By Carey Purcell
18 Oct 2013
The recording is the first in a series capturing some of the live and specially commissioned music composed for RSC productions of all Shakespeare's plays.
The CD contains Paul Englishby's original music composed for Richard II. It also features music from the 1913 production by Ralph Vaughan Williams from the RSC's archive, music that has not been heard since the production's performance.
The CD also includes key speeches from the play featuring David Tennant in the title role, Jane Lapotaire as the Duchess of York and Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt.
Vaughan Williams composed music for Frank Benson's production, which was performed 100 years ago in Stratford-upon-Avon and has remained in the RSC's archives since then. He worked with Benson for the 1913-14 season and also composed music for The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry V.
Richard II began performances Oct. 10 and continues through Nov. 16.
The next albums will feature music from Gregory Doran's forthcoming productions of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts I and II and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Simon Godwin. These productions will play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in repertoire in 2014.
The album is released on CD and for download Oct. 18. Visit the RSC online shop at www.rsc.org.uk/shop/item/62328-richard-ii-music--speeches-cd-2013.
The track list follows:
1. Lacrimosa (Englishby)
2. Richard (Englishby)
3. Finds brotherhood in thee no sharper spur? (speech Act I Sc ii Duchess of Gloucester - Jane Lapotaire)
4. In Paradisum (Englishby)
5. Methinks I am a prophet new inspired (speech Act II Sc i John of Gaunt - Michael Pennington)
6. True Born Englishman (Englishby)
7. Sicut Cervus (Englishby)
8. Of comfort no man speak (speech Act III Sc ii Richard II - David Tennant)
9. Bolingbroke (Englishby)
10. Requiem Aeternam (Englishby)
11. Eased with being nothing (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
12. Greensleeves (arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
13. In weeping after this untimely bier (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
14. Agnus dei (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
15. Pie Jesu, Amen (Englishby)
More information can be found by visiting www.rsc.org.uk/.