Rufus Wainwright: Take All My Loves (9 Shakespeare Sonnets)

If, like me, you love Rufus Wainwright and Shakespeare, then this album will make you very, very happy. If, however, you like neither Shakespeare nor Rufus, it’s probably not your cup of tea. This unique collection of Shakespearean sonnets set to theatrical rock music features guests Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Anna Prohaska, Siân Phillips, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner. But the true stars are Rufus Wainwright and William Shakespeare.



The first two tracks are okay, but a somewhat lackluster start. The album truly begins with the dazzling title track, which is far more Rufus than the Bard.

The standout track is “Unperfect Actor,” in which Helena Bonham Carter gives brief poetic recitation before the song explodes into rock symphony featuring Martha Wainwright and Fiona Cutler.

Other highlights are “When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” which is sang as a lovely ballad by Florence Welch, and Anna Prohaska’s operatic “Farewell.”

The album also features new, alternative versions of three sonnets Rufus originally recorded for his Songs for Lulu album: “When Most I Wink,” “For Shame” and “A Woman’s Face.”

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Rufus Wainwright

Saranpreet: My Brilliant Image

By: Brendan

This astounding song appears to be an original composition with words by Sufi poet Hafiz. You can stream or download “My Brilliant Image” by Saranpreet (a.k.a. N.C. folk musician Liz Mundy) at Soundcloud…

One day the sun admitted,
I am just a shadow.
I wish I could show you
The Infinite Incandescence
That has cast my brilliant image!

I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The astonishing Light
Of your own Being!


Renee Fleming & Brad Mehldau: Extinguish My Eyes, I’ll Go On Seeing You (Rilke Poem)

The worlds of Opera, Jazz and Poetry collide in the strking, haunting and very unusual song “Extinguish My Eyes, I’ll Go On Seeing You” featuring vocals by soprano Renée Fleming, music by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and lyrics taken from Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem of the same title. This exquisite cross-genre collaboration is on the duo’s Rilke-inspired album, Love Sublime. Renée Fleming is set to perform the National Anthem at the Superbowl.

Extinguish my eyes, I’ll go on seeing you.
Seal my ears, I’ll go on hearing you.
And without feet I can make my way to you,
without a mouth I can swear your name.

Break off my arms, I’ll take hold of you
with my heart as with a hand.
Stop my heart, and my brain will start to beat.
And if you consume my brain with fire,

I’ll feel you burn in every drop of my blood.

-Rilke

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