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5.0 out of 5 stars a tempest to remember
Having long been fascinated by the themes of this play,but no fan of Shakespeare-I decided to buy this CD after studying the cast list and reviews.
It is a splendid production,enhanced by the judicious use of music: lute,songs and brass ensemble;and by the sounds of the sea in the background of many scenes.
Some famous phrases-some still in common usage-have...
Published on 15 Jan. 2012 by jane

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2.0 out of 5 stars Earthbound magic
'The Tempest' is a play that lends itself well to listening where the imagination can supply the magic and mystery that are not always convincing on stage, but the performance needs to use the aural medium well if this is to happen for the listener. Simply recording actors reading the parts and adding some music and sound effects is not enough. The Naxos version is the...
Published on 4 July 2010 by R. Burgess


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a tempest to remember, 15 Jan. 2012
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Having long been fascinated by the themes of this play,but no fan of Shakespeare-I decided to buy this CD after studying the cast list and reviews.
It is a splendid production,enhanced by the judicious use of music: lute,songs and brass ensemble;and by the sounds of the sea in the background of many scenes.
Some famous phrases-some still in common usage-have their origins here :'O brave new world',to name but one.
The acting is superb,particularly Sir Ian Mckellen's Prospero and Scott Handy's Ariel.
I would recommend to all who,like me,have hitherto given Shakespeare's works a wide berth.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Earthbound magic, 4 July 2010
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R. Burgess (London UK) - See all my reviews
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'The Tempest' is a play that lends itself well to listening where the imagination can supply the magic and mystery that are not always convincing on stage, but the performance needs to use the aural medium well if this is to happen for the listener. Simply recording actors reading the parts and adding some music and sound effects is not enough. The Naxos version is the latest of several recordings that present the play serviceably, but remain rather flat and uninspiring despite generally good performances from the actors. Much depends of course on the role of Prospero. Ian McKellen has apparently not played the part in the theatre, and this lack of experience shows. He sounds uninvolved most of the time, a genial uncle figure lacking the darker undertones of the character.
For some years the BBC has been sitting on a recording from 1974 which shows exactly how to do it, a brilliantly realised audio production making full use of the medium to create an engrossing sound-world into which the listener is drawn and in which the actors can truly play their parts. It has, furthermore, the advantage of casting the incomparable Paul Scofield, one of the finest Prosperos of recent times. It is a puzzling mystery in itself that this gem of a recording has never been commercially issued, but a good transcription onto CD can be obtained through the Open University.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic, 30 Dec. 2008
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Fantastic music, passionate and believable readers. Perfect tone. Money well spent. (this is coming from somebody doing a diploma on Shakespeare)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 26 April 2014
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Purchased for my husband, who was unfamiliar with the story. Took him a few 'full listenings' to get the full gist of the plot, but it's a very good version, & highly recommended.
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