Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2005
CD ISBN 9626343176 $26.98 Four CDs
DD ISBN $14.99
Actor and writer Heathcote Williams gives a masterful performance of Benedict Flynn's blank verse translation. Williams modulates his smooth baritone into different characters, maintaining an even pace through this classic work. The cantos are punctuated by short selections of music ranging from Gregorian chant to Renaissance dance music. The CDs are accompanied by detailed notes that outline the action of each canto and provide information on classical and biblical references. The notes also include reproductions of Gustave Doré's famous illustrations. A plaintive horn sounds the beginning of INFERNO, the beginning of Dante's journey from The Gloomy Wood to the Circles of Hell. Dante begins alone in a fog of seeking and confusion until he encounters the shade of Virgil. When the poets begin the descent at the beginning of Canto Three, Williams's booming voice is technologically enhanced to create an echo for the famous line, "Abandon all hope, you who enter here." R.F. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
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