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A life of Shakespeare: Starring Simon Russell Beale & Cast (Naxos Audio) (Englisch) Audio-CD – Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook, Ungekürzte Ausgabe

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These CDs provide a biography which looks at the life of the playwright in part through the plays themselves. The intricacies of Elizabethan drama set the background for the tale of the greatest dramatist.

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Simon Russell Beale is a young actor with a string of major RSC successes behind him. His performance of Ariel in The Tempest was nominated for an Olivier Award. Other credits include Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi and Mosca in Valpone at the Royal National Theatre. For Naxos AudioBooks he has recorded Great Speeches and Soliloquies of Shakespeare, Popular Poetry and Verse and The Life of Oscar Wilde.


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An excellent reading of a thought-provoking biography 5. Juni 2001
Von F. Behrens - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A new addition to the generally excellent series of Naxos Audio Books is Hesketh Pearson's <A Life of Shakespeare> (NA 221612). Here we have a 2:27 hour abridgment read by the now internationally known British actor Simon Russell Beale, with very short scenes read by David Timson, Daniel Philpott, and Caroline Faber.
Many scholars might carp at the choice of authors, since Pearson takes things from an actor's point of view; and a good deal of his assumptions are based on the "fact" that running a theater back then differed little from Pearson's own experiences in that field.
He tries to run a careful course between using passages from the plays as "proof" that Shakespeare must have thought thus and so and realizing that what a character says in a play may not (and probably doesn't) reflect the author's personal point of view. (Often the former method is valid. For example, Shakespeare almost never makes a positive reference to dogs or a negative one to highly spiced foods. One can reasonably assume he disliked dogs and bland food.)
Yet Pearson often makes statements that rest on lines from the plays but do not really prove anything. Can we really take Othello's plea before killing himself as Shakespeare's own? Especially annoying is basing claims that the actor Shakespeare played certain parts on mere say so's that have been passed on from one generation to the other. It would be nice to know, for example, that Shakespeare acted the Prologue to "Henry V" so he could point to himself as "the bending author"; but this seems wish-fantasy on Pearson's part rather than even reasonable surmise. But Pearson is never boring and that is what also counts in a recorded reading such as this one.
Beale's delivery cannot be faulted, nor can the short contributions of the three assistants. I know that I will play this many times again, especially on long car rides. I opted for the CD version (which I transferred to tape for the car), and there are enough tracking cues to make finding what you want pretty easy. Highly recommended.
Wonderful Introduction to the World of Shakespeare 17. November 2011
Von Ray - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A part of the extensive audio recordings made by Naxos coving the world of art, literature, science, and nature, this wonderful script and performance on the life of Shakespeare is an enjoyable, thought-provoking, and often delightful look into the life of the Bard. The text by Hesketh Pearson, but performed by a series of professional readers, is truly fascinating and insightful. And although it might not be the absolute best introduction to someone with no background in Shakespeare at all, it contains content that is bound to keep most anyone--including the most seasoned Shakespeare aficionado--engrossed from beginning to end. There is also musical accompaniment at various parts of the recording (the extent of which runs a little over two hours) which adds a distinctive flavor, and allows the listener to digest the previous content before moving on. Its a first-class production, with a fantastic narrator and wonderful supporting actors, and should be on your short list if you enjoy listening to audio books and would like to extend your knowledge and understanding of Shakespear. I easily give this a five star rating.
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