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Macbeth Audio CD

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626341629
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626341629
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,117,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Product Description

MACBETH, Shakespeare's last great tragedy, has remained one of the most popular plays since its first performance in 1606 - probably in front of King James. This exciting audiobook production is directed with fresh imagination by Fiona Shaw who breaks the conventional strait jacket that has hampered the development of Shakespeare on audio. We are as much in the 21st century as in medieval Scotland - the tensions, the politics, the struggle for power and dark ambition is part of our lives. This is also reflected in the sound world, with modern machinery and tanks. MACBETH is part of Naxos AudioBooks' exciting series of complete dramatisations of the works of Shakespeare, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. It uses the New Cambridge Shakespeare text, as used by the Royal Shakespeare Company and educational institutions across the world.

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By A Customer on Jan. 14 2001
Format: Audio CD
The set is worth having for the younG Gencer's first attempts at a FIENDISH role (she was only 31 at the time) that she would even perfect more from an interpretative/psychological point of view later on but with a less fresh voice (for instance Venice in 1968). Taddei and the rest of the cast are quite adequate companions to this overwhelming Lady and Gui's conducting a guarantee of a fine performance from everybody involved. Again, do not miss Leyla Gencer's Lady Macbeth in her vocal prime even if the sound is not to digital standards.
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Format: Audio CD
The good--Milnes gives us some of his best singing here; youthful, glorious tone and interpretation untouched by the mannerisms that plagued his later singing. He is a devastating Macbeth, worthy of all the great interpreters of the past. Ludgwig, of course, has heaven in her voice and disappoints only in the sleepwalking scene when she doesn't give a high 'C sharp' at the end, understandably though since she is a mezzo. Cossutta is one of the best Macduffs. Bohm brings us a subtle yet dramatic reading of the score. The bad--some of the sound quality isn't as good as a studio performance: dry and shallow. The ugly--Milnes and Ludwig have recorded the role in the studio separately, but here together, they are electric as ever. Too bad it wasn't in the studio. Good price, good recording, one of Orfeo D'Or's better issues.
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By A Customer on March 12 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am not a Milnes fan, so this recording was a very pleasant surprise for me: his singing is excellent, his characterization is believable. This performance is one of the highlights of a good career. Christa Ludwig is in great voice and invests the words with meaning and beauty. There is no sacrificing of tone for effect that Verdi himself said might be necessary to convey Lady Macbeth's character, but Ludwig presents a truly formidable and complex character who is only too willing to descend into evil for a goal. Bohm never fails to amaze me at the range of his conducting: he always serves the needs of the music and his cast with a balance and integrity that enhances every measure. Not, by far, the best Verdi, but as good a presentation of it as you will find. More than worth the price you will pay for it.
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