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 00:47
2 02:18 Amazon
3 00:54
4 01:26 Amazon
5 00:55 Amazon
6 01:04 Amazon
7 01:03 Amazon
8 00:57 Amazon
9 03:00 Amazon
10 00:48 Amazon
11 01:10 Amazon
12 00:52
13 00:52 Amazon
14 00:53 Amazon
15 00:46 Amazon
16 04:42
17 00:57 Amazon
18 00:53 Amazon
19 00:58 Amazon
20 01:05
21 01:18
22 00:54 Amazon
23 03:25 Amazon
24 00:57 Amazon
25 00:57 Amazon
26 01:08 Amazon
27 00:56 Amazon
28 01:06 Amazon
29 00:53 Amazon
30 03:20 Amazon
31 01:05 Amazon
32 01:02 Amazon
33 01:13 Amazon
34 00:55 Amazon
35 01:03 Amazon
36 00:51 Amazon
37 03:14
38 01:03 Amazon
39 00:50 Amazon
40 01:04 Amazon
41 00:45
42 00:52 Amazon
43 00:46 Amazon
44 03:26 Amazon
45 00:56 Amazon
46 00:46 Amazon
47 01:12 Amazon
48 01:00 Amazon
49 00:48 Amazon
50 01:04 Amazon
51 00:54 Amazon
52 02:50
53 00:49 Amazon
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