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Rufus Wainright pays homage to Shakespeare on new album / Exclusive billboard Song Premiere

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Most people talk about William Shakespeare in terms of his plays. But Rufus Wainwright would rather have the sonnets. For proof of why he feels that way, the singer-songwriter offers Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, which comes out April 22 and includes two versions of "A Woman's Face (Sonnet 20)," which Billboard is premiering exclusively below. "I guess a fair number of people know the sonnets, but the plays are the centerpiece of Shakespeare's legend," Wainwright tells Billboard. "But I've found in working with the sonnets they even transcend the plays, though to even fathom that is inconceivable since the plays are so amazing. But once you start to get into the sonnets it takes on this timeless, ageless, almost futuristic quality. So much of the language and so much of the sentiment is contemporary -- gender and sexuality and love and hate are just so plainly exhibited that it's really searing."  

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Take All My Loves is an outgrowth of Wainwright's work with the sonnets, dating back several years ago to when the late Michael Kamen asked him to write a version of "When In Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes (Sonnet 29)," sung on the new album by Florence Welch. A few years later playwright and director Robert Wilson asked Wainwright to compose more music for his 2009 piece Shakespeare's Sonnets, while the San Francisco Symphony subsequently commissioned him to orchestrate five sonnets. Three of those, including "A Woman's Face," appeared on Wainwright`s 2010 album All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu.