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Rufus Wainright marks Shakespeare's 400th with 'Take All My Loves' / The Australian

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Canadian-American songwriter Rufus Wainwright has turned his hand to all manner of musical and theatrical projects, including putting his interpretation on the work of William Shakespeare, but now he's gone the full monty in that direction by recording nine of Shakespeare's sonnets.

The album Take All My Loves, to be released on April 22, commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death and features the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as an impressive and wildly disparate roster of collaborators that includes Wainwright's sister Martha, Florence + the Machine's Florence Welch, Helena Bonham Carter and William Shatner. Wainwright has worked on sonnets before, first producing music for director Robert Wilson's Shakespeare's Sonnets production in 2009. He also orchestrated five sonnets for the San Francisco Symphony in 2010. Three of the nine pieces on the new recording (albeit in different versions) appeared on Wainwright's 2010 album Songs for Lulu. The new recording reunites Wainwright with producer Marius de Vries, who worked on his albums Want Oneand Want Two. "For me, recording this album has been a marriage made in heaven," says Wainwright, "as it combines my love of classical music with my love of pop music, It's literally historically fun. And made all the better by working again with Marius."