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|Material Type:||Audio book, etc.|
|Document Type:||Sound Recording|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Sir; Arthur Bourchier; Lewis Waller; Frank R Benson; Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Sir; John Gielgud; Sybil Thorndike, Dame; Lewis Casson, Sir; John Barrymore; Laurence Olivier; Henry Irving, Sir; Edwin Booth; Ellen Terry, Dame; Noel Coward; Gertrude Lawrence; Fred Terry; Julia Neilson; Henry Ainley; Bransby Williams; Edith Evans, Dame; Charles Laughton; Stan Laurel; Oliver Hardy; Nicolas Soames; William Shakespeare
|Credits:||Tracks selected and provided by Eliot Levin ; produced by Nicolas Soames.|
|Performer(s):||Various performers. Disc 1 highlights the changing styles of Shakespeare performance. Disc 2 is a miscellany of melodrama, tragedy, comedy.|
|Description:||2 sound discs (2 hr., 5 min., 31 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Contents:||Early recordings of actors in Shakespeare. Julius Caesar, act 3, scene "O pardon me thou bleeding piece of earth (Herbert Beerbohm Tree (Mark Antony)) ; Henry IV, Part 1, act 5, scene 1 "Hal, if you see me down in the battle" (Herbert Beerbohm Tree (Falstaff)). Macbeth, act 2, scenes 1 & 2 "Go bid thy mistress when my drink is ready, she strike upon the bell " (Arthur Bourchier (Macbeth)). Henry V, act 3, scene 1 "Once mour unto the breach, dear friends" (Lewis Waller (Henry V)). Henry V, act 3, scene 1 "Once more unto the breach, dear friends" (Frank Benson (Henry V)). Hamlet, act 2, scene 2 "O what a rogue and peasant slave am I " ; Hamlet, act 3, scene 2 "Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you" (Johnston Forbes Robertson (Hamlet)). Hamlet, act 4, scene 4 "How all occasions do inform against me" (John Gielgud (Hamlet)). Richard II, act 3, scene 3 "O God! O God!" (John Gielgud (Richard II). Macbeth, act 1, scene 5 "They met me in the day of success" (Sybil Thorndike, Lewis Casson). Henry. VI, part 3, act 3, scene 2 "Ay, Edward will use women honourably" (John Barrymore (Gloster)). Hamlet "To be or not to be" (John Barrymore (Hamlet)). Hamlet "O that this too, too solid flesh would melt" (Laurence Olivier (Hamlet)). Henry V "Once more unto the breach" (Laurence Olivier (Henry V)). Richard III, act 1, scene 1 "Now is the winter of our discontent" (Henry Irving (Richard III)). Henry VIII, act 3, scene 2 "Cromwell, I did not think to shed a tear in all my miseries" (Henry Irving (Cardinal Wolsey)). Othello, act 1, scene 3 "Most potent grave and reverend Signiors" (Edwin Booth (Othello). Hamlet, act 4, scene 5 "O rose of May, dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia" (Ellen Terry (Ophelia)). Romeo and Juliet, act 4, scene 3 "Good night. Get thee to bed and rest" (Ellen Terry (Juliet)). The merchant of Venice, act 4, scene 1 "The quality of mercy is not strained" (Ellen Terry (Portia)) --
CD 2. Early recordings: a miscellany. Private lives, from Act I and Act II / Coward (Noel Coward, Gertrude. Lawrence). The Scarlet Pimpernel / Orczy (Fred Terry, Julia Neilson). Trilby / du Maurier (Herbert Beerbohm Tree (Svengali)). The charge of the light brigade / Tennyson (Henry Ainley). The bells (Bransby Williams (Irving)). The importance of being Earnest / Wilde (John Gielgud, Edith Evans). Gettysburg address (Charles Laughton). Laurel and Hardy. The stage doorkeeper (Bransby Williams). Phedre / Racine (Sarah Bernhardt (Phèdre)). Oedipus / Sophocles (Jean Mounet-Sully (Oedipus). Cyrano de Bergerac (Constant Coquelin (Cyrano)). Reverie / Nadson (Feodor Chaliapin).