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Shall I Compare Thee?

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Shall I Compare Thee?

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    • Summer Sonnet (4:46)*

    • KEVIN OLSON (b. 1970)

      Summer Sonnet (4:46)*

    • Blow, blow, thou winter wind (2:37)*

    • MARTHA SULLIVAN (b. 1964)

      Blow, blow, thou winter wind (2:37)*

    • Come Away, Death (3:05)

    • JAAKKO MÄNTYJÄRVI (b. 1963)

      Four Shakespeare Songs (11:53)

      Come Away, Death (3:05)

    • Lullaby (3:23)

    • Lullaby (3:23)

    • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (2:57)

    • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (2:57)

    • Full Fathom Five (2:17)

    • Full Fathom Five (2:17)

    • It Was a Lover and his Lass (3:09)

    • MATTHEW HARRIS (b. 1956)

      from Shakespeare Songs

      It Was a Lover and his Lass (3:09)

    • Take, O Take Those Lips Away (1:35)

    • Take, O Take Those Lips Away (1:35)

    • Who is Silvia? (1:21)

    • Who is Silvia? (1:21)

    • And Will A’Not Come Again? (2:39)*

    • And Will A’Not Come Again? (2:39)*

    • It Was a Lover and his Lass (2:28)

    • JOHN RUTTER (b. 1945)

      It Was a Lover and his Lass (2:28)

    • Shall I compare? (2:26)

    • NILS LINDBERG (b. 1933)

      Shall I compare? (2:26)

    • Madrigal (Take, O Take Those Lips Away) (1:37)

    • HÅKAN PARKMAN (1955–1988)

      from Three Shakespeare Songs

      Madrigal (Take, O Take Those Lips Away) (1:37)

    • Sonnet 147 (My love is as a fever) (3:03)

    • Sonnet 147 (My love is as a fever) (3:03)

    • Orpheus with his lute (2:20)

    • GYÖRGY ORBÁN (b. 1947)

      Orpheus with his lute (2:20)

    • O mistress mine! (1:03)

    • O mistress mine! (1:03)

    • To be, or not to be (3:01)*

    • JUHANI KOMULAINEN (b. 1953)

      Four Ballads of Shakespeare (10:00)*

      To be, or not to be (3:01)*

    • O weary night (2:46)*

    • O weary night (2:46)*

    • Three words (1:49)*

    • Three words (1:49)*

    • Tomorrow and tomorrow (2:14)*

    • Tomorrow and tomorrow (2:14)*

    • Spring (2:51)*

    • ROBERT APPLEBAUM (b. 1941)

      Spring (2:51)*

    • Witches Blues (4:53)*

    • Witches Blues (4:53)*

    • Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summers day? (3:13)*

    • Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summers day? (3:13)*

Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

On its new CD, the "world class" (Fanfare) nine-voice ensemble Chicago a cappella brings its trademark "wit, imagination, [and] flawless intonation" (Chicago Tribune) to 23 contemporary choral settings of Shakespeare texts - including ten recorded premieres and three works composed expressly for the group.

Making its Cedille Records debut, Chicago a cappella performs artful arrangements that draw from influences ranging from bossa nova and the blues to Renaissance and medieval modes. You'll hear a fascinating spectrum of styles within single works and across the entire program. This is one CD where (in the words of the Bard) "music and sweet poetry agree."

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 63:00

*World Premiere Recording(s)

The participation of the artists in this recording was underwritten in part through the generosity of the Nora Bergman Fund.

Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Session Director: Patrick Sinozich
Recorded: November 13, 2004; and January 14-16 and March 19, 2005 at Northeastern Illinois University
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond & Pete Goldlust
Front cover: Ask me no more, 1906 (oil on canvas) by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema © The Bridgeman Art Library

© 2005 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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