RSC releases new CD for Henry IV Parts I & II
If you want to listen to some of the music and speeches from our current productions of Henry IV Parts I and II, you can now pre order them from our shop. The recording is the second in the ongoing series which continues the ambition to capture the specially commissioned music composed for our productions of all Shakespeare's plays, as we work our way through the canon over the next six years.
We commission several new scores each year and yet, when the production is over, they are usually consigned to the archive and rarely heard again – until now.
This CD, which follows on from last year's compilation of music and speeches from Doran's sell out production of Richard II, again includes music composed by BAFTA nominated Paul Englishby; but also from renowned composer Edward Gregson, who composed music for Adrian Noble's Henry IV at the RSC in 1991.
The CD also includes speeches from both parts of Henry IV by Sir Antony Sher (Falstaff), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal) and Jasper Britton (Henry IV), as well as the Welsh Song which appears here in versions by both Englishby and Gregson - for the same play but in productions performed decades apart.
The CD is on sale from 17 April 2014. Copies of the CD are available for pre order and priced at £5 from our shop.