So, you know it was Shakespeare’s birthday a couple of days ago, well I recently went into an email account that I hadn’t frequented for a long time and found an email asking to run news about Shakespeare: The Sonnets.
It has taken six months for the album to be recorded and I have to say, from what I’ve heard so far, it’s a pretty good release. It could not have come out at a more appropriate time, not only did it become available for sale on the bard’s birthday but the sonnets were written during the reign of Elizabeth I and have now been modernised in the lead up to the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
performed on instruments of the era Shakespeare’s words have come to life in a way that no Hollywood film has been able to do with his plays. Although some of the sonnets have been rearranged to better accommodate the structure of songs nowadays there have been no added lyrics.
Anyway, I have to say I’ve never really read the sonnets before and when I first heard about this release last week I thought it was nothing more than a gimmick. However, having watched an interview on BBC news and listened to a few tracks I must confess that I was wrong. Although they were written in the 17 century they ave transferred to contemporary music exceptionally well. It continues to proves that there’s no better wordsmith than William Shakespeare.
It truly is a wonder to behold, the singers, from all over the UK, have done a wonderful job, Blind Fool Love is a particular favourite. A lot of credit must also go to Robert Hollingworth who directed the project. The record itself is eligible for the Mercury Music Prize, an Ivor Novello and a Brit award.
Keep your eyes and ears alert, with any luck the Shakespeare will be making history again this year.