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A great deal of singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright‘s recent work has been related to the Bard's legacy. From composing for playwright and director Robert Wilson‘s Shakespeare's Sonnets to performance arts to scoring the poet's sonnets for a symphonic orchestra, Wainwright's most recent album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, whose release comes exactly 400 years after Shakespeare's death, pays homage to the timeless lyrical works of Shakespeare and makes them ring true to a modern audience.

With the help of some all-star collaborators like long-time producer Marius de Vries, actors Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner, Austrian coloratura soprano Anna Prohaska and a pleasantly surprising appearance Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine, Wainwright has put together an album that is incredibly balanced while pushing the boundaries of conventional record-making.

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