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Re: Shakespeare's Voices
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0989.  Thursday, 8 December 1994.
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Dec 94 13:33:00 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0988  Re: Shakespeare's Voices
 
(2)     From:   Cary Mazer <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 16:46:29 -0500 (EST)
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Dec 94 13:33:00 EST
Subject: 5.0988  Re: Shakespeare's Voices
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0988  Re: Shakespeare's Voices
 
A couple of additions to Matthew Henerson's informative listing of
Shakespearean sound recordings:
 
1)  He mentions knowing of no recordings by more than one performer before
1940.  E.H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe recorded the Balcony Scene (and, I think,
some other "duets"), and Sothern died in 1933.
 
2) To the plays he mentions which were recorded full-length on 78s, add *Julius
Caesar* by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre.  Or at least give credit for a
nod in the "full-length" direction; the whole story gets more or less told, but
the cuts are considerable, especially after the funeral.
 
And while we're on the subject of sound recordings, does anyone know of a
recording by Sir Henry Irving?  I have seen passing and vague mention of one,
but none of the standard sources on Irving suggest that he ever recorded.  I'd
like to know whether the notorious eccentricities were really so odd as GBS and
William Archer (and half of London) thought.
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Dec 1994 16:46:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0988  Re: Shakespeare's Voices
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0988  Re: Shakespeare's Voices
 
I, too, invite SHAKSPER subscribers to listen to Arthur Bourchier's dagger
speech on the Pearl CD, Great Shakespeareans, and you will see why Harry Hill
and I don't always agree about acting.  (And I speak as one who actually LIKES
Edwardian acting).
 
Cary M. Mazer
University of Pennsylvania
 

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