 Amazon
16 4:42
17 0:57 Amazon
18 0:53 Amazon
19 0:58 Amazon
20 1:05
21 1:18
22 0:54 Amazon
23 3:25 Amazon
24 0:57 Amazon
25 0:57 Amazon
26 1:08 Amazon
27 0:56 Amazon
28 1:06 Amazon
29 0:53 Amazon
30 3:20 Amazon
31 1:05 Amazon
32 1:02 Amazon
33 1:13 Amazon
34 0:55 Amazon
35 1:03 Amazon
36 0:51 Amazon
37 3:14
38 1:03 Amazon
39 0:50 Amazon
40 1:04 Amazon
41 0:45
42 0:52 Amazon
43 0:46 Amazon
44 3:26 Amazon
45 0:56 Amazon
46 0:46 Amazon
47 1:12 Amazon
48 1:00 Amazon
49 0:48 Amazon
50 1:04 Amazon
51 0:54 Amazon
52 2:50
53 0:49 Amazon
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