The Complete Collection of Ballads, Rounds, Ayres & other Songs from
the plays of William Shakespeare
160 Songs featuring:
Sopranos – Ellen Hargis & Custer LaRue
Mezzo-Soprano – Judith Malafonte
Tenors – Paul Elliott, William Hite & Aaron Sheehan
Lute, Cittern & Renaissance Guitar – Paul O’Dette
Shakespeare lovers have long lamented that few songs in his plays survive with original music: of about sixty song lyrics, only a handful exist in musical settings. In addition, Shakespeare quotes fragments of about thirty other songs and alludes to another sixty by citing a title, character, or refrain. Shakespeare’s Songbook (W.W.
Norton, 2004) and this companion CD set assemble this entire repertoire of songs, including ballads and rounds, that Shakespeare knew and used in his plays.
This collection fills a long-felt need for Shakespeare enthusiasts.
No such collection has ever before been compiled!