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Hamlet (John Gielgud) (Classic Drama)

By William Shakespeare, Sir John Gielgud (Narrator), Marian Spencer (Narrator), Celia Johnson (Narrator), Francis Nyamnjoh (Editor), Jose Cabot (Editor) & Tim Ohr
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Features a recording made in 1941 for radio, regarded as a fine "Hamlet" performance.

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Format: Abridged,   Audiobook
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Pages   3
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Aug 30, 2006
Publisher   Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN  9626344172  
ISBN13  9789626344170  

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More About William Shakespeare, Sir John Gielgud, Marian Spencer, Celia Johnson, Francis Nyamnjoh, Jose Cabot & Tim Ohr

William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon." His extant works include some collaboration, consisting of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

William Shakespeare lived in Stratford-Upon-The Avon. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616.

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Excellent Historic Recording  Mar 31, 2007
After reading the negative and only review of this CD, I decided to see how terrible this recorded performance was for myself. First of all, I was surprised at how clear the sound of the performance actually was, considering the date of the recording. Second, I've seen and heard numerous performances of Shakespeare's Hamlet over the years, (including Mel Gibson, Nicol Williamson, Lawrence Oliver, Richard Burton, and Kenneth Branagh), most of which I have enjoyed, more or less, for different reasons. (I find it is a lot like listening to the many, great violinists who have recorded Beethoven's, one and only, Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61, i.e., some are good and some are great, for different reasons.)
At the time of this recording, John Gielgud had played Hamlet over 500 times and this performance in 1948 came late for him to play the role, yet Gielgud was also at the height of his abilities as an actor. I found that beyond the various interpretation's of Hamlet's personality by others, no one can "Speak the speech, I pray you, ...trippingly on the tongue..." in the decisively commanding, poetic, and eloquent manner as John Gielgud. It is the beauty of Shakespeare's language that Gielgud offers here, and that I believe is worth the price of admission, (or in this case, the 3CDs). Of course, the cast is not perfect, but Andrew Cruickshank is the best Claudius, I've ever heard, and Hugh Griffith's monologue as the First Player is just marvelous. Also, memorable is Marian Spencer as Gertrude, Baliol Holloway as Polonius, Sebastian Shaw as Horatio and Hugh Burden as Laertes. If that's not enough to wet your palette, get this CD set for no other reason than it is a historic performance of a John Gielgud with an enchanted voice, like none other.
Very disappointing  Feb 28, 2007
This is from the 1948 broadcast and the sound is OK. I must say that, however much I like John Gielgud as an actor, he simply is not Hamlet. His reading is much too weak, really lacking intelligence. In addition, Ceilia Johnson as Ophelia is a disaster. She has a voice which is whinny and annoying and absolutely middle-aged; unbelievable as well as distracting as Ophelia. Andrew Cruikshank as Claudius is fine, although his wonderful, deep voice makes Hamlet shrink in his presence and makes him sound a little too good, which is not Claudius. Finally, Hugh Griffith is excellent, but one wishes one could have seen him! Might have saved the day!

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