This year, singer Rufus Wainwright released an album of Shakespeare’s sonnets on Universal’s classical music label Deustche Grammophon, timed according to the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago.
The album, called Take All My Loves, features several vocalists and actors, including Helena Bonham Carter, William Shatner, and Florence Welch. The music combines elements of classical and pop, and the sonnets, especially the lead song, “A Woman’s Face,” touch on the theory of Shakespeare’s possible bisexuality. Wainwright wanted to offer an album that presents the beauty of the centuries-old literature through gorgeous music, all while offering an opportunity to discuss gender and sexuality in today’s world.
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