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Two-time Juno winner Rufus Wainwright pays homage to Shakespeare on 'Take All My Loves' / Toronto Sun

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Two-time Juno winner Rufus Wainwright taps an all-star cast to honour the Bard Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death If you're thinking of marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death this coming Saturday, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has crafted the perfect soundtrack. Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, out Friday, marries the Juno-winner's love of classical and pop music with an eclectic cast of characters that includes Helena Bonham Carter, Florence Welch, William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and his sister Martha.

After reworking three sonnets for his 2010 disc All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, and collaborating with theatre director Robert Wilson and the Berliner Ensemble on the stage production Shakespeare's Sonnets, Wainwright figured that he needed to do a full-blown Shakespeare record. "Just to get it out of my system," he tells Postmedia Network. "It's been haunting me for a long time and lo and behold it turned out to be the 400th anniversary of his death this year."

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