John Gielgud - Ages Of Man
Sir John Gielgud performing soliloquies and sonnets from Shakespeare.
This LP is a condensed version that is also available on DVD, info here. Per visitor request, if anyone has links for the video version, please post them in the comments - I'd love to see it too.
No one, but no one, could recite Shakespearean verse with greater taste, verve, intelligibility, and sheer beauty than Sir John Gielgud. [This is the] original Columbia Masterworks LP of the 1960s; OP for years. It's a specially produced condensation of Gielgud's late-'50s/early-'60s recital tour: There is no narration beyond the performer's own brief introductions and no musical interludes--and none is needed, since Sir John's voice was one of the twentieth century's most remarkable musical instruments. His recitation of the Bard's gems (including soliloquies from "Richard II," "Hamlet," and some sonnets) are crystalline: if you fear being unable to follow the verse, Gielgud will soothe and occasionally ratchet you into understanding. An indispensable addition to any Shakespearean collection or library of spoken poetry.
MP3, LP rip, 320kbps, runs 44 minutes, 101MB
Found at this super-terrific blog, thanks Tardy Music for sharing!