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Thomas A. Copeland

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio | Member Since 2000

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  • Richard Burton's Hamlet

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Richard Burton, a full cast
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This production of Hamlet, directed by Sir John Gielgud and starring Richard Burton, was recorded in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and with the actors performing just as they would if you went to see a production tonight. "The particular intensity and nerves of this is probably the same kind of thing that excites an audience in live theater," says Richard Burton.

    Thomas A. Copeland says: "Burton at His Best"
    "Burton at His Best"
    Overall

    Richard Burton was born to play Hamlet. This performance is a classic which everyone ought to know. The soliloquies are unique, differing in interpretation in the most imaginative ways from their counterparts in former recorded productions. Hume Cronyn, despite his American accent, is a superb old fox as Polonius, and Gielgud as ghost finally found a role which requires his stylized delivery.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Enoch Arden: Melodrama for Speaker and Piano

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Alfred Tennyson, Richard Strauss (composer)
    • Narrated By Benjamin Luxon, Frederick Moyer
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Continuing a collaboration started years ago, Benjamin Luxon and Frederick Moyer now turn to the little-explored genre of music for piano and narrator. Enoch Arden first came to international attention with a recording by Claude Raines and Glenn Gould but has since drifted back to obscurity. This is a work that both Luxon and Moyer have loved for many years. The poem is immediately accessible to any audience and tells a heart-wrenching story of friendship, love, separation, and sacrifice.

    Thomas A. Copeland says: "Unintelligible"
    "Unintelligible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The recording appears to have been made in an echo chamber with the performer far from the microphone, making the words blend together. Then, just when one begins to catch the meaning, in comes the piano, close at hand and significantly louder than the voice, drowning out the words. The reader, although experienced at reading verse, is guilty of spelling pronunciations such as pronouncing the "b" in "clambering."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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