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From the Archives - Shakespeare in Music 3

William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare continues to inspire composers in the third installment of our series about the Bard. Enjoy music by John Knowles Paine, Shostakovich, Debussy and the rarely-heard original version of the most famous Shakespeare music by Tchaikovsky.

Compositions and Recordings

As You Like It Overture
by John Knowles Paine
Zubin Mehta with the New York Philharmonic

Romeo and Juliet (1869 version)
by Peter Tchaikovsky
Vladimir Jurowski with the Russian National Orchestra

Hamlet Suite
by Dmitri Shostakovich
Bernard Herrmann with the National Philharmonic

Music for King Lear
by Claude Debussy
Tadaaki Otaka with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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