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Rufus Wainwright - Take All My Loves / exclaim! review

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Rufus Wainwright has always had a knack for weaving together technicolour dreamscapes and Willy Wonka-esque funhouse worlds, and this latest album, Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets puts his penchant for the theatrical front and centre. Each track features Shakespearean sonnets (some sonnets appear in more than one track), spoken and sung by Hollywood personalities like Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Siân Phillips and Helena Bonham Carter, classical singers Anna Prohaska and Fiora Cutler, pop singers Frally Hynes and Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) and Wainwright's sister, Martha Wainwright. Lush orchestration brings the poetry to life, as does the incredible sound quality Deutsche Grammophon is famous for. With the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin String Section in tow, the whole album has a decidedly classical feel until halfway through.
This recording is a great addition to his musical catalogue, and a fine way to fall in love with Shakespeare all over again, to boot. (Deutsche Grammophon)  SEE THE FULL exclaim! PAGE