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Alfred Drake Reads The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Narrated by: Alfred Drake
Length: 22 mins
Categories: Classics, Poetry
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Edward Fitzgerald's translation of a selection of poems originally written by Omar Khayyam was originally published in 1859. Here, a selection is read by Alfred Drake.
©2009 Saland Publishing (P)2009 Saland Publishing

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Uneven reading but highly recommended

This recording is one of the editions between 1 and 5, those being the two editions I have to reference in my Dover copy of the work. While lacking maybe a dozen quatrains present in the 5th ed., the language is nearly the same, but I'll speculate no further on which edition​ this represents.

The narrator Alfred Drake has a fine voice and sounds like he could have delivered a much better recitation than he did here. I found it inconsistent enough to detract from the score, but I don't think that should deter any fans of the poem specifically or of epigrams in general.

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  • 06-17-18

Omar as he should be

A great voice and Drake brings out all the nuances and emotions that Omar needs.