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Words For You [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 (King James Version). Attributed To King Solomon. Vivaldi - Concerto 'In Due Cori' - 2nd Movement (Excerpt)Geoffrey Palmer 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonnet 18 By William Shakespeare Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.8 First Movement (Excerpt)Joanna Lumley 1:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Home Thoughts From Abroad By Robert Browning. Dvorak - Symphony No.9 2nd Movement (Excerpt)Geoffrey Palmer 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Friendship By Elizabeth Jennings. Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.5 - 2nd Movement (Excerpt)Alison Steadman 1:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Red, Red Rose By Robert Burns. Austin Ince & Frankie Hepburn - Colonel Robertson (Excerpt)Brian Cox0:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud By William Wordsworth. Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No.1 - 2nd Movement (Excerpt)Honor Blackman 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. On The Balcony By D.H. Lawrence. Grieg - Last Spring 2 Elegiac Meleodys (Excerpt)Anthony Head 1:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Business Girls By John Betjeman. Satie - Gymnopedie No.2 (Excerpt)Joanna Lumley 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. To Autumn By John Keats. Borodin - Symphony No.2 - 3rd Movement (Excerpt)Ben Whishaw 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonnets From The Portuguese By Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Mozart - Symphony No.50 - 3rd Movement (Excerpt)Lindsay Duncan 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. If By Rudyard Kipling. Verdi - La Forza Del Destino (Excerpt)Martin Shaw 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep By Mary Frye. Tchaikovosky - Variations On A Rocco Theme Op.33 (Excerpt)Miriam Margolyes 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Diary Of A Church Mouse By John Betjeman. Bach - Sleepers Awake (Excerpt)Martin Shaw 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Come Walk With Me By Emily Brontė. Dvorak - Waltz No.1 From Opus 54 (Excerpt)Samantha Morton 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Lady Of Shalott By Lord Alfred Tennyson. Stephen Darrell Smith & Dan Smith - The Great Glen.Brian Cox 6:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. One Flesh By Elizabeth Jennings. Tarrega - Adelita (Excerpt)Honor Blackman 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven By W.B. Yeats. Mahler - Symphony No.3 - 6th Movement (Excerpt)Lennie James0:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sonnet 116 By William Shakespeare. Mahler - Symphony No.3 - 6th Movement (Excerpt)Lennie James 1:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Stop All The Clocks By W.H. Auden. Mahler - Symphony No.1 - 3rd Movement (Excerpt)Lindsay Duncan 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Adlestrop By Edward Thomas. Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending (Excerpt)Geoffrey Palmer 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. When We Two Parted By Lord Byron. Tchakovosky - Symphony No.5 - 2nd Movement (Excerpt)Brian Cox 1:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Dulce Et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen. Beethoven - Symphony No.7 - 2nd Movement (Excerpt)Ben Whishaw 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Silver By Walter De La Mare. Chopin - Nocturne In C Sharp Minor (Excerpt)Miriam Margolyes 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. She Walks In Beauty By Lord Byron. Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.2 - 4th Movement (Excerpt)Martin Shaw 1:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Rock Me To Sleep By Elizabeth Akers Allen. Schubert - Rosamunde (Excerpt)Alison Steadman 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Remember By Christina Rossetti. Sor - Allegretto (Excerpt)Anthony Head 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Last Post By Carol Ann Duffy. Satie - Gymnopedie No.3 (Excerpt)Samantha Morton 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Words For You is a stunning collection of 27 of the greatest poems of all time, read by 12 of the best voices in British acting and set to the greatest classical music ever composed. Combining William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 18’ read by Joanna Lumley with Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, Robert Browning’s ‘Home Thoughts, From Abroad’ using the voice of Geoffrey Palmer with Dvorak Symphony No. 9 and the heartbreaking WH Auden’s ‘Stop All The Clocks’ read by Lindsay Duncan with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 [III], Words For You brings together the best of the best of the best. Alison Steadman, one of the Words For You artists said, “I loved being involved in Words For You, it’s a great idea and I’m sure will help promote poetry.”

The artists involved have waived their royalty so that a proportion of proceeds from sales can go to I CAN, a UK charity that helps children who have difficulties speaking and understanding. Virginia Beardshaw, Chief Executive of I CAN, said; “Words come easily to many of us. Actors, especially, thrive on their mastery of the spoken word. Sadly, for a large number of children, the ability to use words is a real challenge. It is a struggle for them to learn and make friends. I CAN helps these children so they don’t get left out and left behind.”

The 27 poems featured on Words For You have been recorded by Joanna Lumley, Lindsay Duncan, Geoffrey Palmer, Honor Blackman, Brian Cox, Alison Steadman, Martin Shaw, Miriam Margolyes, Lennie James, Samantha Morton, Anthony Head and Ben Whishaw.

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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever ...' 18 Nov 2009
By The Country Grumpkin VINE VOICE
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OK, so you won't be hearing the opening line from Endymion here, but you will hear some of the most famous lines in English-language poetry in this 'celebration of the greatest poems and classical music, read by the finest voices of our time.' Including:

'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? ...'
'Oh, to be in England/ Now that April's there, ...'
'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, ...'
'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. ...'
'If you can keep your head when all around you/ Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, ...'

As it has been released this week, it is now possible to listen to this CD before reviewing it.

The actors involved in this recording have waived their royalties in favour of I CAN, the children's communication charity.

To many poetry lovers the sound of the poem is as essential to the meaning as the words on the page, and a collection of this kind, read by some of our best-loved actors is most welcome. Though some of us will be happy just to let these wonderful words and music wash over us, others may want to reflect and ponder the poet's words. If you are like me, you will also want the printed words in front of you (though they are not included in the accompanying booklet).

There is no explanation of how these poems were selected, though as can be seen, they include the familiar as well as a few perhaps lesser-known gems. The latter include Rock Me To Sleep, accompanied by a heavenly excerpt from Schubert's Rosamunde, and Emily Bronte's Come Walk With Me; and it's good to see included two poems from the sadly-missed Elizabeth Jennings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And supporting charity too!!! 30 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Love this CD. Have had it on in car since I received it. Not a poetry fan but this is wonderful and the music adds to the poignancy of pieces/ I am buying it for friends for Christmas
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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a taster on breakfast 10 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
Heard three poems from the CD on Breakfast TV. The music in the background enhanced my enjoyment and brought tears to my eyes. Shall certainly order the CD and can't wait to listen to it all the way through!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully soothing 8 Dec 2009
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I go to sleep each night after listening to these lovely words read by superb actors/actresses and feel so soothed by the gentle rhythms- sometimes I 'miss' the end few poems!
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poems by music 8 Oct 2009
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This product not available yet but just seen Alison Steadman on BBC BREAKFAST who reads poems on it. We heard 3 in all and it was just fabulous. A very new way to hear poetry with beautiful music playing in the background.Alison mentioned it was now available on Amazon. Very excited about receiving and listening to it.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC this morning 8 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
what a great idea. I love Joanna Lumley's voice and can't wait to hear this release when it comes out. i saw the bbc thing and thought that it sounds really special. it's got Geoffery Palmer too. it's nice to hear his voice again.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent idea 27 Oct 2009
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Heard Geoffery Palmer reciting part of one on the "one show" what a moving experience and I am sure the rest of the compilation will be of a similar standard a very good way to promote poetry and make it more accessible to all as well as being an excellent way to raise funds for a worthwhile cause - should be in everyones christmas stocking!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 18 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love reading poetry, but I love listening to it even more - there is something special about hearing poetry, and even people who say they don't like it usually like listening to it. With this cd you get 27 poems read by famous faces, accompanied with classical music as backing. With Shakespeare, and Wordsworth's 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', with Burns and Tennyson amongst this great selection there is absolutely nothing to fault with this.

It is likely that you will know most, if not all these great loved poems on this cd which is the ideal way to relax. This would make a perfect present for someone, especially with Christmas coming up. Also buying this you will have the knowledge that you are helping to raise money for a worth cause, the I Can charity which helps children to communicate, you can find other ways to help this charity on their website.
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Published 3 days ago by nickos
3.0 out of 5 stars This CD was ok but a little slow and lacks ...
This CD was ok but a little slow and lacks passion. II quickly put it to one side where it is gathering dust
Published 27 days ago by Robert J Harris
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Published 28 days ago by Loops
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual 'poetry'.
A book to dip into from time to time. Don't rush this book, just read it and then think over what you have read. A good book of its type. Helpful material.
Published 1 month ago by K. Slater
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
My sister enjoyed this CD , my birthday gift to her. ( Nothing more I can add about this CD.)
Published 2 months ago by tess
5.0 out of 5 stars present
This was a present for a very dear friend. She was thrilled and has recommended it to all her family so thank you
Published 4 months ago by Catharine Scobie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Poetry and classical at its best
Published 5 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely cd of poetry and music
I can imagine that this will not be everyone's 'cup of tea' - and at times the music distracts a little from the poetry, however, I love it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms J K Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
A rather traditional choice of poems but readings by many well known people with appropriate backing music. A present for an elderly lady who will appreciate it.
Published 8 months ago by spimula
2.0 out of 5 stars Words and Music altogether!
Some wonderful poetry beautifully read. And some fine music too. BUT how dreadful to have the performances played at the same time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by rowena newcastle
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