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Much Ado (London Cast Recording)
Bernard Taylor
Much Ado (London Cast Recording)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
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Based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Concept recording features Paul McGann, Claire Moore, Peter Karrie, Barry James, Simon Burke, Janet Mooney, David Pendlebury, and others. 1996 Bernard J. Taylor. 26 tracks. ...  more »


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All Artists: Bernard Taylor
Title: Much Ado (London Cast Recording)
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Aei
Release Date: 7/7/1998
Album Type: Cast Recording
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Style: Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 765918801322


Product Description
Based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Concept recording features Paul McGann, Claire Moore, Peter Karrie, Barry James, Simon Burke, Janet Mooney, David Pendlebury, and others. © 1996 Bernard J. Taylor. 26 tracks. 70 minutes. SONGS ON THE CD: 1. VICTORY 3.22 (Leonato and chorus)
2. DISDAIN 2.57 (Beatrice and Benedick)
3. NOW I HEAR SYMPHONIES 3.05 (Claudio)
5. REVENGE 3.03 (Don John)
6. I'LL NEVER MARRY 2.40 (Beatrice)
7. HOW CAN HE DO THIS TO ME? 2.39 (Claudio, Benedick)
8. THE SWEETEST KISS 3.02 (Hero, Claudio)
9. THEY WILL DRIVE EACH OTHER MAD (Leonato, Claudio and Don John) 2.23
10. SIGH NO MORE GOOD LADIES (Balthasar and chorus) 2.45
11. MADNESS (Benedick) 3.14
12. NEVER SATISFIED (Hero, Ursula, Margaret and attendants) 2.38
13. HOW CAN THIS BE (Beatrice) 2.39
14. HOW HE'S CHANGED 3.00 (Leonato, Don Pedro, Claudio)
15. I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN 3.49 (Claudio)
18. SHAME 3.03 (Claudio, Leonato, Don Pedro, Benedick, Hero)
19. THIS CANNOT BE! 2.39 (Leonato, Benedick, Beatrice, Friar)
20. IF ONLY I WERE A MAN 2.49 (Beatrice)
21. TAKE YOUR SWORD 1.53 (Leonato, Claudio)
22. THEN KILL FOR ME 2.07 (Beatrice, Benedick)
23. IF I COULD WRITE A SONNET 3.21 (Benedick)
24. I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN 3.08 (reprise) (Claudio)
25. COME LET US MARRY 1.27 (Benedick, Beatrice, Claudio and Hero)
26. FINALE 4.02 (company)

CD Reviews

Shakespeare has never been so tuneful
Graham williams | California | 06/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really cannot see how anyone could fail to appreciate theabundant merits of this recording. This is a terrific CD with one ofthe most lively and original scores of any musical around. Only Nosferatu can possibly beat it for sheer originality. The divine Claire Moore once again stars on a recording of Mr Taylor's work, and she is always worth the cost of a CD on her own. It is easy to see why she enjoys performing the works of this composer. The melodies are always very strong and keep growing on you with each listening. The flavour of the period comes through in most songs, yet the score is very modern in many ways. It combines an Elizabethan pulse with Broadway pizzazz and timeless melodies. All the performers (a hand-picked studio cast of top London stars) are excellent. The role of Beatrice is Taylor-made for Claire Moore, while Paul McGann proves that he can deliver a song with as much panache as he showed as Doctor Who and in movies like Withnail and I. There is also a guest appearance by the magnificent Peter Karrie. With so many great tracks on it, this CD is a steal at the price. As with some of Mr Taylor's other recordings, the only way it could be improved is with a lush orchestra to support the singers. The songs cry out for the kind of lush orchestration Mr Taylor enjoyed on the recording of his first musical, Wuthering Heights."
A Show To Be Seen and Heard
Alistair Brown | Oxfordshire, England | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw the first production of this show at Stratford, where the cast included some veteran members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I thought it was amazing how Mr Taylor managed to weave Shakespeare's own words into lyrics and how true he was to the spirit and the characters. There are some wonderful songs in this show and they all work very well on stage, fitting in very smoothly with the story and helping to move things along at a rollicking pace. The singers on this recording are all excellent and the music captures the spirit of the period. Even those who do not like Shakespeare would find it highly enjoyable.... I think it is a great work and deserves to be seen and heard more often."
Serena Tilford | East Sussex, England | 06/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I find the music on this recording a breathe of fresh air after all the dreary musicals that have been churned out in the West End and on Broadway over the past ten years. The music is very different from anything else I have heard written for the stage and I loved every moment of it. I would love to see it performed. The singers are great. Like some other people, I would have preferred to have heard a live orchestra behind the singers, but that is a minor criticism asa it did not really spoil my enjoyment and appreciation."