Item description for Seven Ages of Man: An Anthology of Poetry With Music by Naxos Audiobooks...
This anthology, based on Lord Owen's published anthology "Seven Ages - Poetry for a Lifetime", features many of Britain's leading actors who have given their services for charity. Shakespeare's "Seven Ages" speech, read by Sir Ian McKellen, punctuates the programme which contains over 100 poems.
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Beautiful Apr 14, 2008
I love the 2 CD set. There are poems which you understand now and some later depending on life experience, I enjoy listening and experiencing these lovely poems by the great poets of all time read by the greatest actors and orators of all time. I really recommend this compilation.
Fantastic! Dec 28, 2007
If you are a lover of poetry, you will certainly love this cd set. The speakers do a spectacular job. I highly recommend this product.
Audio Masterpiece Feb 6, 2007
This 2 cd set is based on William Shakespere's "The Seven Ages." Selected poems are read by well known British actors/actresses with classical music to accompany the readings. Some of my favorites are "The Owl and the Pussycat" read by John Cleese, "A Parental Ode" by Ralph Fiennes, "The Quangle Wangle's Hat" by Connie Booth and "My Heart Leaps Up" by Robert Hardy. A purchase of this two cd set benefits The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
This is almost the best.. Jan 8, 2002
collection of poetry with some music thrown in that I could find out there as a Christmas gift. I also had the opportunity to listen to the first quarter of the poems. However, my set was an audio cassette set, very different in appearance from the cassette set currently available from Naxos. Unfortunately, that set seems to have disappeared from the market; what is available is either the full set on CD, or the abridged version on cassette.
Some of the poems are truly marvellous, and well worth buying this set for. The price is great too. Where else can you find some of the greatest names in British theater (and a minor royal) declaiming some of the best poems (as compiled by David Owen) concerning the seven ages of a human being (as listed by William Shakespeare)? While not all the choices appealed to me, it was wonderful to hear the voices of Ian McKellen, David Suchet, Derek Jacobi and others declaim certain lines. The listing of the poems is comprehensive only under popular music (an odd choice, I think). The listing is not available under books (audiobooks), which is a great pity.
The music only introduces each stage. Each of the readers then continues, sans music. Therefore the description of this work as poetry set to music might be a bit misleading.
I think that this volume also might be a bit overwhelming for someone not used to listening to more than a few minutes of poetry. My recommendation is to start out slowly, and then pause for awhile if needed. Gradually, you can build up to listening more. There are almost no pauses in between poems (except for the necessary pause to distinguish one poem and reader from another). A little bit more music in between (every 15 minutes) might have helped. But if you want a lot of poetry and great actors for your money, this little set is a gem.
I rate this about 4.5
A superbly produced audiobook anthology of timeless poetry. Apr 4, 2000
Based on Lord David Owen's book Seven Ages: Poetry for a Lifetime, this Naxos audiobook edition of Seven Ages: An Anthology Of Poetry With Music features outstanding and memorable dramatic readings by forty British actors ranging from Michael Caine and Judi Dench to John Cleese and Glenda Jackson. The poetry is drawn from the works of William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes, Dylan Thomas, Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling, W.B. Yeats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, A.E. Housman, Robert Burns, D.H. Lawrence, John Keats, Seamus Heaney, Wilfred Owen, Matthew Arnold, John Dunne, Walt Whitman, Rabindranath Tagge, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Ogden Nash, Christinia Rossetti, and many others. Total Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.