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by | Read by Paul Scofield, Kenneth Branagh, and a Full Cast

Classics • 3.1 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2002

It's a great pleasure to hear Paul Scofield as King Lear in a recording published to coincide with the actor's 80th birthday. The famous tenderness of his voice is well suited for the intimate medium of recorded drama; Lear's Act Three prayer ("Poor naked wretches") and his later scenes of reunion and reconciliation with Cordelia, for example, are among the most memorable moments of this recording. Kenneth Branagh, who played Edmond in a 1994 BBC recording of the play, here delivers a compassionate performance as the Fool. Alec McCowen also stands out as Gloucester and conveys the range of the old man's credulity, bitterness, and humanity. John Tydeman's direction oversees a moving production. G.H. 2003 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 03]

Retail pak • Naxos AudioBooks • 2002

CS ISBN 9626347449 $17.98 • Three cassettes

CD ISBN 9626342447 $19.98 • Three CDs

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