When Love Speaks

After years and years of searching, I finally found a copy of When Love Speaks, an album of Shakespeare’s sonnets read or sung by famous celebrities.  The album is made up of 53 sonnets/tracks, 8 of which are sung by musicians such as Des’ree, Rufus Wainright, Annie Lennox, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Keb’ Mo’, etc., and 45 read by Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Ioan Gruffud, Richard Attenborough, Alan Rickman, and other talented artists.

Though the sonnets read by the different artists were interesting, I especially enjoyed the 8 sonnets sung by various musicians, particularly the unique interpretations of Sonnet 29 (When in disgrace in Fortune and men’s eyes) by Rufus Wainright, “Live with me and by my love”  by Annie Lennox, “The quality of mercy is not strained” by Des’ree, “Music to hear, why hears’t thy music sadly” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” by Bryan Ferry, and “Come again sweet love doth now invite,” by John Potter, which is a song written by John Downland and not  a sonnet by Shakespeare.


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