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The Corporate Pirate of Penzance | The Marsh King's Daughter | Make Me a Musical | Liberty! | Much Ado | Nosferatu | Pride & PrejudiceWuthering Heights

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Millennium Suite
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Much Ado
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Based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Concept recording features Paul McGann, Claire Moore, Peter Karrie, Barry James, Simon Burke, Janet Mooney, David Pendlebury, and others. 26 tracks. 70 minutes.

"The usual fine cast once again give full throat to a grand selection of songs. One of the strongest facets of Mr Taylor's musical talents I have found is his ability to write music In the style befitting the age his work is set, as MUCH ADO so admirably demonstrates. Paul McGann's singing voice adds style. and panache to his solo numbers (If I Could Write A Sonnet and The Strange Affliction Called Love) as well as a pleasing accompaniment to the redoubtable Claire Moore In Disdain" and Then Kill For Me. Of course, as always Claire Moore gives a breathtaking performance with (among others) I'll Never Marry and How Can This Be, but then that lady can do no wrong in my book. It's another impressive piece from Bernard Taylor, reinforcing my impression that he is one of the finest British musical talents we have." - Terry Wardrope, Words and Music.

"It proves to be yet another fine slab of musical writing, full of invention and, as with all BJT offerings, dripping with melody. It also succeeds in capturing the mood of the period courtesy of a medieval English feel amongst the diverse musical influences. Paul McGann and Simon Burke must have been delighted with the quality of the material they were offered with the likes of I'll Never Love Again and If I Could Write A Sonnet - both grade 'A' Taylor ballads - gentle, flowing, melodious." - Mike Gibb, Masquerade.

Songs on the CD
You can hear selected pieces by clicking on the highlighted titles below.

1. VICTORY 3.22 (Leonato and chorus)
2. DISDAIN 2.57 (Beatrice and Benedick)
3. NOW I HEAR SYMPHONIES 3.05 (Claudio)
4. THIS STRANGE AFFLICTION CALLED LOVE 2.19 (Benedick)
5. REVENGE 3.03 (Don John)
6. I'LL NEVER MARRY 2.40 (Beatrice)
7. HOW CAN HE DO THIS TO ME? 2.39 (Claudio, Benedick)
8. THE SWEETEST KISS 3.02 (Hero, Claudio)
9. THEY WILL DRIVE EACH OTHER MAD (Leonato, Claudio and Don John) 2.23
10. SIGH NO MORE GOOD LADIES (Balthasar and chorus) 2.45
11. MADNESS (Benedick) 3.14
12. NEVER SATISFIED (Hero, Ursula, Margaret and attendants ) 2.38
13. HOW CAN THIS BE (Beatrice) 2.39
14. HOW HE'S CHANGED 3.00 (Leonato, Don Pedro, Claudio)
15. I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN 3.49 (Claudio)
16. THE OFFICERS OF THE WATCH 2.09
17. THE WORLD IS BRIMMING WITH LOVE TODAY 3.55 (Hero)
18. SHAME 3.03 (Claudio, Leonato, Don Pedro, Benedick, Hero)
19. THIS CANNOT BE! 2.39 (Leonato, Benedick, Beatrice, Friar)
20. IF ONLY I WERE A MAN 2.49 (Beatrice)
21. TAKE YOUR SWORD 1.53 (Leonato, Claudio)
22. THEN KILL FOR ME 2.07 (Beatrice, Benedick)
23. IF I COULD WRITE A SONNET 3.21 (Benedick)
24. I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN 3.08 (reprise) (Claudio)
25. COME LET US MARRY 1.27 (Benedick, Beatrice, Claudio and Hero)
26. FINALE 4.02 (company)

 

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