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Rufus Wainwright - Enjoying The Fruits Of Shakespeare / TidalHiFi Q&A

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On his latest album, Take All My Loves - 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, Rufus Wainwright sets music to nine of Shakespeare's sonnets, inventively incorporating genres such as opera, pop, rock, spoken word and classical into the mix. "It totally transformed my existence," says the American-Canadian songsmith of the first time he encountered the works of William Shakespeare.

The result is epic, flamboyant, intense, theatrical and – above all – very, very Rufus. The now 42-year-old singer-songwriter and composer released his eponymous and critically-acclaimed debut in 1998, but it was the extravagant and hauntingly beautiful qualities of Poses (2001), and especially Want One (2003) and Two (2004), that established him as one of his generations most skilled and highly idiosyncratic songwriters.

Tidal talked to Rufus Wainwright about his new album and why he thinks the words of the English poet and playwright still resonates to this day. READ THE FULL Q&A