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Re: Shakespeare on Audio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1824  Tuesday, 26 October 1999.

[1]     From:   Melissa Kolar <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Oct 99 14:13:07 DT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1798 Q: Shakespeare on Audio

[2]     From:   Mary Jane Miller <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Oct 1999 14:13:20 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1812 Re: Shakespeare on Audio

[3]     From:   Marion Aston <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Oct 1999 22:05:14 +0100
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[4]     From:   An Sonjae <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Oct 1999 09:10:18 +0900
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From:           Melissa Kolar <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Oct 99 14:13:07 DT
Subject: 10.1798 Q: Shakespeare on Audio
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1798 Q: Shakespeare on Audio

>I want to buy some audio cassettes of some plays.  Does anyone have any
>suggestions?  Is it better to get the full-cast productions or the
>one-reader versions?  Are there any particularly great or bad versions?

The Caedmon Audio, full-cast productions have worked well for me.  You
might check the latest CLEARVUE/eav calalogue for information.

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From:           Mary Jane Miller <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Oct 1999 14:13:20 -0500
Subject: 10.1812 Re: Shakespeare on Audio
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1812 Re: Shakespeare on Audio

The CBC and Stratford collaborated in a superb Tempest with William Hutt
as Prospero ( before this last  summer's triumph). I have no other
details having heard it on the radio but I think  it is for sale.

Mary Jane

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From:           Marion Aston <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Oct 1999 22:05:14 +0100
Subject: 10.1812 Re: Shakespeare on Audio
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1812 Re: Shakespeare on Audio

First of all I would like to take exception with Perry Herzfeld.  So -
Kenneth Branagh is arrogant and annoying - has he me him?  Or what other
kind of observation does he base this statement on.

Regarding audio productions - apart from the excellent Renaissance
Theatre recordings that have already been mentioned, there were the
recent BBC recordings on Radio 3 (I appreciate this is primarily of
interest for UK people, but they will probably become available
elsewhere).  So far we have had Hamlet - starring Michael Sheen as
Hamlet, Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude and Kenneth Cranham as Claudius.
Julius Ceasar with Nick Farrell and Jonathan Firth,; Romeo and Juliet
(can't remember who starred, because I forgot to record it) and A
Midsummer Nights Dream.  I am told that all these are now available to
buy - they have certainly been advertised by the RSC.

Marion

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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Oct 1999 09:10:18 +0900
Subject: 10.1812 Re: Shakespeare on Audio
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1812 Re: Shakespeare on Audio

If you are going to use the tape in class, it is rather important to
have a 'full text' version or the students will keep losing their
place.  This is my problem with the Argo Old Vic (Derek Jacobi) version,
which also re-locates a whole section of text in Act 4 for no clear
reason.  Unfortunately it is often hard to know if a given version is
full-text or not. Certainly the Marlowe Company versions (Argo) usually
were, and I believe that the Caedmon (now HarperCollins) versions were.
It is also sometimes hard to distinguish versions when ordering from
Amazon.com or the Internet Bookshop, they do not give full information.
The Renaissance Theatre (Random Century / Branagh) version (originally a
BBC broadcasting version) suffers from too many background noises
(especially unnecessary running water and twittering birds) and lengthy
music (so annoying in the classroom when you cannot remember how long it
lasts and if you ought to speed forward but for how long?). Film
versions(video) are also usually radically cut, so that students cannot
follow the dialogue in their texts. Korean students often find the sound
of videos difficult to hear and the response is very different if they
are watching a version with Korean subtitles (alas?).

An Sonjae (Brother Anthony)
Sogang University, Seoul
 

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