William Shakespeare

Doing It by the Book

Nov 18, 2020
photo by Brandi Redd / Unsplash

“Reading is an act of civilization … it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.”– Ben Okri, Nigerian poet and author

Andris Nelsons
Marco Borggreve

August 21, 2016

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Robert Sheena, English horn
Dejan Lazic, piano

BERLIOZ Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict
TSONTAKIS Sonnets, Concerto for English horn and orchestra
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, Egyptian
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare's Songs

Apr 24, 2016

There's really nothing quite so enticing as a beautiful text by Shakespeare, set to music.

So many of Shakespeare's works - including his poems - were inspirations for classical music.

Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Seems like everyone has some touchstone when it comes to Shakespeare. The plays are so ubiquitous that it’s really not hard to run into some form, take, interpretation, or re-invention of the most popular ones, like Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.