Seven Ages (compilation)

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Seven Ages

Poetry with music

Read by Sir Michael Caine, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, John Cleese, Catherine McCormack, Pete Postlethwaite & Ralph Fiennes


‘One of the best anthologies of the year… An arresting, deeply moving collection of the best of British poetry read by a star-studded cast’ The Independent. This exceptional anthology, based on Lord Owen’s published anthology Seven Ages – Poetry for a Lifetime, features many of Britain’s leading actors who have all given their services for charity. Shakespeare’s ‘seven ages’ speech (read by Sir Ian McKellen) punctuates the programme which contains 150 poems read by forty actors. Michael Caine reads Kipling’s ‘If’; Ralph Fiennes reads Hood’s ‘I Remember, I Remember’; John Cleese reads ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’; Pete Postlethwaite reads ‘Kubla Khan’.

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-644-1
    Cat. no.:NA218912
    Download size:38 MB
    Released:March 2000
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What a collection! The concept of this audio presentation may seem random or even confusing at first, but many will recognize its structure from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. In his ‘All the world’s a stage’ soliloquy, Shakespeare maps out the seven stages of man’s life. So, too, does this compilation of great writings read by some of the finest British actors and speakers. The resounding voice of Sir Ian McKellen serves as the tour guide, signifying each transition to a new age. In fact, the voices of all the performers here – from Dame Judi Dench’s distinctive authority to the familiar rolling tones of John Cleese – are magnificent. This audio presentation is a great concept with a phenomenal delivery.

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