MUSIC and speeches from Gregory Doran’s Henry IV parts I and II mark the second release in the RSC’s ongoing series of recordings of music and speeches, available now on CD and to download.
The aim is to capture the specially commissoned music composed for RSC productions of all of Shakespeare’s plays, as the company works its way through the canon over the next six years.
The RSC commissions more new music than almost any other organisation in the UK and yet, when the production is over, the score is consigned to the archive and rarely heard again – until now.
The latest release follows last year’s compilation of music and speeches from Doran’s Richard II, and again features original compositions from BAFTA nominated Paul Englishby, together with work by renowned composer Edward Gregson, who wrote music for Adrian Noble’s Henry IV in 1991.
The Welsh Song also features in versions by both composers – for the same play but in productions performed a decade apart.
Speeches are delivered by Antony Sher (Falstaff), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), and Jasper Britton (Henry IV).
The next release will be for the forthcoming production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
The CD, priced £5, is available online from the RSC shop – www.rsc.org.uk – or as a download from iTunes.