Saturday, February 20, 2010

More Wainwright sonnet recordings released April 20, 2010


Three of the 24 Shakespeare sonnets that Rufus Wainwright scored for Robert Wilson's 2009 production of Sonnette are featured in Wainwright's new Decca CD All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu to be released in the US April 20, 2010. (The album will be released on March 23 in Canada.) Recordings of "Sonnet 43" (When most I wink . . .) from which the album title is taken, "Sonnet 20" (A woman's face . . .), and "Sonnet 10" (For shame deny . . .) are included. (A live version of the title cut is on YouTube.

Wainwright's Sonnette version of "Sonnet 29" (When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes . . .) is not included in this album, but has been recorded by Wainwright in the 2002 EMI Classics album of Shakespearean sonnets by various artists, "When Love Speaks", and can be viewed on YouTube. (See link in Oberon blog sidebar.) A live version of Wainwright singing "Sonnet 20" (See link in Oberon blog sidebar.) is also on YouTube, as well as live videos of the Sonnette production. (See sample link in Oberon blog sidebar.)

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