Acclaimed actors David Rintoul and Vivien Heilbron and eminent musicians Mhairi Lawson and Adrian Chandler present not only Burns' greatest hits, but also a selection of his lesser-known, yet fascinating works. Together these provide a comprehensive overview of his prodigious and versatile genius.
Divided into four thematic sections ('Love', 'Of Mice & Men', 'Off to War' and 'Food & Drink'), there's favourites like "A Red, Red Rose", "To A Mouse", "Tam O'Shanter", and "Ae Fond Kiss", interspersed with less familiar poems and songs such as "Rattlin' Roarin' Willie", "The Slave's Lament", and Burns's philosophy of poetry summarized in the three "Epistle to J. Lapraik".
I was born and raised in the area where Burns lived and wrote his poetry. The language/dialect he used (Lannan) is not always accessible to mainstream English speakers . In view of this, pronunciation is always contentious. The narrators did a good job of the impossible task of translating 200 year old language to current day phrasing. They kept the cadence and feeling of the works well. I would recommend this to anyone seeking to come to grips with this phenomenal talent. If you have to come to do an academic review II recommend the approach I took as as a Scot "learning" Shakespeare. Have a print copy and dictionary nearby as you listen. Oh, only negative bit - the very North American accents at the beginning and end - aarggh,
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