Philomel (with Melody)

After a depressingly inaccessible Romeo and Juliet, the Argo recording of Midsummer Night's dream opened up like box of riches. This is far and away my favorite recording of the play, and there are some strong contenders in the audio realm (as well as some fine films). RCA Victor (1954) The success of the RCA…

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Sounds Boring

"Now look. Is it a fact that you're going to marry this sap, de Beaufort?" David Niven, crashing a party, demands of the beautiful Annabella, who gazes at him through her mask. "What is sap?", she replies. Niven considers for a moment, then "Sap..sap is a man who doesn't look where he's going" The movie…

Richard II

The romantic portrait of Richard II, definitively acted by John Gielgud and echoed by Derek Jacobi decades later is that of a graceful, charming aesthete playing┬áthe role first of an all-powerful monarch and then of a pitiful martyr, all the way using poetic language to cast a spell on the audience. Gielgud especially, with a…