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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 11, 2009
  • Release Date: November 5, 2009
  • Label: Meridian Records
  • Copyright: 2009 meridian records
  • Total Length: 58:11
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  • ASIN: B002XOSMVK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,731 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAME on March 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In the past one could get a collection of the music to Olivier's famous film of Shakespeare's Henry V with a few speeches spoken by Olivier (these were recorded apart from the film itself). Here we get far more than that, narrated by John Nettles, best known to Americans as Inspector Barnaby in the BBC mystery series, Midsomer Murders. Nettles lacks the incomparably stirring heroism of Oliver's king, but he knows how to speak Shakespeare, and in addition some scraps of dialogue are inserted from Falstaff and others that Nettles also does.

In every other recording that I know about, the scoring is for full orchestra, but here we get an arrangement for chamber ensemble. As Lady Walton comments on the first track, this reduction gives the flavor of a night in the theater rather than in the cinema. I find it more charming and effective than the usual full orchestration, which at times points out rather too obviously the less than inspired stretches. But beyond that, since Walton's music is a pastiche of Elizabethan style, it helps to pull away from a lush modern orchestra. The English Serenata, crisply led by Guy Wolfenden, aren't a period ensemble, however, but the sound of pipes, drums, and tambourines evokes the time nicely enough. As a non-fan of Walton, I had less interest in the incidental music he wrote for As You Like It. We get the most famous speech, Jacques' seven ages of man, although Nettles doesn't really capture the character's self-importance or biting tone. Lorna Rushton is adequate but a bit creaky-sounding in the song , "Under the greenwood tree," but then, Walton's contribution is quite average, too.
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