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  • "A splendid meeting of narration and..."

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    For the increasing numbers who never had an opportunity to see Burton on stage, hearing him read poetry is one way of discovering what all the fuss is about. With one or two exceptions, his film work is mediocre, but in these narrations the depth of his intellect, his passion for words and his magnificent vocal skills give us not only beautiful versions of some wonderful poems, but also a splendid portrait of a great artist in his finest medium. Highly recommended.

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    The Richard Burton Poetry Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Samuel Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, John Donne
    • Narrated By Richard Burton
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    Richard Burton reads from Hardy and Donne, and performs a wonderful unabridged version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (along with Robert Hardy and John Neville).

    Blackbird says: "Could have been perfect"
  • "Masterly."

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    As in his Blake collection, Ralph Richardson illuminates Coleridge's masterpieces with warmth, intelligence and humanity. His "Ancient Mariner" is a towering alternative to the famous and better known version by Richard Burton, but his "Kubla Khan" is a stand alone masterpiece. Thoughtful, considered and extraordinarily skilful, this is poetry reading of a kind which has vanished from the contemporary world. Truly splendid.

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    Coleridge: A Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By Ralph Richardson
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    England has produced many wonderful poets. Samuel Taylor Coleridge is safe amongst their number. As well as a poet he was also known for his skills as a critic and philosopher. With his great friend William Wordsworth they began what is now seen as the Romantic Movement. Contributing such great works as 'Rime Of The Ancient Mariner', 'Kubla Kahn' and his opus Biographia Literatia to the English language ensures his place in our history.

    Mr. says: "Masterly."
  • "Truly great actor reads truly great..."

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    Ralph Richardson may have been less feted that his great contemporaries, Olivier and Gielgud, but a study of their respective canons shows him to be easily their equal. In this collection his magnificent vocal skills combine perfectly with Blake's visionary work to provide a splendid product. The warmth and clarity of Richardson's tone bring a deep humanity to these readings, a quality which couples perfectly with Blake's own deepest concerns and intentions. Rather fine, actually.

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    William Blake: A Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Blake William
    • Narrated By Ralph Richardson
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    William Blake is now considered one of the giants of poetry. During his life, and for many years after, he was thought of as mad. His wide ranging skills not only encompassed poetry but bestrode the visual arts too, with paintings and printmaking. Unfortunately, he could never fit in to what society expected of him, and his attacks on religion did not help. But his work was the true measure of his worth and remains with us today.

    Gareth says: "First rate recording, recommended to read along to"
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