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Feature by Fresh Air Classical Music Critic - Lloyd Schwartz

In celebration of Shakespeare's 400th birth anniversary, Decca presents a double-album of music inspired by the Bard as well as highlights of his greatest written work. The first half consists of famous classical pieces where the composers have taken inspiration from Shakespeare's best-loved plays and poems.  Highlights include: Tchaikovsky's ‘Dance of the Knights', Armstrong's  ‘Balcony Scene', Mendelssohn's ‘Wedding March' and Vaughan-Williams ‘Three Shakespeare Songs' to name but a few.  From orchestral to vocal music, this collection features performances by Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Herbert bon Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Colin Davis, Gerog Solti, The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and many more.

LISTEN TO THE NPR: FRESH AIR FEATURE WITH classical music critic, Lloyd Schwartz