Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 1999
CD ISBN 9626341742 $17.98 Two CDs
DD ISBN $11.19
The sensibility of John Keats (1795--1821) to his imminent death lends a tragic intensity to this selection of letters and poems. This is enhanced by the fine performance of Samuel West, whose rich, young voice embodies the passion and precision so characteristic of the poet's brilliant and questing mind. The occasional commentary by Matthew Marsh is in deep, slow contrast to West's readings. Like other Naxos recordings, the piano interludes--in this case, a selection of Mendelssohn's piano works and his "Songs Without Words"--allow the listener reflective moments to digest the material. The whole is thoughtful and conducive to fully appreciating Keats's lyricism. J.H.L. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 00]
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