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Rufus Wainwright's Next Album Will Honor Shakespeare and Feature Princess Leia / Slate

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This April 23 marks 400 years since the death of that great bard William Shakespeare, an anniversary expected to ride in on a global frenzy of tributes and a surplus of Shakespeare-themed volumes that range from academic to alcoholic. But the latest entry is an unlikely album from Rufus Wainwright, titled Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets. The LP, set for release on April 22 by classical record label Deutsche Grammophon, will feature guest performances from Florence Welch, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, and William Shatner, among other vocalists and actors. Helena Bonham Carter's Shakespearean chops are well-established and Florence Welch aptly embodies the Pre-Raphaelite inner light necessary for a contempo Shakespeare revival. Princess Leia and Captain Kirk are reading sonnets, presumably from space.

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