Music and Speeches from RSC's Richard II Will Be Available on CD for First Time
By Carey Purcell
The Royal Shakespeare Company announced that music and speeches from its upcoming production of Richard II will be published on a CD and available for download from iTunes.
The recording will be 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, which has not been heard since the production's performance.
Additionally, the CD includes key speeches from the play from David Tennant in the title role, Jane Lapotaire as the Duchess of York and Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt.
"Our ambition is to try to capture at least some of the specially created music (which is always performed live for our productions), along with speeches that give a flavour of the performance," RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said in a statement. "We also want to include archive recordings of some of the most talented composers of the 20th Century that we have commissioned to score our productions. Our archive includes not only Ralph Vaughan Williams, but many exciting talents from Lennox Berkeley and Django Bates to Laura Marling."
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.
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 will be released on CD and for download Oct. 18. Copies of the CD are available now to pre-order from the RSC online shop by visiting www.rsc.org.uk/shop/item/62328-richard-ii-music--speeches-cd-2013.
The track list follows:
1. Lacrimosa (Englishby)
More information can be found by visiting www.rsc.org.uk/.
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