Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation: Speeches and Scenes Performed as Shakespeare Would Have Heard ThemCD-Audio
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- Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
- Format: CD-Audio | 1 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 138mm x 12mm | 100g
- Publication date: 15 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0712351191
- ISBN 13: 9780712351195
- Sales rank: 119,419
How did Shakespeare sound to the audiences of his day? For the first time this disc offers listeners the chance to hear England's greatest playwright performed by a company of actors using the pronunciation of his time. Under the guidance of Ben Crystal, actor, author of Shakespeare on Toast and an expert in original Shakespearian pronunciation, the company performs some of Shakespeare's best-known poems, solo speeches and scenes from the plays. Hear new meanings uncovered, new jokes revealed, poetic effects enhanced. The CD is accompanied by an introductory essay by Professor David Crystal. An essential purchase for every student and lover of Shakespeare.
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"An enthusiastic bunch of actors demonstrate how the Bard's sonnets, songs and various famous scenes from his plays would have sounded to Elizabethan audiences. Pronounce 'hour' as a 16th-century actor would have, that is, to rhyme with 'whore, ' and listen to the double entendres multiply. Eng lit aficionados will love it." --Sue Arnold "Guardian "