Sir John Gielgud talks about the plot of Shakespeare's tragedy interspersed with his performance in the lead role.
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Gielgud delivers a fascinating insight into the character and his approach, as well as to the play as a whole. Along the way, a number of key speeches and scenes highlight and enliven the story.
I am not sure why the production felt in necessary to add Music to the production as Mr Gielgud's voice is quite sufficient in captivating an audience on the stage, as he does beautiful on a recording, so the interruptions diminish rather add to this instructive as well as entertaining hour.
The audio experience is terrible as musical interludes repeatedly interfere with the spoken word rendering the performance a slightly heard mess.
The Bard played no part in the creation of this recording. However, the creator of the recording could have done better by recording Sir John in an uninterrupted performance. performance.
Sir John's narration was intermittent, generally inaudible and, sadly, of greatly diminished value.
The reaction this recording sparked was an overwhelming desire to have my money refunded.
As noted, the recording should have been of the entire play uninterrupted. In the alternative, meaningful commentary could have been entered at a sound level permitting meaningful comprehension.
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