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Shakespeare's sonnets to be made into 'album of perfect love songs'

London, Sun, 22 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 22 (ANI): William Shakespeare, who died nearly 400 years ago, is still making a bid to top the music charts.

A group of Renaissance-style musicians have signed a record deal to release a compilation of the Bard's sonnets.

Since the songs on the album were written by the man regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time, the band believe they have an album of perfect love songs.

"The lyrics are so perfect, so beautiful, they say what we all feel about love then and now," Sky News quoted Robert Hollingworth, the musical director of the album, of the lyrics as saying.

"When you see someone and you fall in love with them and you say 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely'. What could be more lovely than a summer's day?" he said.

The main vocalist on the album Robin Scott agreed.

"You don't get a better writer than Shakespeare - no offence to any other writers out there, but his words were beautiful... with this hopefully we play homage to his words," Scott said.

Erin Headley plays a Lirione on the album, a 13-string cello from the Elizabethan period, kind of like a modern day bass.

She believes that the authentic sound of her instrument, put with Shakespeare's timeless words and the modern twist of high production values, creates a unique sound. (ANI)


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