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Re: the Onlie Begetter; Audio Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0413  Friday, 1 May 1998.

[1]     From:   Laura Fargas <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Apr 1998 12:09:33 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0403  Re: the Onlie Begetter

[2]     From:   John Owen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Apr 1998 23:03:47 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0407  Q: Audio Macbeth


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From:           Laura Fargas <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Apr 1998 12:09:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0403  Re: the Onlie Begetter
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0403  Re: the Onlie Begetter

Joe Shea wrote:

> Maybe, the Onlie Begetter is Shakespeare, and the editor printer was
> inscribing it to him as a familiar name-W.H. being the equivalent of
> say, JP for JP Jones.  Did anyone have middle names back then?

There's a thought!  I can certainly recall that, when in a somewhat
exercised frame of mind, my father attributed an equally uncanonical
middle initial H to Jesus Christ.

Laura Fargas

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From:           John Owen <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Apr 1998 23:03:47 EDT
Subject: 9.0407  Q: Audio Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0407  Q: Audio Macbeth

>I am looking for audio cassettes of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Would any one
>suggest any in particular? Thank you.

The best complete recording of Macbeth is from Harper Audio, featuring
Anthony Quayle and Gwen Frangcon-Davies. If you are interested, I can
find an address for you, but you should be able to order it from any
large bookstore. For a while, a Canadian company called "listening for
pleasure" was issuing the Angel-EMI recording with Alec Guinness and
Pamela Brown, but Guinness was strangely muted here and the result is
unsatisfactory. The best performance of Macbeth on audio is,
unfortunately, abridged-Michael Redgrave and Barbara Jefford for the
Living Shakespeare series-but still very powerful.

John Owen
 

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