Musical Shakespeare

“For your sweet music this last night, I do

Protest my ears were never better fed

With such delightful pleasing harmony.”

William Shakespeare ~ Pericles: 2.5.26

 

You would have to have been on another planet not to notice recently that it was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on 23 April.

I thought you might like to hear a couple of Shakespeare-related pieces.

The first is Smetena’s March to the Shakespeare Festival played here by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.  A rousing and ebullient performance, this is a fitting tribute to the Master:

 

Secondly, for a bit of fun, here is the wonderful Brush Up Your Shakespeare by Cole Porter, in the fabulous 1953 film Kiss Me Kate!

Gold stars all round for the rhyming of ‘heinous’ with ‘Coriolanus’.  And be sure to keep watching to the end – the final dance sequence is great:

I am sure the Bard would have approved! 🙂

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