Classical 91.5

Shakespeare

It's April 23, the day we celebrate the birth of the Bard of Avon. Of course, we don't know what day Shakespeare was actually born on, but we do know that he was baptized on April 26, 1654 and died on April 23, 1616, so we have embraced April 23, giving a nice symmetry to the life of one of our greatest poets and playwrights.

Berlioz's The Death of Cleopatra is a haunting setting of Cleopatra's final moments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. Berlioz was an avid Shakespeare fan and wanted the piece to mimic the drama and chilling ending for the timeless story. This month the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Joyce Didonato share the piece (4/30). 

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